14 Looks That Stood Out At The 2016 American Music Awards

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Over the past few years, the American Music Awards ceremony has seen its share of memorable style moments. We're thinking back to Zendaya's pink Ungaro minidress, Selena Gomez's sequined Givenchy number, and of course, Lady Gaga's ethereal Versace gown — and her ultimate accessory, a real, live white horse. Needless to say, our red carpet expectations for the awards show have been set high. And this year's event, well, didn't exactly live up.

No, we're not experiencing a bout of award dressing fatigue (it's only November, after all). But with today's (arguably) most famous supermodel as host (here's looking at you, Gigi Hadid), we were hoping for some major high-fashion moments like those we've seen before. What we got instead was a slew of wild-card looks that were a range of hits and misses (with the majority leaning toward the latter).

Fortunately, that means the getups that were good really stood out. See which stars pulled out all the stops, ahead.

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This is what we call an A for effort. In retrospect, Tinashe's polka-dot Michael Costello dress has the makings of a piece that works — the off-the-shoulder neckline, the voluminous sleeves, the semi-sheer fabric. What we'd change? The thigh-high slit and the too-chunky choker. In this case, less is definitely more.
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Simple, but fun. Loud, but elegant. Youthful, but sophisticated. Noah Cyrus' red carpet look by Cynthia Rowley checked off all the boxes.
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Some called Gigi Hadid's Roberto Cavalli number "the wedding dress of your dreams." Now, we may not necessarily agree with that statement, but what we do appreciate about this lacey piece is how easily replicable it is at all price points — look to Free People, For Love and Lemons, and Alice McCall for similar bohemian options.
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Let's ignore the bottom of Ciara's Stephane Rolland dress and focus on the top. 1. It's a turtlneck (major). 2. It looks so damn good on that baby bump. We would have preferred the skirt to follow the same bodycon silhouette rather than bubbling out — but, hey, we can't have it all, can we?
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Okay, so there's a lot happening here: shorts, a cape, all-over turquoise sequins. But, we applaud Hailee Steinfeld for rocking such a fun — and, dare we say, retro — Elie Saab number. It's something the soon-to-be 20-year-old would pull off.
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Taraji P. Henson described her oversized-Céline-shirt-as-a-dress look as "effortless, easy, and breezy," and we couldn't agree more (though we have to admit her purple lipstick steals the show).
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Perhaps the best dressed of the evening, Selena Gomez wore a red Prada gown that reminds us of the Calvin Klein number Jennifer Lawrence wore to the 2011 Academy Awards (which happens to be one of our favorite awards show moments of all time). Nice move, Selenita.
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Adding this Steven Khalil gown to the ongoing list of outfits Teyana Taylor slayed this year.
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The proportions of Ariana Grande's ensemble may have felt slightly off, but we're definitely into the juxtaposition of her wide-legged Alexander McQueen trousers and Idi Sarrieri lingerie crop top.
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Could Lady Gaga's white Brandon Maxwell pantsuit be a nod to Hillary Clinton? We're going to go with a resounding "yes."
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A lesson on how to wear white head-to-toe and look freaking amazing, courtesy of Halsey.
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In other news, Chrissy Teigen wore the highest slit the world has ever seen. Mic drop.
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Behati Prinsloo reminds us: The magic of a little black dress never seems to fade. (Especially when it's Vivienne Westwood).
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Karlie Kloss' cut-and-paste-style Versace dress may have received a bit of criticism in the Twittersphere, but we like how the model brought a much-needed dose of runway style to the red carpet. Sure, it may be too "fashion" for most to embrace, but that's something we're all about.
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