Don’t Sleep On These AMAs Red Carpet Looks

An awards show is a small but welcome distraction amidst the political firestorm we’ve been entangled in over the past few weeks. Tonight, the 48th annual American Music Awards are kicking off, and the star-studded event is sure to be a spectacle that delivers some (lighter) drama.

A good red carpet is one that gets us speculating: Will nominee Cardi B shadily strut down the carpet in Nicki Minaj’s hater merch? Will Taylor Swift open the show in a bold blue gown in solidarity with her newly-public Democratic stance (while Kanye West passive aggressively tweets in his blood red MAGA hat)? Will Ariana and Pete take their PDA-filled relationship to the next phase and arrive in a two-person onesie? The possibilities are endless and, with luck, the fashions will be good.

But the red carpet isn’t the only place we’re looking for some style tonight. Our fashion queen Tracee Ellis Ross is back for a second round of hosting, and if we could dedicate an entire best dressed list to just the outfit changes we’re expecting to see this evening (last year saw 12), we would.

Here’s to a night of fashion, groundbreaking achievements (Cardi B and Drake are both tied with eight nominations each), and (hopefully) some good old celebrity shade. Ahead, we’re rounding up the looks that got us stopping and staring in all the best ways.


Add slaying the red carpet in Giambattista Valli to Dua Lipa’s list of new rules.

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Seeing double! Chloe x Halle work their twinning fashion magic once again, this time in matching Valentino dresses.

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We had a lot of high hopes for Tracee Ellis Ross tonight, but wearing an ensemble from Pyer Moss’ recent impactful runway threw them all out of the water.

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Ooo, look what you made her do. The new T-Swift is now a full-fledged member of the Balmain army.

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Amandla Stenberg, the only celeb who can make a Ralph Lauren tux jacket and Levi’s x Karla denim combo look good on the red carpet.

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We’re ready to boo up Ella Mai after spotting her in this cool, sea foam green Sergio Hudson suit.

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Vanessa Hudgens is glowing in Cushnie for her red carpet return.

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We’re crazy here for Constance Wu in her No.21 mini sequin number.

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J.Lo came and she conquered in a hard-to-miss pink Georges Chakra gown.

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Busy Philipps is quite busy with a lot of things: the release of an upcoming memoir, introducing us to Lindsay Lohan’s unique dance moves, hosting her own talk show; but she’s not too busy to show us exactly how to dress for the AMAs red carpet.

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Amber Heard proves you should always err on the side of dressy in a glitzy Ralph & Russo gown.

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Spotted – Leighton Meester looking stunning in a black and white Sonia Rykiel dress.

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