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VMAs: Music's big night demonstrates style

The MTV Awards is known for its casual, zany, and bold red carpet looks - think Lady Gaga, Madonna, Nicki Minaj... But this year, there was more glamour than ostentatiousness. Consider persona extraordinaire Nicki Minaj who tempered her appearance and opted for more traditional attire, you know a dress and pumps, and so went the rest of the music flock... and their followers.

Iggy Azalea in Versace and Nasrin Imani necklace - Celebs opt for style, sex, and glamour for music's big night.
Iggy Azalea in Versace and Nasrin Imani necklace - Celebs opt for style, sex, and glamour for music's big night.Photo by Jason Merritt

The red carpet made for an interesting and legitimate fashion fare. Consider Kesha (formerly stylized as Ke$ha) who dropped the trashy-classy persona for just classy at Sunday night's awards show dressed in a crystal studded white gown with a plunging neckline. (The rainbow hair still very present.)

Miley Cyrus went demur with an all black leather bandeau top and pants which was quite flattering with her cropped mane. Katy Perry demonstrated business as usual in an all denim Versace gown. If that sounds bad, that is because it is but it is not the worst of this narrative. Perry's beau accompanied her in an equally busy denim outfit. It was all very Country Music Awards.

Speaking of country, the starlet who is quite country but did not come outfitted in all the stereotypes of the genre was Taylor Swift. Swift wore a romper from a very high fashion label, Mary Katrantzou with Elie Saab shoes appearing to be truly all legs, with bangs and beach hair. The youthful look was to be admired as no one else could pull this look off as she did.

Past MTV Music Award shows have boasted the most outrageous ensembles that this year's show seemed tamed. There was no "meat dress" as Lady Gaga brought to fame in 2010. In 2011, Katy Perry's bright geometrical look was one of her more calm get-ups and the teddy bear onsie in which Miley Cyrus pranced about last year is a thing of the past. Miley went demur; Lady Gaga was absent from the show entirely; and Katy Perry was business as usual. But not to overshadow the glamour that did take the red carpet.

It is not only the music crowd who heat things up at the MTV music awards. Rose McGowan bared her bottom at the 1998 awards with then-boyfriend Marilyn Manson but this year, instead, the red carpet saw more model-types and Kardashians solidifying the event.

Check out the slideshow for a rundown of the pretty and the sexy at the 2014 VMAs.