Last night at the 40th American Music Awards, the stars were shiny and bright, with gold being one of the most popular colors on the red carpet.

I didn't love this dress when I saw it on Rumer Willis at the amfAR gala, but Zendaya Coleman looks adorable in it. Weird.

Here's Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin. Strange dress, stranger hair.

Some dapper dudes: Curtis Jackson, Tyga, Kevin Richardson, Phillip Philllips .

Ladies and gentlemen: The Eyebrows and Lips of The Wanted.

Mr. Saggypants himself, Justin Bieber.

Is The Beebs wearing a leather tank top??? His mom has no problem with it.

Your friend Chris Brown looks morose.

Lance Bass shimmers in blue.

Brad Goreski pairs a tux jacket with embellished jeans.

It appears that Psy is wearing a collarless leather jacket with shoulder pads and sparkle trousers. Horrible. Love you, Psy.

More leather and sparkle: Gwen Stefani and the guys from No Doubt.

Kelly Rowland's dress is reminiscent of a cave in Yoshi's Island. In a good way.

Gloria Estefan wows in figure-hugging iridescent green.

There's something super late 70s/early 80s happening with Christina Aguilera 's look, which is not necessarily bad. The wig seems too light for her skin, but whatevs, that's cool, she's channelling Ann Jillian in It's A Living.

Christina Aguilera, kicking up her heels. It sucks when a wig looks like a wig. The dress is flattering, at least?

Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo. I am of the opinion that this dress is hideous.

Awesome LBD and cherry-red heels on Lucy Hale.

Slinky black on Jennifer Morrison.

Black with a kaleidoscopic bodice: Rocsi Diaz. I dig everything except the skirt portion.

Now let's look at some pale shimmery sparkly things: Hayden Panettiere in a pretty little ice skating/effervescent cocktail dress.

Carly Rae Jepsen in sugary pink with sequins. She looks good, but this gown is not terribly exciting or current.

Ginnifer Goodwin, also in sugary pink — a much more interesting dress, although the collar is weird.

Soft peachy pink is great on Ke$ha . Wiggy wig, ugh.

Oh look, it's our old friend sheer/nude/mesh see-through. So hot right now. Kimberly Cole looks very Vegas. Fine. Me no likey, but fine.

Next up: Metallics. Colbie Caillat's pewter gown appears to be cobbled together and pinned closed, but the turquoise touches are gorgeous.

Stacy Keibler and her legs show off in geometrical gunmetal.

Pink's a warrior in a bronze breastplate and fluid skirt. Dig the contrast of hard and soft.

Ever-understated Golden Girl Phoebe Price.

Golden goddess: Elisha Cuthbert.

Jenny McCarthy pairs gold with black.

More gold: Heidi Klum, in barely-there lace.

Taylor Swift rocked a tiny beige/sheer/nude with hints of gold.

Does Taylor Swift ever have a hair out of place? Is she ever not flawless? Does she worship at the altar of perfect? It's kind of annoying.

Thank you, Cyndi Lauper, for some old-school crazytown music awards steez. And thank you, Mayra Veronica, for that gravity-defying cleavage. Things were getting boring.

Let's finish up with some vivid colors: Carrie Underwood in dazzling amethyst.

Kerry Washington's zingy lemony yellow is vibrant and awesome, even if the hem length is all wrong. (Should be shorter!)

Last, but not least: Nicki Minaj in chartreuse, doing her best broken-down doll couture poses. That's how you steal the spotlight. We'll forgive the wiggy wig here.

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