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Amber Rose, Ke$ha, and Miley Cyrus at the 2012 Video Music Awards on Sept. 6 in L.A.
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You never really know what to expect at an event like the VMAs, where candy colored hair and anime outfits DOMINATE the scene. Yes, we essentially live for this amazing creativity year after year, but we were also pleasantly surprised to see some seriously wearable trends from some of our music favorites last night on the carpet. Amber Rose, Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus , all worked it in sheer dresses with allover black detailing. Amber (who announced she was pregnant in the preshow!) looked radiant in a skintight gown that accentuated her baby bump. The long sleeves, high neck, and elegant detail meshed together for a new twist on classic glamour. Fact: it's impossible to predict what Ke$ha is going to whip out on the red carpet, but last night she kept things toned-down in a Zaldy number, Prada shoes, and bleach blonde hair. We love how the short length on the lace minidress is offset by the train in the back, making it quite literally the middle ground between the two. Last but not least, there's Miley, who rounds out three of the night's biggest trends in one simple gown. She's wearing a low-cut Pucci gown with long sleeves and sheer paneling. It's a seriously grownup look for the star, who's been channeling her punky side ever since her infamous chop. Does the fact that Miley opted out of tiny, punchy dresses for a more statuesque, sophisticated number mean her style is changing yet again? Guess we'll have to wait and see...
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Katy Perry, Video Music Awards

Katy Perry at the 2012 Video Music Awards on Sept. 6 in L.A.
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Hellloo Katy Perry! The superstar had all sorts of surprises up her (cough-couture-cough) sleeves tonight at the VMAs, with kissing Harry and Niall from One Direction ON THE LIPS on live television and whatnot...you know how it goes. But when she wasn't causing commotion (and making us jealous) onstage, she was killing the fashion competition offstage with a pair of dresses and classic H-Wood glam. Remember last year's avant-garde Dior getup, complete with a yellow head cube and lavender hair? Well, let's just say she swung in a darker direction this time around in a gothy Elie Saab gown with a sheer bottom and leather detailing. Topped off with sleek black long hair and a defined lashes, she kind of reminds us of a modern day Wednesday Addams meets Megan Fox. In other words, it's more of a throwback look to old-school Katy than bubblegum pop queen.

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One of the hardest parts of the epic evening that is the VMAs is that inevitable moment when we have to hunker down and decide our 10 favorite looks of the night. As always, the VMA carpet was awash in beautiful, daring, and downright bonkers looks, so to say this is a daunting task is the understatement to end all understatements. While there wasn't quite as much crazy fashion as there has been in the past--no candy raver mosaics, cube hats, or cross dressing, for example--the level of lavish was definitely sky high. With lace, sheer bodysuits, and every twist on leather we could imagine, this year's red carpet was filled with moments that made us pull up the images online, zoom in, and squint as hard as we could to try and take in every detail. The competition was fierce, and in our opinions everyone looked awesome (yes, even that guy in the pink spandex who totally photo-bombed Holland Roden's Red Carpet Report interview with Miley Cyrus), but in the end we had some faves that we just couldn't help but call out.

ONE DIRECTION

One Direction on the 2012 VMAs red carpet.
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We are so envious of the luscious locks the boys of One Direction were sporting on the red carpet, yeowza. The perfect combination of voluminous and soft, while also looking structured, we just want to run our hands through all of their hair like the giant creeps we now feel like for writing that sentence. But really, it's like the band stuck their heads in front of a very strong breeze and then expertly shellacked the results into place. Is that a perfect swirl right at Zayn's forehead? It is! Ah-may-zing. Oh yeah and they also wore clothes, whatever. Their red carpet look was sharp, classically British, and refined, with a mixture of slim suiting and classic basics in warm colors. And it complemented their hair (did we mention their hair?) perfectly.

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Holy bleach! Holy beach!  Blonde and tan was the theme of this year’s VMA red carpet.  In the spirit of healthy competition we’re going to play a little three-on-three. I’ve grouped the ladies into two teams (based on their lip color, of course): Team Red and Team Nude. And while Team Nude is without a doubt the most visually striking, I think Team Red’s polished, old Hollywood look may lead them to victory in these Blonde vs. Blonde games.  Let’s start with Team Nude:

TEAM NUDE: PINK

Pink

Pink works blonde hair and nude lips at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Pink looked like, well, herself.  Her style hasn’t changed much since she swapped pink locks for blonde ones oh-so many years ago, but that’s cool, she has a thing that works and she’s stickin’ to it.  Her smoky eye makeup looks great and her lipstick color was spot on.  It’s really hard to find the right lip color for the tan skin/white-blond hair combination without looking freakish, so it’s best to go with some version of your natural lip color with a little gloss.  This is exactly what Pink did and it looks great.

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Holland Roden catches up with Nicki Minaj on the red carpet.
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Stars: They're just like us, right? Well kind of. They keep their wallets in their pockets and their lipstick in their clutches, and they get excited to dress up for big nights in pretty clothes, just like us, yes. They also get custom bejeweled jumpsuits made for them by designers like Pucci (that's right, Rita Ora, we're looking at you, and you. Look. AMAZING.), so, you know, not so much always. Our main girl, Teen Wolf's Holland Roden got to the bottom of both the lavish and the ordinary, getting the low down on what some of our fave celebs--from Miley Cyrus to The Wanted, Nicki Minaj, and many more--were wearing and what they were carrying in their pockets. We also HAVE to mention the beyond adorable moment when Colton Haynes mock-proposed to Holland. Were we seeing a glimpse into the future? Ugh, we hope so (alternately, marry us, Colton?). Speaking of cute, MTV's newest addition, Snooki's son Lorenzo and his mama meatball stayed home from the festivities (although they did send a shoutout to their many fans) but the many of their fellow Jersey Shore-dwellers were on hand to chat it up on the carpet. Holland also got the first confirmation that lovebirds Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are indeed expecting their first child in the coming months! There had been much speculation that the couple was expecting, but no formal confirmation until tonight. The VMAs are the hottest place to announce you're preggers, lest we forget our first introduction to Blue Ivy, so it's no surprise. We wonder who it will be next year...Ok enough letting your mind run wild with speculation. Watch the Red Carpet Report after the jump and prepare to get totally slobbery over all of the amazing looks.

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Rita Ora Nicki Minaj VMA

Rita Ora and Nicki Minaj on the 2012 Video Music Awards red carpet on Sept. 6 in L.A.
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Here's the thing—celebs REALLY love sheer bodysuits (see: Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez) and on tonight's VMA red carpet, some of our favorite ladies kept with tradition. Rita Ora and Nicki Minaj both opted for sleek, curve-hugging onesies that had a hint (OK, a buttload) of sex appeal. Rita sported a completely blinged-out custom Pucci number that left us totally speechless. I mean, first off—that is a one deep V, friends. Her sheer black panel extended all the way past her belly button and the rest of her body was totally covered up in sparkly adornments. She paired her show-stopping ensemble with black Christian Louboutin pumps, Cartier jewelry and a matching clutch. She kept her beauty look equally as glam by sporting retro blonde waves with deep burgundy lip and cat eyeliner.

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Rihanna

Rihanna switches up outfits from the red carpet to the stage.
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I'll admit it. I was totally floored when Rihanna showed up at yesterday's 2012 VMA rehearsals with REALLY short hair. (Maybe it has a little something to do with the fact that I haven't changed my hairstyle in approximately eight years, but I digress...) Usually a drastic hair alteration isn't something you want to risk debuting at a major public appearance, but we all know Rih is the Queen of IDGAF and can pull off literally anything she wants. Por ejemplo: this here red carpet to stage switcheroo!

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Pink Miley Cyrus VMA

Pink and Miley Cyrus on the 2012 Video Music Awards red carpet on Sept. 6 in L.A.
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Whoa, are we seeing double? We couldn't BELIEVE how similar singers P!nk and Miley Cyrus looked on the 2012 VMA red carpet! P!nk (the newest face of CoverGirl and Video Music Awards performer) rocked an olive sequin Stella McCartney gown with a sky-high platinum bouffant and shaved sides. Miley, who recently chopped off all her locks, dolled up her sheer black Pucci gown with the exact same hairdo! Both ladies even opted for statement earrings sans necklaces with their gown, plus their beauty game was also totally on-twin. (You know, our new phrase for being on-trend twins.) They sported thick black liner with mile-long lashes, creamy blush, and soft nude lips. Me-ow. But, of course, we have to ask—which beauty look did you like best? Tell us in the comments below!

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Holland Roden Video Music Awards

Holland Roden at the 2012 Video Music Awards on Sept. 6 on L.A.
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OMG, the VMA red carpet has officially opened, which means our MTV.com red carpet host Holland Roden is about to talk all-things fashion with some of our favorite celebs. Eeee! As you may remember, we followed the Teen Wolf star all week long on her timeline to the VMAs—we watched her try out some hairstyles, test out some makeup looks, and even try on some dresses. So, what did she decide to wear on her big debut? A DARLING Pamella Roland number! Her flirty light green frock has a sheer overlay with tons of tiny beads embroidered all over. GLAAAMMOORR. She nailed her beauty look by pulling her hair back into a bouffant retro updo and paired it with a seriously heavy smoky eye and nude lip. PERF. For her accessories, she finished the look with beige peep-toe Giuseppe Zanotti pumps and Neil Lane jewelry. To get all the latest updates on the red carpet, keep checking back on our live blog!

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7:58 PM — ACK, it's show time, y'all!!! Gotta run inside to catch Rihanna and A$AP hit the stage!

Katy Perry

Katy Perry on the 2012 VMA red carpet.
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7:52 PM — Katy Perry adds another epic TRAIN to the night's red carpet count with her hair looooong and black. Very goth pretty.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj on the 2012 VMA red carpet.
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7:45 PMNicki Minaj just hit the red carpet in a sparkly black lace bodysuit. Skin-tight, naturally, with red JEWELZ in geometric detailing. Also, she's wearing a police cap.

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