Any good music awards show should give its musicians the chance to show off their very individual styles. And when the stars showed up at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (November 22), there were a few standouts who chose to express themselves on the red carpet as much as they do in song.
Adam Lambert loves to go glam every once in awhile (or always). And the singer's sleek, chic Elvis throwback look, complete with the King's hairstyle and a sharp suit, showed Lambert's cool sense of self. Nicole Kidman, there with husband Keith Urban, represented for the non-musicians and looked absolutely stunning in her pink-and-taupe tiered Balenciaga gown. She was Hollywood in the sea of rock and pop stars. Maybe that wasn't the point, but it worked.
Rihanna took a risk with a black-and-white dress with an unusual hemline, stiff neckline, and rosette cutouts. In many ways, it wasn't very Rihanna — it almost felt too girly. But then again, there isn't one specific Rihanna look, and all she has to do is smile with confidence and she pulls it off.
Honorable mentions go to Shakira, who dazzled in a sassy yellow dress, which fit her well, proving the importance of tailoring in a red-carpet look. Fergie's dress may have been reminiscent of the one Shakira and Pink wore to the VMAs earlier this year, but it looked so amazing on her that it's worth repeating.