And we do mean literally! This was a red carpet blinding in its sparkle!

The sparkle wave was in full force at this event — and to dazzling effect. Exhibit A? Angell Conwell.

An Old Hollywood-glam Niecy Nash.

Anika Noni Rose.

Essence Atkins.

Holly Robinson Peete.

Roslyn M. Brock, chair of NAACP, in liquid pewter.

A kicky, sexy turn from Regina King.

Variations on flame hues also figured prominently: see Demetria McKinney.

A gorgeous take on the peach trend from Julia Pace Mitchell.

Keshia Knight Pulliam.

Pure burgundy elegance for the ever-impeccable Viola Davis. (This is David Meister.)

And yes, white is still making a string showing — although luckily things were rather less creepily bridal than they've been in recent months. Kerry Washington, for instance, went simple, elegant and flawless in Zac Posen.

Sara Ramirez.

Miss Black USA Osas Ighodaro goes a little space-age, a lot fab.

Tatyana Ali.

On the uber-structured front, we have Amber Riley. This Jennifer Salzman isn't my favorite, but her commitment to pure glamour is unquestionable.

Kat Graham's frock, whatever your opinion, is one of the evening's greatest risks.

Sofia Vergara, a true modern bombshell, shows the potential of an LBD.

Tia Mowry, in full-on maternity fab.

Sis Tamara in teal — which, given the runways, isn't going anywhere soon.

Kimberly Elise channels a starry night.

Teala Dunn is clearly a style star to watch!

Sandra Oh contributes a rare print, and man do we love an evening print.

And Halle Berry's Pucci? Whether it's with awe or shock, there's only one word for it: stunning.