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Rihanna rocking killer under curvature of the breast in Armani at the 2012 Grammys.
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Here at MTV Style, we subscribe to the to each her own, flaunt what you've got school of thought when it comes to style choices. Not so fond of said philosophy, however, is CBS, the network that will be broadcasting the 55th Annual Grammy Awards live on the east coast this Sunday. In an email with the subject line "55th GRAMMYS: Standard and Practice Wardrobe Advisory" that has been making the rounds on the internet today (first reported via Deadline), someone, who we're going to venture to guess is probably a dude, laid out some ground rules affecting what our favorite ladies can wear on Sunday night. The email reminds us of a puritanical high school dress code, with the assertion that artists and their stylists, and we quote, "please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered," among other things being, frankly, pretty hilarious. To elaborate on what they mean by "adequately," the memo goes on to say that "bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic." Does anyone else feel like they're listening to their principal give a lecture before a high school dance? *Cue Peanuts gang Wah-Wah grownup voice* Also "problematic" are "thong type costumes" and the "bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack." Once you're done chuckling at the phrase "buttock crack," stand beside us in solidarity for side-boob. Speaking of, what exactly are "female breast nipples," as in, "Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples." I mean, duh, we know, but like, do females have other kinds of nipples that we're not aware of (also shudder at the word "females")? Are male breast nipples allowed? Heaven forbid the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Sisqo can't let their shirtless freak flags fly (ok so maybe the dudes being shirtless trend is a little over). And one more thing, when CBS says "Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure," what exactly is that? That's one of those things where we think we get it but aren't totally sure and we just have to shake our heads. We're tempted to stand up on our soap box with a megaphone and start yelling now. Leave our "female breast nipples" alone! Rihanna, Katy Perry, don't lose sight of who you are. Viva side-boob!

Oh wait ONE more egregious affront to freedom that we just have to mention: "The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory," which means, no pink breast cancer ribbons, red AIDS ribbons, or American flags on your lapel? Is this all just a set up to get the rebels of the music industry to #OccupyGrammys? It's not like we think anyone is going to take this sitting down (or butt cheeks covered, as it were), but honestly, what does THE MAN want, a pop star uprising? In memory of sartorial freedom from tyranny on the Grammy red carpet, we've put together some of the most surprisingly (and not so surprisingly) memo-violating looks from the past three years after the jump. Look at them while listening to Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember You" on repeat.
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Katy Perry at the 2012 VMAs in L.A. on Sept. 7.
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Just when you think we've dissected every fashion and beauty moment from the 2012 VMA red carpet, we still have a little somethin' somethin' hiding up our sleeve—nail art! Tons of our favorite ladies sported super cute designs on their digits, and we NEEDED to get a closer look at these mini masterpieces. Katy Perry matched her nails to her killer goth-meets-garden-party Elie Saab Couture gown. She got her claws dolled up with a mishmash of studded half moon floral designs, bejeweled crosses, and red marbled tips. We're gonna need to try this mani out ASAP, kthxbi.


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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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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:



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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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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Pink's performance outfits from the 2002, 2008, and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
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BIG news today, y'all! The world's newest CoverGirl and reigning champion of lady badassery, P!nk, is confirmed to perform at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards! She joins English-Irish boy band One Direction and the incomparable Alicia Keys on the night's performance bill. Unlike the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed boys of 1D, this isn't P!nk's first time at the rodeo. She's performed on the Moonman's stage three times before, and each performance and its corresponding outfit has been more shocking than the last.


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P!nk is the new CoverGirl.
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Yes, world. We have a new CoverGirl. Alecia Beth Moore, better known as P!nk, will be the newest face gracing your magazines and TV spots in the name of the cosmetics giant. The "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" singer joins a long list of legendary CoverGirls including Rihanna, Ellen DeGeneres, Queen Latifah, and the brand's most recent title-holder Taylor Swift, but rest assured, Miss Moore is bringing her own CoverGirl steez to the campaign.


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Keri Hilson, Jessie J, and Pink wear punky combat boots.
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In keeping with the late '80s/early '90s revival (oh, you thought the resurgence of flannel, jumpsuits, and neon at the same time were a coincidence?), the hard-as-nails combat boots of the punk/grunge/New Wave era are making a comeback in a big way. This week alone, Keri Hilson, Jessie J (now without cast!!!), and Pink have all worn variations on the classic look. But, obviously, these fashion-forward ladies aren't wearing your parents' Doc Martens. Some things remain the same, for sure, and the essence and sentiment, of course, persist through ages, but Keri, Jessie J, and Pink are wearing iterations on a stand-by, updated for the current times.


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Each day, through New Year's Eve, we'll bring you a list featuring some of the most unforgettable looks of 2010.

The red carpet gives musicians a chance to go glam, but the stage is where performers get to show off their true artistic style. And this year saw a number of fun trends in performance wear, including fluorescent colors from M.I.A., couture-like gowns from Florence Welch, and tons of leopard print and glitter from Ke$ha (who else?!). Here, we take a look back at the 2010 performance outfits that got us talking.

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE: Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in a gorgeous, Grecian-inspired peach gown. The feminine frock had lovely pleating details throughout, and Florence looked almost Goddess-like in the romantic dress.

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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LADY GAGA: Oh, Lady Gaga. She never disappoints us when it comes to fashion, does she?! The singer looked like a star (a shooting star, specifically) at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in her sculpture minidress.

Lady Gaga performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Aug. 6.
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KE$HA: Known for her "garbage chic" flair, Ke$ha rocked patterned tights, a retro tee, and leopard print gloves on stage at a New York City concert in August. Even though we'd never sport the outfit ourselves, we definitely give Ke$ha props for her boldness!

Ke$ha performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 12.
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KATY PERRY: Katy Perry looked pretty as a peacock during a performance at Splash Bar in New York last August. The pop star hit the stage in an embellished white outfit, paired with "peacock feathers" attached to the back. Katy had several jaw-dropping performance outfits this year, but this was definitely the widest wildest!

Katy Perry performs at Splash Bar in New York on Aug. 27.
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USHER: One of our favorite hustlers, Usher, took the stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in a head-to-toe black outfit. The futuristic look included a leather vest, padded pants, and flashy sunglasses.

Usher performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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RIHANNA: Rihanna flaunted her fab figure in a shoulder-padded sparkly, pink leotard during a New York performance at Madison Square Garden last August. She rocked the pantless ensemble with embellished black boots and fishnet tights.

Rihanna performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 12.
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M.I.A.: M.I.A. looked like a florescent rainbow at the Spike TV Awards in Los Angeles. The singer picked bright blue hair, a shiny yellow shirt (to match her canary-colored nails), and hot pink bottoms. Plus, check out her fuchsia lipstick! Color us crazy, M.I.A.

M.I.A. performs at Spike TV's 'Scream 2010' in L.A. on Oct. 16.
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NICKI MINAJ: Nicki Minaj went for a superhero theme for her 2010 MTV Video Music Awards performance outfit. The singer chose a pink and purple outfit crafted by designer Marco Marco and repurposed Chanel boots that were reworked with pink leather trim at the thigh.

Nicki Minaj performs at the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show in L.A. on Sept. 12.
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30 SECONDS TO MARS: Jared Leto, the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, never bores us with his innovative looks. During a performance at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands, Jared opted for a white leather jacket, studded red gloves, and a "graphic" tee. He finished off the outrageous outfit with tribal face paint.

Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars performs at the Lowlands Festival 2010 in the Netherlands on Aug. 22.
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PINK: No one could have predicted what Pink would reveal when she started taking off her white hooded dress during her 2010 Grammy Awards performance. The singer stripped down to show off a nude bodysuit with patches of glitter and strategically placed white strips in what was one of the most talked-about performance outfits of the entire year.

Pink performs at the Grammy Awards in L.A. on Jan. 31.
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