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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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Rihanna shows off her new short hair at VMA rehearsal last night.
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We're counting on the stars to whip out surprises during the VMAs- that much is given. But leave it to Rihanna to one-up literally everyone else and pull a major fast one the NIGHT BEFORE the show! (Nice one, Riri.) She clearly couldn't wait until tonight's opening performance with A$AP Rocky to show off her brand-new pixie hair, so she debuted her seriously daring cut at last night's rehearsal in L.A. It's a short, sleek crop, with bangs reaching upper-forehead level and a little big of shag over the ears...it's chic AND spunky, and we're kind of in awe. The singer is no stranger to switching up her beauty and style game for the VMAs but who would've ever thought she'd pull a Miley and go super short?! Um, no way... especially considering her beloved ponytail-and-hat combo as of late.

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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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Video Music Awards stage

The 2012 VMA stage.
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It’s eerily quiet in the Staples Center the day before the 2012 Video Music Awards. We’ve got rehearsals all day but it’s lunchtime and the countless crew members and producers that just moments ago milled in clusters in front of screens and cameras have dispersed for a bite. It’s freezing because the ACs are cranked to a billion--as is the wont of such cavernous spaces where burly dudes lift things--but I gotta say, it’s beautiful in here.

The main stage features three monstrous LED screens that create a curved landscape, not unlike an IMAX screen, and the projected images change from a hyper saturated mountain vista to futuristic videogame terrains. In front is a crystalline canopy that glows in various colors and to its right (as in stage right) there’s another set of angular shards. On the left, to switch it up, is a series of thin, long, LED cylinders upon which you can project other images and colors. Inspired by kid’s string art (the yarn version of macaroni art where you thread colored string to nails on a wood panel), it looks sorta like a really big harp that juts out towards you like some cubist Sydney Opera House. The whole thing reminds me of a rave flyer version of Superman’s fortress of solitude. Except that it’s not Kal-El’s quiet place so much as it is the MUSIC PARTY EVENT OF THE YEAR.

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One Direction Video Music Awards Rehearsal

One Direction rehearses for the Video Music Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. on Sept. 5.
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“…You make my heart race.” It’s hilarious but I did not fully expect to be as SMITTEN KITTEN the moment the handsome, young (stress on YOUNG) lads of One Direction hit the stage. Yet here I am in the Staples Center the day before the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards unprepared for how legitimately magnetic the fellas are. You can only imagine what the performance will be like live on the night of the VMAs when they’re flanked by throngs of screaming fans who have all been toiling to make sure that the Irish/English quintet win over Justin Bieber for the new ‘Most Share-Worthy Video’ category.

Made famous by X-Factor and pop svengali Simon Cowell, One Direction is of course comprised of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson and each are wearing some variation of jeans and a tee or flannel. It’s classic rehearsal garb—sneakers are scuffed, denim well worn and the button-downs are beloved and rumpled but we need to talk about the hair. THE HAIR IS PRISTINE. It’s hysterical that each dude—from Harry’s tousled fringe to Zayn’s two-tone pompadour to Niall’s shock of sculpted blond locks—boasts a performance-ready look.
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Alicia Keys, VMAS

Alicia Keys at her 2012 VMA rehearsal in LA.
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OK, you know how you suspect that Alicia Keys’s IRL voice would be bonkers because, um, hi, it’s Alicia Keys? Well, I got to witness her rehearsal and I can confirm with solemn conviction and super-bugged eyes that GIRL ON FIRE. Seriously. I’d seen Ms. Keys perform at various events but there’s something about the absence of an entire cheering audience that makes her voice fill a room. Mind you, the room in question is the monstrous Staples Center, so this is no small task. Wearing speckled sunglasses, a rope chain flooded with small gems, with slicked back hair and a black tank, Alicia pounded on the keyboard with stunning aplomb that showcased a spectacular gun show. As in, HAVE YOU SEEN HER ARMS LATELY? They are seriously sculpted.

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A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky will perform with Rihanna at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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ZOMG, guys. Forgive us for the rampant abbreviations, capitalizations, and punctuations that are sure to follow because we're finally able to publicly rejoice that A$AP Rocky is JOINING Rihanna on stage at the 2012 VMAs. (!!!!!!) That pretty mother--y'know is linking up with Rih for a special remix of "Cockiness (Love It)" (an MTV exclusive you can actually listen to RIGHT NOW), and, as if that weren't enough, the powerhouse duo will open the show! *grips mouth to keep from squealing* We've already mused about what Rihanna will wear on stage, but now, we're turning our focus to A$AP's TBD performance togs, specifically his pants.

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Nicki Minaj, VMAs

Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011 (left) and 2010.
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Are ya'll ready for this?! Your Tuesday afternoon is about to get a WHOLE lot more exciting, because Nicki Minaj will be performing at the 2012 VMAs! (Pause for excited dancing.) Yep, that's right. She'll be joining fellow performers Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift onstage at the Staples Center this Thursday night for a sure-to-be-epic live show. We've already started counting down the days, hours, and even MINUTES until she hits the stage, but there's something equally important we need to discuss about Nicki's upcoming VMA performance right now...and that's her outfit, obviously. No lie, it's going to be pretty tough to top the amazingly out-there candy raver ensemble she worked last year, a look SO obsession-worthy, we even dissected it all piece by piece! She set the bar seriously high with 2011's pink and yellow beehive hairdo, surgical mask, and metallic-Anime-candy motif outfit, but if anyone can push the originality envelope even further, it's Nicki.

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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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