Justin Bieber’s 2012 American Music Awards Style Is All Black, Red, And Drop-Crotch Pants

Justin Bieber wears black, red, and drop-crotch pants at the 2012 American Music Awards.
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Justin Bieber set pretty high style standards for himself with last year’s AMA triple outfit tally, and while nothing will exactly rival the fact that dude switched his hair up THRICE in one awards show (without wigs!!!), Bieber’s 2012 American Music Awards looks were simple and streamlined — an important and deliberate move for an artist aiming to define himself as more than just a teen idol. Before raking in a grand total of three AMA statues tonight (including coveted Artist of the Year honors), The Biebs hit the red carpet in an ALMOST all-black ensemble.

Justin was murdered out from head-to-ankle in modified clubmaster shades, a grandpa cardigan, a wet-look tank top, and black dress socks tucked into quilted drop-crotch sweatpants. Yep. QUILTED. DROP-CROTCH. SWEATPANTS. He gave the outfit a pop of color via red smoking slippers covered in black spikes and finished it off with one final red carpet accent piece: an icy single-strand chain. Bieber performed a two-song set for the 40th anniversary show in an outfit that kept many elements from his step-and-repeat look, namely the tank, the color scheme, and the *achem* abbreviated inseam.

Justin took to the AMA stage for an acoustic rendition of “As Long As You Love Me.” Fittingly, he lost the sweater for the stripped-down performance. *ba dum TSH, slaps knee, coughs on own saliva* The second-half of his performance was the high-octane “Beauty And A Beat” complete with Nicki Minaj’s guest verse. Biebs and presumably Swag Coach Ryan Good accommodated the choreography-heavy song with sportier accessories — a flat-brim snapback and NEO adidas sneakers — but we’re not exactly sure what good those red drop-crotch trousers with the tiered knee caps are doing for his dance moves. #rangeofmotion Which of Justin Bieber’s 2012 AMA looks do you like best?

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