The best red carpet fashion at the AMAs

21November 2021

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.

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.

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 actress 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.

Eye-catching cut-out outfits were also a popular trend, with bold versions worn by the likes of Chlöe and Becky G. Bright shades also stood out — 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.

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.

Top caption: Olivia Rodrigo takes a selfie with fans during the 2021 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

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