2013 BET Awards Best Dresses: Ciara, Nicki Minaj, And More Top Our List

Despite sweltering Los Angeles heat, the ladies at tonight’s 2013 BET Awards put on their awards show best and turned it out (and up!) on the red carpet. Keeping it season-appropriate, there were very few attempts at gowns (props to Nicki Minaj), with the majority of the night’s stunners swinging toward shorter, more summery hemlines. It was a tough job narrowing down our top picks, but that didn’t keep us from trying. Peep our selects and tell us if you agree below!

CIARA IN SAINT LAURENT

Ciara at the 2013 BET Awards.
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I don’t know about you, but a teeny leather bandeau bralette and a pencil skirt aren’t exactly my idea of a comfortable outfit, but Ciara makes this look like second skin. C styled Saint Laurent ensemble with simple metallic pointed-toe pumps, silver bangles, and an asymmetrical cropped ’do.

NAYA RIVERA

Naya Rivera at the 2013 BET Awards.
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Glee actress (and Big Sean’s boo), Naya Rivera brought a heavy-handed dose of sparkle to the BET red carpet with her long-sleeved mini. Emblazoned with pastel greens, blues, and purples, the teeny dress looks red carpet-ready, but its loose silhouette means it’s also reeeeeally comfortable. Double win!

KAT GRAHAM IN VERSACE

Kat Graham at the 2013 BET Awards.
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Kat Graham turned heads at the BET Awards thanks in large part to her long blonde tresses but also that bananas vintage Versace frock. Going the full Donatella mile, she accessorized with medallion drop earrings and gold accented black satin booties.

JORDIN SPARKS IN CLOVER CANYON

Jordin Sparks at the 2013 BET Awards.
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We love that Jordin Sparks is repping one of our favorite up-and-coming young designers: Clover Canyon. The mirrored botanical print is both on-trend and perfect for summer, and Sparks styled it perfectly with a nude palette fresh face, loose half-up waves, and immaculate white heels.

NICKI MINAJ

Nicki Minaj at the 2013 BET Awards.
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Finally, there’s Nicki. One of the few ladies of the night to brave a floor-length number through the SoCal heat, Queen Barb embraced her inner summer goth with this lacy gown and an austere platinum center part. What probably kept Minaj from keeling over from heat exhaustion, though, were the stealth slashed out panels at her sides and, of course, that *achem* open front.

Who do you think was best dressed at the 2013 BET Awards?

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