Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN
Cardi B, Olivia Rodrigo and Larray were among celebrities embracing the post-lockdown return to glamour at the American Music Awards tonight, where plenty of sequins, flashes of skin and sleek tailoring were seen at the event’s red carpet.
The awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, honors the best music by newcomers and established talent in the industry, across genres from country to R&B.
Rapper Cardi B, who hosted the event, set the bar high for fashion this evening, arriving to the red carpet wearing a golden mask, statement earrings and a black veiled gown by Schiaparelli
. “West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler also stunned in a frothy black and white ruffled gown by Carolina Herrera, while Machine Gun Kelly went with an edgy tunic by Ashton Michael, embellished in metal eyelets and chains.
Rapper Cardi B wore Schiaparelli on the red carpet. Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images
Rodrigo (pictured top) and a number of other stars turned up in sparkling numbers. The singer wore a sheer David Koma gown with periwinkle sequins, a long slit and feathered train. Others to literally shine on the night included actor Marsai Martin, in a high-necked Missoni gown covered in a shimmery zig-zag design, as well as country singer Mickey Guyton in an iridescent fringed skirt. Model Winnie Harlow wore a creation by Zuhair Murad that featured dangling teardrop-shaped gemstone beads.
Winnie Harlow attends the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images
Eye-catching cut-out outfits were also a popular trend, with bold versions worn by the likes of singers Chlöe and Becky G. Bright shades also stood out — “Pose” star Billy Porter
strutted in a bright blue co-ord with a plunging keyhole cut out and umbrella-shaped hat by Botter, while TikTok star Brittany Broski wore a firetruck red gown.
Singer Becky G arrived in a purple and black cocktail dress with power shoulders and cut-outs. Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images
Larray paired his Gucci suit with bold platforms. Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
Rapper 24KGoldn and YouTuber Larray chose floral patterns, wearing a black and white Marni suit and a softer rose-printed Gucci one paired with red platforms, respectively. Others went for dapper tailoring, with BTS arriving in double-breasted suits in shades of grey and black and the members of Maneskin in matching black suit-and-bowtie looks. On the other end of the spectrum, stars like Bad Bunny eschewed formality altogether opting to sport a light green puffer jacket.
Scroll through the gallery above to see what celebrities wore on the red carpet.
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