Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez Dazzle On AMA Red Carpet

Our style experts say Taylor Swift played it too safe and dish on the bold fashion statements from Sunday's show.

The American Music Awards was all about the ladies on Sunday night, but it wasn’t just the electrifying performances that got people talking, it was the fashion as well. From metallic gowns to pink hair, there was a little bit of everything to brighten up the red carpet.

Katy Perry hit the stage to perform her new single “The One That Got Away,” and also scored a special AMA for being the first woman to earn five #1 singles off one album. But before all of that, Perry hit the red carpet in a vibrant, Vivienne Westwood Couture gown that accented her pink hair.

“I didn’t mind her red carpet look,” Celebuzz Senior Producer Jackie Willis told MTV News about Perry. “I didn’t think it was her best, I didn’t think it was her worst; it was fine.”

Also looking pretty in pink, Nicki Minaj strutted down the red carpet in a somewhat understated (for her) Oscar de la Renta silk gown with a black lace bodice. But viewers couldn’t seem to take their eyes off Minaj when she kicked off the show in a futuristic get-up, complete with rear-end speakers. Nicki was joined by David Guetta for her songs “Turn Me On” and “Super Bass.”

“I’m always really into Nicki’s style,” Willis said. “It’s weird and outrageous, I liked it.”

Arguably young Hollywood’s cutest couple, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber brought movie star flare to the AMAs as they walked hand-in-hand down the carpet. Gomez stunned in a Giorgio Armani gown with a plunging neckline and open back, looking both sophisticated and glamorous.

“I loved it, I love them,” Willis said. “I thought they looked very ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Very formal, probably one of the more formal couples on the red carpet. I think that Selena has a very good handle on her style. I love the ‘short in the front, long in the back’ that she always tends to wear.”

Gomez’s pal Taylor Swift, who won three AMAs, including the top prize of the night for Artist of the Year, sparkled in a gold Reem Acra gown with a side-swept ponytail, which seems to be a favorite look overall for the country star.

“Taylor Swift always looks stunning because she’s always wearing the same style,” Willis laughed. “I was thinking maybe that’s her lucky color because she always wins an award in a gold gown.”

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Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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