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It's a little tough to properly stalk an award show's red carpet when the pre-show is streaming instead of being televised, because buffering always seems to happen at the exact moment Nicki Minaj takes over your screen–and the second you get a proper glimpse, your screen goes black, and then your heart breaks in half. Just me? Oh. Anyway! The stars seeeeriously turned it out for tonight's Billboard Awards red carpet, even if Time Warner Cable didn't appreciate it as much as I did.

NICKI MINAJ IN ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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Nicki Minaj at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
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Remember back when Nicki used to show up to red carpets looking like a Harajuku doll in tiered, technicolor dresses and pink wigs (which may or may not have been cast off to Rihanna as hand-me-downs)? That's nothing but a distant memory, and I, for one, couldn't be more thrilled, not because I don't love the old Nicki, but because I love the new Nicki even more. Tonight, she chose an Alexander McQueen gown that was totally sophisticated and super chic, or as super chic as underboob can possibly be—it was basically the MTV Movie Awards all over again, but with less jewelry and more cutouts.
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Miley Cyrus, Wayne Coyne

Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne performing 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' together.
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A few days ago, Miley Cyrus posted a picture on Instagram of her feet covered with sequins and the words "Dirty Hippy" with absolutely no context. We just assumed she was up to one of her typically crazy antics (it would rank among Miley's tamer moves, TBH). But after watching Miley and the Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne perform "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" at tonight's Billboard Awards, those glammed up toesies make a lot more sense.

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5SOS

5 Seconds of Summer at the Billboard Music Awards.
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The Billboard Music Awards marked 5 Seconds of Summer's first-ever televised performance in the U.S. (Translation: Us Americans are soon going to be just as obsessed as their fellow Aussies already are.) So, yeah, tonight was a pretty major milestone for the about-to-be-HUGE boy band, and making a big first impression calls for pulling out all the stops, style-wise. Taking a cue from boy bands past, the dudes hit the stage wearing something we've never seen on them before—matching outfits. This was no all-white-everything suit situation like Backstreet Boys' heyday, nor was it anything like One Direction's color-coordinated pocket squares, because 5SOS aren't your average boy band.

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Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX

Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX performing at the 2014 Billboard Awards.
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At this point, Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX have performed "Fancy" together a bunch of times. Though they've matched in monochrome, brought back their Clueless-inspired video outfits, and most recently, wore their own personal preferences (Iggy in a Scarface romper and Charli in all white), they hadn't yet hit the stage in identical outfits until tonight at the Billboard Music Awards.

Both Iggy and Charli were decked out in plaid cheerleading-inspired looks that were a little more ~rebellious~ than they were preppy/sporty. The ladies even matched their hair and makeup with long, undone waves and bold red lips. If they were the captains of the cheerleading squad at my school, I'd definitely join the team.

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Amber Rose

Amber Rose at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
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Spoiler alert: Amber Rose totally stole the red carpet thunder at the Billboard Music Awards. While she pretty much always turns heads with her fashion choices, she went above and beyond with tonight's ensemble—namely her HUGE sunglasses. And by huge, I mean they literally cover half of her face.

Pharrell

Pharrell in his sunglasses for Moncler.
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When we saw the Queen of Hangout Festival and her gargantuan shades (which came from Pharrell's Moncler collaboration, NBD), we appropriately freaked out. Twitter was right there with us—it wouldn't be an awards show without a Twitter freakout, right? Check out some of our favorite observations:


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Backstreet Boys

Howie is praying that he won't spill ketchup on his white pants.
Photo: Jive Records

It's been a decade and a half since Backstreet Boys' third album, Millennium, hit the airwaves, forever changing our lives and the legacy of boy bands as we know it.

Unlike the dudes in *NSync, who each had their own respective personal styles, BSB exhibited an admirable dedication to matching. They matched in the videos off of their first and second albums (see: "Quit Playing Game [With My Heart]" and "As Long As You Love Me" for two prime examples), but their propensity for outfit coordination hit a truly impressive note during their Millennium era.

When you think of the word "millennium," what do you think of? The year 2000? Nah. You think of five dudes dressed in head-to-toe white and that's thanks to the album cover and, largely, this video. This monotone look was iconic enough that Blink-182 spoofed it in one of their videos. These outfits deserve attention and we're gonna give it to 'em.

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Katy and her new 'do.
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Katy Perry debuted a new shade of green for her hair. While IRL her hair has faded, she keeps the "slime green" alive and well on stage with magic a wig.

• Nicki Minaj teased a photo from the set of her new video, in which she totally looks like the barb next door. No wigs and a sweater—maybe subdued Nicki is here to stay?

Karlie Kloss and Selena Gomez matched in monochrome at the American Ballet Theatre Gala. We're, like, pretty sure they got ready together at Taylor Swift's. It makes sense, right?

• In "Dark Horse," Katy Perry requests someone make her an Aphrodite, and that's exactly what artist Mark Ryden painted her as with blue hair, floral dress, and all.

• We took a look at Tyler Posey's style evolution, from tiny QT in Maid in Manhattan to adult QT in Teen Wolf. He wore a leather jacket on his first red carpet, which is the most #swaggy.

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Yasssss. Just in time for the weekend is a brand new video from NY-based rapper Le1f. The video features Le1f as the only man around (and alive?) dancing atop of ruins, and crossing swampland in a way that is supes elegant in a deserted and abandoned forest setting before making his way to a mysterious light on the other side of the woods. Excited about this video and all of the looks styled by Andreas Aresti yet? Then let's get started!

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Still from Le1f's 'Sup' video.
Photo: Terrible Records.

Who's that mysterious hooded figure in the olive green jacket? And what's up with that light?

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora in her Adidas Originals collection.
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We still don't know when we can ~officially~ get our hands on Rita Ora's highly anticipated, and presumably highly awesome, Adidas Originals collection, but we do know it'll be worth the wait whenever it drops. How do we know, you ask? Because at this point, it seems like whenever Rita steps out of the house, she's wearing a new piece from her line. I feel like this collection is going to be huge. I mean, my list of Rita x Adidas pieces to buy gets longer by the day.

Between the metal-shell toes we've been dreaming about for the last six months, tropical-flower-print hoodie, and the floral jumpsuit, I have a lot to add to my closet. And now I have some colorful shoes and a sheer jumpsuit to consider. It's a lot, but I like it. It keeps my brain active, right?

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Whitney Port

Whitney's got some new hurr.
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Whitney Port has chopped off her trademark long hair just in time for summer, y'all. Welcome to the "short hair, don't care" club, WP! Perhaps she was inspired by the heat wave that's beating down on L.A. right now? Waist-length hair is a lot when it's 90 degrees, TBH. In the past, Whitney has come up with creative ways to get the bulk of her hair off her neck, but this cut does the work for her, no elaborate braiding required.

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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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