Daring Celebrity Looks on the Red Carpet

Cardi B kicked off her host duties at the awards show with a statement Schiaparelli style that included a gold-plated face mask.

Cardi B at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The rapper’s look consisted of an off-the-shoulder black dress and a see-through veil. She paired it with statement earrings and black gloves with stitched gold nails.

After walking the red carpet in this outfit, Cardi B switched to seven other looks, including a white dress with a thigh-high slit and a dress with a completely see-through skirt.

Billy Porter brought the drama to the awards show in a water-inspired suit with a matching umbrella headdress.

Billy Porter at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Billy Porter at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The actor’s Botter suit was designed with a slit across the chest. She paired it with black platform boots and some statement rings.

According to Vogue, the outfit was made from recycled plastic and belongs to the brand’s spring / summer 2022 collection titled “Global Warming.”

Halle Bailey wowed in a lace-up LaQuan Smith dress and matching heels.

Halle Bailey at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Halle Bailey at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The “Little Mermaid” actress’s dress had a cut that started at her chest and went down to her stomach. It also had slits on the hips and a thigh-high slit.

For the first time in a dress and heels on a red carpet, JoJo Siwa made a statement in a black dress with a see-through skirt.

Jojo Siwa at the 2021 American Music Awards.

JoJo Siwa at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The 18-year-old star said on Instagram that she borrowed her heels from her “Dancing With the Stars” co-star Jenna Johnson.

She complemented her look with two gold necklaces that read “DWTS S30” and “J Nation,” which she said in an October Instagram post was her team name for the show.

“I’m wearing a dress and heels for the first time in my life,” Siwa told People’s Jeremy Parsons and Janine Rubenstein.

Chloë Bailey looked elegant in a black dress with a thigh-high slit and bold cutouts at the chest and hips.

Chloë Bailey at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Chloë Bailey at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The “Have Mercy” singer arrived at the awards show in a Monsoori velvet dress. She paired the look with black Jimmy Choo heels and diamond jewelry.

Becky G wore a purple and black dress that had slits across the chest and abdomen.

Becky G at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Becky G at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The singer paired Raisa Vanessa’s dress with black Jimmy Choo heels and jewelry from Anabela Chan and Lana Jewelry, respectively.

JoJo hugged the on-trend thong visible in her silver Usama Ishtay dress.

Jojo at the 2021 American Music Awards.

JoJo at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The singer’s dress was designed with a thigh-high slit and hip slits that revealed a matching silver thong.

Winnie Harlow was photographed looking almost completely pure and jeweled.

Winnie Harlow at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Winnie Harlow at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The model wore the Zuhair Murad dress with a matching headband and gold heels.

Mickey Guyton shone in this Sophie Couture dress with a see-through skirt.

Mickey Guyton at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Mickey Guyton at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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The country singer wore her sparkly jeweled Alexis Bittar dress and YSL heels.

“West Side Story” star Rachel Zegler wowed in a monochrome Carolina Herrera gown.

Rachel Zegler at the 2021 American Music Awards.

Rachel Zegler at the 2021 American Music Awards.

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Zegler’s princess dress was designed with a layered tulle skirt and sleeveless bodice that had a cut out across the chest.

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