Muse performing at the 2012 EMA on Nov. 11.
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Even though the 2012 EMA were jam-packed with killer performances (tune in tonight at 11/10c on MTV2 to watch it all go down!), we have to say there was one onstage ensemble that really stood out to us on the style team—and nope, it wasn't worn by Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, or even Rita Ora—it was sported by *drum roll* the lead singer of Muse! I know, I know. We never really talk about the British rock band's on-point style, but when we peeped frontman Matthew Bellamy's insane LCD glasses, we had to discuss IMMEDIATELY. We were not only blown away by his tiny lyrical screen shades, but that, um, haiii, it was totally an homage to one of the most iconic ladies in fashion, Ms. Lady Gaga!

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Tonight's 2012 EMA red carpet was ALL about branching out of one's fashion comfort zone. Whether it's Rita Ora trading jumpsuits for a floor-length dress, Taylor Swift opting for a super-sleek gown (sans red lipstick!) or Carly Rae Jepsen taking Old Hollywood glamour to the next level, these ladies pulled out all the style stops tonight in Frankfurt. Those watching stateside have to wait a few hours in order to see the action go down on TV, but we've got your EMA fashion preview right here. Check out our top five looks below!

LANA DEL REY IN SHAREEN

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Lana Del Rey at the 2012 Europe Music Awards.
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Lana Del Rey has built her entire career on her retro-inspired sound, so it's only appropriate the singer rocked an equally old-school look at tonight's Europe Music Awards. Keeping things simple in a vintage-inspired midnight blue satin wrap dress by Shareen and black pumps, H&M's newest face styled her jet-black hair into her trademark bouffant for a grownup look that's not boring, not over the top, but JUST right. Well done, Lana!

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Rihanna at last night's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
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The Nor'easter storm may have hit the East Coast last night, but the snow didn't stop supes like Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr and more from stripping down to their skivvies at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. While the models were busy flaunting their killer bods (#jealous), Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars added even MORE eye candy to the mix with performances guaranteed to explode our fash-music minds. RiRi showed up to the event in a Miu Miu cropped silk tank and pencil skirt from the Spring 2013 collection-fresh off the runway!- but it wasn't before long before she switched into her second outfit for the night. Clearly inspired by the whole lingerie theme, Rihanna hit the stage to perform “Diamonds” in a drapey black corset and a custom-made asymmetric hem skirt by designer Adam Selman. Before we go on any further, we MUST pause for a moment and discuss that sky-high slit and garter tights. Even surrounded by supermodels, RiRi can clearly hold her OWN! She topped off the steamy ensemble with ladylike touches like Chanel pearl sunglasses, a vintage 5-row pearl choker and lacy gloves. After the show she tweeted, "#LEGITmodelSh*t I'm a #VS girl now lol." Um, YEAH.

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Taylor Swift at the 2012 CMAs.
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Just putting it out there, Taylor Swift MUST have superhuman powers or something. Besides selling a record-breaking 1.2 million copies of her new album Red in its very first week, she manages to head straight from a whirlwind promo tour in NYC back home to Nashville for the Country Music Awards. Whew! We're tired just thinking about it. And the biggest (although not that surprising) accomplishment? Even with a crazed schedule like this one, she still looks gorgeous. For several weeks now Taylor's been driving her Red message home with—what else?—a closet full of red clothing. The CMA Awards last night proved no different, as the pop star worked not just one but two different cherry-hued dresses on the carpet and onstage.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry wears quick-change ballot dress for her Las Vegas Obama rally performance.
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Katy Perry rang in her 28th birthday (HAPPY BDAY, KP!!!) with a very special performance for President Barack Obama. The incumbent president invited Katy on stage in Las Vegas for her second Obama performance of the MONTH. Just when you thought her patriotic nails for the "30 Days To Victory Concert" were spirited, she completely out-does herself with a skin-tight, latex ballot dress. *one hand in the air, one hand on the pearls* Werque, child.

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Taylor Swift in New York City for her 'Red' promo tour.
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Back in the summer we gave major style props to Emma Stone for transforming her Amazing Spider-Man press tour into a bonafide runway show. She sported five different fresh-off-the-catwalk creations in just a couple of days, which was ridiculously impressive. But leave it to Taylor Swift to go and one-up the actress with a fashion show of her OWN. To celebrate the release of her new album Red (which we've had on repeat all day, not gonna lie...) Tay has been hitting up all sorts of press outlets within the past 48 hours and showing off different looks every step of the way. Sure, we've been seeing the expected dose of bright red, but that's not the only color palette the pop star's been rocking. Taylor performed on Good Morning America in all black, wearing a skater skirt, a shimmery sweater, striped tights, and oxfords. She switched things up for her second song on the program in plaid pants and a cable knit sweater. For the interview portion of GMA, Taylor paid tribute to the album name in a short-sleeved cherry-hued dress, nude pumps, a simple gold bracelet...AND a beauty look that included red lipstick, of course.

Taylor Swift in New York City for her 'Red' promo tour.
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Four days, 1300 bands, and countless shows later, CMJ 2012 is officially over. But although the New York City music marathon may have ended on Saturday, that awesome post-concert high definitely hasn't stopped quite yet. You know what we're talking about- our ears are still ringing, we've got new songs stuck in our heads, and let's just say our iTunes library is very, VERY happy. And here's one more thing that made this year's CMJ extra special- all the music was topped off with a jolt of killer, cant-wait-to-copy style. Whether it's camo, schoolgirl skirts, or a twisted new take on rock n'roll black, we've called out favorite fashionable acts to watch. See who made the cut below!

KILO KISH

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Kilo Kish at CMJ.
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OK, so we're already in love with Kilo Kish's futuristic-sounding mashup of hip-hop, smoothly poetic vocals, and funky melodies on singles like "Navy" and "Watergun." But now that we've finally witnessed the Brooklyn musician (and Odd Future tourmate) working her magic live, consider us obsessed. She's got a style as unique as her sound, sporting hot pink lipstick on the regular and pairing an eclectic uniform of leather jackets and printed blouses with THE ultimate accessory- gorgeous wild hair. Her amazing style isn't a coincidence, either- she studied textile design at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (!). Kilo put her fashion background to good use this weekend at the Fader Fort with an unexpected combo of pleats, oxfords, knee socks and a motorcycle topper. In other words, total proof that polished AND edgy don't necessarily have to be mutually exclusive.

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Lourdes Leon Madonna Wardrobe

Lourdes Leon and a pic she snapped backstage on the MDNA tour.
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We have to admit—Madonna's MDNA tour wardrobe was one of the most talked about events of the summer. (I mean, Jean Paul Gaultier reconnected with the pop star to create another iconic corset and Jeremy Scott outfitted the backup dancers in super decked-out duds. Ridic!) Little did we know, though, that Madonna's daughter Lourdes Leon would also be helping out in the wardrobe department! Yesterday, she posted an entry on her Material Girl blog (with the hilarious title "Lola’s Latest: The Joys of Folding Underwear," nonetheless) dishing on all the deets behind the scenes. During the show, Lourdes helped the backup dancers switch outfits during their quick changes. She said, "Thirty seconds to totally dress a sweaty dancer can be insane and provoke mucho anxiety. Doing this night after night was pretty cray, but I loved every minute of it!" Um, I'll say. That sounds AWESOME.

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The internet rumor mills are churning at full-speed this afternoon as speculations that Beyonce MIGHT be the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performer are cropping up seemingly everywhere. [UPDATE: Beyonce CONFIRMED!!! *brain explodes into flurry of blue glitter confetti*] The current football season's Super Bowl will take place February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the 10th Super Bowl for the Big Easy's stadium. Bey would certainly have some big shoes to fill coming off Madonna's EPIC 2012 halftime show which was not only stacked with career hits ("Vogue," "Music," "Gimme All Your Luvin," and more) but loads of FASHUN. Madge's performance was dripping in Givenchy and Jeremy Scott for adidas, setting the sartorial bar high for whoever might follow. Though Beyonce's performance is still unconfirmed by the NFL and the singer herself, we still wonder what she might bring to the Super Bowl performance outfit table, so we looked to some of Bey's past sports performances (with and without Destiny's Child) for some styling clues. Call it our version of Fantasy Football.

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Beyonce performs the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII and before the 2004 NFL opening game.
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Beyonce has worn ivory suit separates for two major NFL events in the past: singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXXVIII and perfoming with Destiny's Child before the 2004 NFL opening game. Bey certainly didn't leave the crisp white look behind in the early aughts (see her "I Was Here" music video for proof), so we definitely think this is fair game if Beyonce hits the New Orleans superdome stage in February. PLUS, blazers and rip-away slacks can always hide a more sparkly ensemble underneath. *WINK*

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Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen in Topshop at Comedy Central's Night Of Too Many Stars.
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Celebrities: they're just like us! OK, maybe not. But we've got one thing in common with our favorite music stars, and that's a serious Topshop obsession. Demi Lovato's been sporting the U.K. megabrand on the X-Factor all summer long, and now Carly Rae Jepsen is giving her a run for her money with her own wardrobe. The "Call Me Maybe" singer performed at Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars" event last night, rocking not one but TWO very different Topshop outfits. She arrived wearing the brand's Embossed Skater Dress, a not-so-basic LBD with a mesh insert. It's a girly look for sure, but Carly toughened it up with a pair of heeled booties from- guess where- yep, Topshop.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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