Taylor Swift Switches From Sweet To Sultry For 2012 American Music Awards Performance

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the 2012 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 18.
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After strutting the 2012 American Music Awards red carpet glowing in gold, locks swept back in a smooth chignon, Taylor Swift let her hair down for her onstage performance of "I Knew You Were Trouble." Appearing at the top of a grandiose staircase (we admit we were a little hopeful for some "Love Story" deja vu), the Favorite Female Country Artist looked beautiful in a delicate white dress with a sheer and embroidered bodice. She also kept her beauty game simple and sweet, missing that bold red pout she's been sporting while promoting her newest album, Red. But we know our girl, and as amazing as she looked, we figured she had a trick up her sleeve.

Lo and behold, in a flurry of masqueraded men, TSwift emerged in a red and gold accented bustier with a black tulle skirt and sparkly cowboy boots just as the dubstep set it. We immediately recognized the color palette as the same one the singer wore for the 2012 EMAs. Although we're used to seeing Taylor rock out in glittery dresses, we have to say we're digging her edgier outfits of late. I mean, she's even been wearing pants recently. We can't wait to see what she wears next.

Which one of Taylor's AMA performance outfits did you like best? Let us know!

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