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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga performing at the 2013 AMAs.
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Lady Gaga swapped her purple Versace gown for a sparkly ensemble during her AMA performance of "Do What U Want" with R.Kelly. As the Marilyn Monroe to R.Kelly's JFK (yeah, R. Kelly played the president in this American-inspired performance because DUHHHH), Gaga began the performance in a sequined jacket, which she quickly removed to reveal a matching dress. Very ice skater chic: getting in the Winter Olympics mindset, eh, Gaga? ME TOO.

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Rihanna

Rihanna at the 2013 AMAs.
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Ever underscoring that she's Princess Doing-Everything, Rihanna wore a Dominican doobie wrap and pins to accept her award for top R&B Female Artist—the hairy hair-cap most black women tend to reserve for the ride to the salon—paired with a goth mermaid look (custom Jean Paul Gaultier sequined-sweetheart bralette and matching mini cascaded with lace, BTW). The coiffure seems to be a deliberate accessory to the #ghettogoth steez she's been riding so hard lately (to the chagrin of Ghe20 Goth1k originator Venus X) and another entry in the recent pantheon of "hood accessories" incorporated into high fashion. (See: the proliferation of house slippers and socks in these streets, including Miley Cyrus, via Phoebe Philo.) Twitter was mostly beside itself, underscoring the importance of bringing visibility and power to every aspect of black hair, often immersed in politics. As writer and cultural critic Sydette Harry (@Blackamazon) tweeted, "@Rihanna is what happens when [West Indian women] get enough money to not be able to google a f*** to give. I.LIVE.FOR.IT."

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One Direction

One Direction on the red carpet at the 2013 AMAs.
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Does anyone know what vitamins One Direction takes? What magical concoction gives them the ability to host a 7-hour livestream for 1D Day yesterday and then roll up to the AMA Red Carpet looking fresh, coordinated, and as cute as ever? Because HEYYY, I WANT SOME.

For their arrival, the guys stuck to a black and grey palette, but in varying forms of dressiness: Harry had on a tuxedo jacket, while Niall had on a charcoal bomber jacket. Liam, as usual, had on an inexplicable trench coat. All five guys wore tight black jeans and, unusually, Harry's weren't ripped at the knees! These must be his formal jeans. Louis, as always, skipped socks because having smelly feet must be his ~thing~. Zayn's turtleneck was not out of place, despite being in L.A., because, as you may have heard, it's 61 degrees there and all Angelenos are freaking out about the cold front. If Zayn gets too cold, Liam could lend him his coat. He always has one with him.

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga in Versace at the AMAs.
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What's one perk of being the new face of Versace? As Lady Gaga knows, it's wearing the designer to the AMAs, the night after your first ads were released. *hair flip* After teasing her red carpet wares on Twitter with lyrics from her "Donatella" track, Gaga trotted into the AMAs wearing lilac Versace while riding on the back of a white horse, which was not a real animal but an elaborate costume on top of two very strong men in white spandex.

Once she dismounted, the full-length view of the two-tone purple, cut-out Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear gown was visible, as was the lion head necklace/body chain steez that is also featured in her ad. You get an outfit and accessories when you're the face of Versace? Where do I sign up?

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Nicki Minaj, Amy Heidemann, and Audrina Patridge wear the best shoes of the week.
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Okay, we're still nursing our 2011 American Music Awards hangover, still going over the pics, reliving the mems (that's short for "memories"), rehashing our fave momes. Tuesday rolls around and it's time to recap the best shoes of the week. Well, two and two makes four, and all of the above amounts to an AMA-themed Shoe Update brought to you by performer and winner Nicki Minaj, newcomer (and also winner!) Amy Heidemann of Karmin, and red carpet host Audrina Patridge. Real talk, though. We should make it perfectly clear that even though these well-heeled ladies and their respective footwear and all having stepped out in their finest to the same event do wrap things up oh so tidily, make no mistake that we did, in fact, scour through the entire week's shoes, Tuesday to Tuesday, and these three were head and shoulders (or shall we say heels and ankles?) above the rest.

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We look forward to each year's American Music Awards as a place where breath-taking and outrageous fashions mix, mingle, and outright COLLIDE, and tonight's show was no disappointment. From the bubblegum pink-ness of Katy Perry to the many outfit changes of Justin Bieber, stars turned it OUT in both their flashiest and finest. With so many ladies and gents bringing their fashion A-game, repping so many styles, it's never easy to pick just one favorite, so we picked our top TEN looks of the night.

TAYLOR SWIFT IN REEM ACRA:

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2011 American Music Awards on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Taylor Swift cleaned UP tonight, raking in an armful of awards including the top honor, Artist of the Year. She also looked drop-dead and way mature, might we add, in this champagne-colored Reem Acra column gown. True to Swift's signature style, it was decked out in sequins.

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Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears

Jennifer Lopez performing at the 2011 American Music Awards on November 20, 2011 and Britney Spears performing at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2000.
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It's the performance that broke the Internet. Jennifer Lopez took to the 2011 American Music Awards stage for a show-stopping set which included two on-stage wardrobe changes, a staircase of shirtless man-candy, and a baubled dancing cane. To say the very least, our minds were blown. J.Lo went HAM, bodying the entire audience with an inspired dance routine. #flygirls4eva! She opened in a gauzy, leopard print cape-slash-gown from Giambattista Valli's 2011 fall/winter collection, with slow dramatic movements that reminded us a little of Florence and the Machine. A swift sleight of hand trick, and she was transformed into the glamazon Jenny from the block that we know and love, clad in GOBS of glittering fringe that caught so much dazzling light and movement. AND THEN, that came off to reveal a nude bodysuit decked out and bedazzled with so many strategically placed crystals. But it wasn't just J.Lo's rousing performance that had everyone abuzz. Watching Jennifer go hard in all that nude sparkly goodness couldn't help but conjure up memories of Britney Spears's iconic outfit on stage at the 2000 VMAs.

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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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