Sophisticated Style at 2014 American Music Awards

From Booty to Ball Gowns

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OK so she's not exactly dressed, but this sparkly red leotard proves yet again that Ms. Lopez literally repels the aging process. The forty-five year old performer looks better than basically every twenty-five year old we know and for that reason she, and her ruby get up, are amongst the most memorable of last night's AMAs.
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Ok, so Nikki Minaj's dress kind of resembles a nightgown--fitting as she was performing her new song, 'Bed of Lies'--but the often over the top rapper looked uncharacteristically feminine in this soft, white number. Cut to screen grab of the Anaconda video #MostImproved
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The dress you should loath but can't because Rita Ora looks so. damn. good. The beautiful singer effortlessly pulled off a bright yellow number that on anyone else would have been more Big Bird than chic.
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The always on-trend Giuliana Ransic in a dark blue, mono-sleeve number.
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No, we didn't accidentally throw in a picture of Angelina Jolie circa the 2001 Oscars, but Jessie J was a dead ringer for the sultry star in this sleek, white number at last night's American Music Awards.
Three words: Justin Bieber who? Though her red carpet gown may have been a bit mature for the 22 year old singer, the flowing champagne dress Selena Gomez donned during her 'The Heart Wants What It Wants' performance was a showstopper.
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The impossibly statuesque Taylor Swift--winner of Dick Clark's Award of Excellence--was stunning in this green, peek-a-boo gown #MermaidBarbie
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Kendall Jenner was perhaps one of the best dressed of the evening because, shiny. Her hair was shiny, her skin was shiny, and her jewels were shiny. The reality TV star turned super model was glowing in a floor length but still youthful black and white number. Elegant AND shiny. We liked it, we liked it a lot.

Last night’s American Music Awards was a parade of sartorial awesomeness. From my best friend T-Swift to Iggy Azelea, the night was considerably more fashion forward than in previous years. Though inside, the show revolved heavily around Booty, the carpet was a sea of elegant–mostly floor length– evening wear.

Traditionally, music award shows are an excuse for celebrity stylists to flat out LIE to their clients and convince them that flank steaks and garbage bags are reasonable clothing options and most unapologetically arrive in wacky ensembles. But this year’s carpet pulled an evening wear 180 with noticeably more refined, sophisticated gowns. Most donned bright, solid colors with the still-trendy cut outs and some–cough, Nicki Minaj–were almost unrecognizably lady like.

In an effort to round up all of the the pretty presented at last night’s show, we’ve complied the best of the best dressed for your viewing pleasure. Let’s hope the upcoming 2015 award season sees similarly sensational style.

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