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After her SHOWSTOPPING VMA outfit caused a scream-fest both before and during the awards for its DARING use of a surgical mask (not to mention layers of metal, lace, tights, animal socks, mishmashed leg warmers, and an errant doll-baby thrown in for just the right amount of added whimsy), Nicki Minaj continued down her candy-colored road of many colors at the VMA afterparty for Lil Wayne's The Carter IV. She arrived at Boulevard3 in Hollywood wearing a slightly toned down yet still pink, pink, and MORE PINK formfitting outfit that hinted at the TOKYO-TASTIC cartoon character she played earlier in the eve. While her afterparty outfit might not be as HARAJU-KU-KU as her awards show one, we still think its playful mix of Japanese street style with Barbie doll aesthetics is worthy of a full-on, anatomical BREAKDOWN!

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Nicki Minaj at the 2011 VMAs.
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Nicki Minaj was nothing short of a JOYOUSLY BIZARRE REVELATION at this year's VMAs with her much photographed and blogged about futuristic candy-pop, Harajuku-esque, club kid ensemble. (Did we forget to add cartoon robot baby-nurse? Please FORGIVE.) The Barbie-loving Best Hip Hop video winner (ONE FOR THE LADIES!!!), sent the entire VMA red carpet pre-show crowd into a screaming FRENZY when she arrived, her typically diminutive figure eLONGated by a towering beehive of bubble gum pink and lemonade yellow hair buns resting atop her head like undulating saltwater taffy (YUMMM). But it wasn't until she stood still, a Whoozit-inspired stuffed toy dangling all the way to the ground from her finger, that we had a gummi bear-induced EUREKA moment. Could Nicki Minaj's outfit be an ode to the candy raver days of yore?

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Selena Gomez's outfits at the 2011 VMAs.
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Any way you dice it, Selena Gomez looked in-CRED-ible at the 2011 VMAs. On the black carpet at the preshow, she was a vision in a lacy black Julien MacDonald gown. The dramatic hi-low hem, the sulty strategic sheer paneling, that NECKLINE. We die. If she weren't so stinkin' sweet, this would be THE perfect outfit for some classically seductive villainess. But Selena Gomez is wearing it, so it just looks sophisticated and insanely HOT (and not scary).

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Lady Gaga as Jo Calderone by Terry Richardson.
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Now, it's OFFICIAL. First, a prominent feature in the "Yoü and I" music video. Then, an all-night appearance at the 2011 VMAs. And now, Lady Gaga's dude alter ego Jo Calderone has been immortalized by the white-hot flashbulbs of legendary rock and roll photographer Terry Richardson. This makes Jo, we think, a bit of his own bona fide seperate entity, breathing new and individual light to what had seemed at first a fleeting character (most likely Gaga's aim all along, but we aren't mind readers). Jo's style is simple—white tees, black slacks, Elvis-esque pompadour—but that's what makes him the perfect subject for a Terry Richardson shoot. The photos are classically Terry—beautiful, clean, raw, and REAL. Peep the rest of the photos AND last night's live performance of "Yoü and I" at the 2011 VMAs after the jump!

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Justin Bieber channels Kanye West at the 2011 VMAs.
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So this is one of those times when we're almost like, "Whoa, how DARE we make a comparison this colossal??" but then a second glance at this side-by-side convinces us that the better question is: Really, how could we NOT?? Justin Bieber and Kanye West are two mammothly successful mega-stars of humans who are ultra-famous and infamous, each in his own right. They have their own styles—musically and sartorially—and seldom are the two mentioned in the same breath. Until now. Because maybe we're crazy, or we're so punch-drunk from marathon blogging the WAY eventful 2011 VMAs that we're apt to say anything in such a fragile mental state as this, but we're declaring that Bieber's outfit HAS to be some sort of homage (be it subconscious or not) to Yeezy's 2010 VMA performance outfit!

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Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and JoJo in shapely dresses at the 2011 VMAs.
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Although we expected a "statement" from Lady Gaga at last night's VMAs, we weren't expecting that she would tone down the amount of fashion SO MUCH (while amping up the ah-mazing Jo Calderone theatrics, of course). Mother Monster is usually all about an exaggerated silhouette or, you know, sculpted, body-con, raw meat shapes. But this year, she changed it up—as promised—and allowed some of her female contemporaries to steal the dramatic silhouette spotlight. So, who tried to outdo Lady Gaga's usual OUT THERE outfit shape CRAZINESS?

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Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne all wear animal print to the 2011 VMAs.
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Who said fashion was a lady-exclusive space? I know we've been focusing on the sartorial adventures of those VMA attendees of the fairer sex, but we're down to recognize that dudes didn't just bring it, they unloaded it and merchandised it in perfectly parallel three-finger-spaced rows on the table. So much so they're even dictating TRENDS. Yea, you heard me (or read me, you get the point). A hearty standing O began at first sight of those leopard skinnies and has continued into the afternoon here at MTV Style for the collective exemplary display of animal print made by Justin Bieber, dad-to-be Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne.

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Katy Perry Nails

Katy Perry's nails at the 2011 VMAs.
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We were already smitten with Katy Perry's ever-changing VMA outfits (she started off in an Asian-inspired Atelier Versace frock and finished the night in a shapely Christian Dior Fall 2011 couture ensemble), but when we took a closer look, we noticed she ALSO swapped out her nails to match her outfits! *GASP* Katy is KNOWN for her to-die-for customized nail art (at last year's VMAs, she sported her hubby Russell Brand on her tips), but switching up her nail game MID-SHOW brings it to a WHOLLLEE other level.

For her red carpet look, her pink pastel nails matched the pink puffs on her dress PERFECTLY, and the neon yellow lines mirrored the exact pattern on her frock. UH-MAZING.

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Well folks, it's been another year and yet another entertaining (and STYLE CRAZY!!!) VMAs. Seriously, what other awards show gives you a giant, yellow cube hat, a Ralph Macchio look-a-like, and a surgical mask as the accessory du jour? We don't mean to breathe on our Minx Nails and shine them languidly on our hypothetical METALLIC LEOPARD SEQUIN blogging gown, but we're pretty proud of all of the celebs who truly brought it this year. We don't know about you, but it felt like a PARTY (a sparkly, cat-eyed, Minnie Mouse party) out on that red—er, black—carpet, and we had a hard time narrowing down our STYLE FAVES to just 10 SHOWSTOPPERS. You see, in our no-rulez book, EVERYONE'S a WINNER, buuuuut, we picked 10 anyway. Thus, without further ado, we present our OUTFITS OF THE NIGHT!

BEYONCE

Beyoncé at the 2011 VMAs.
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Newly announced mommy-to-be Beyoncé glowed in a fiery one-shoulder Lanvin gown that showed off a more regal side to Bey. Her effortless side pony and simple accessories were absolute PERFECTION against her bold dress. But we're sure Jay-Z already knew that.

KATY PERRY

Katy Perry at the 2011 VMAs.
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Katy Perry took a bit of Asian influence with her to the VMA red carpet! She wore a springy floral blue, pink, and yellow Atelier Versace frock, hot pink strappy Jimmy Choo sandals, and a matching parasol, which made her freshly dyed pink hair POP.

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The cast of the "Jersey Shore" at the 2011 VMAs.
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The cast of the Jersey Shore arrived (whew!) at the VMAs in the wake of hurricanes both literal and metaphorical. They were—as always—tanned and buffed despite the otherwise cloudy skies that have been dominating their native New Jersey environs, and they stepped up the WOWW (sorry, had to) fashion factor in a captivating array of sparkles, animal prints, and dark 'n' brooding suits. But were the boys tipping their nonexistent hats toward their rain-soaked summer home with this somber choice? Or were they stormy due to a different "situation"?

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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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