09/06/2012 10:59 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

VMA 2012 Hair & Makeup Moments: Rihanna's Pixie, Katy Perry's Extensions And More (PHOTOS)

The VMAs bring out the crazy. Remember Katy Perry's bright lavender hair last year? And what looked like a dozen pink and yellow bagels on Nicki Minaj's head? Well, this year, in some sort of group effort, it seems everyone has decided to keep it classy. (Besides Nicki, she didn't get the text.)

Ladies like Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Olympics cutie Gabby Douglas seriously stepped it up this year. Wildcard Katy Perry has completely sleekified her look, deciding to wear her hair long long long and very dark -- we couldn't be more on board. (She's also looking kind of Megan Fox-ish, no?) Though, the dark horse tonight is Ke$ha, whose deep-parted, platinum blonde hairstyle rendered her almost unrecognizable, in a really good way.

We'll admit that the Miley Cyrus/Pink matching blonde pompadours gave us pause, but not for long because we were so distracted by someone else. And that would be Rihanna, the big winner tonight (hair-wise). She's a total knockout in a short and sweet pixie that feels polished in a way we've never really seen her. We predict a million copycats. You heard it here first.

Check out those ladies and more in our VMA beauty slideshow, vote for your favorite looks and keep checking back for updates.

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