The American Music Awards sorta took us by surprise, wedged in between the two major awards show seasons (Emmys and VMAs in the early fall and Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars in the winter). But the 2012 AMAs still managed to bring out a slew of music's biggest stars including Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj and Gwen Stefani.
Given the timing, we thought we might be able to use the AMAs red carpet as a predictor of the awards show fashion to come. No such luck. Besides a few consistent thigh-high slits, the clothes were all over the place: Taylor Swift did her nude sparkly thing in Zuhair Murad and Gwen looked typically tough as nails in Balmain, but stars like Ke$ha, Nicki and Pink pulled total switcheroos in understated, muted dresses that we could've never seen coming.
Then there was Kerry Washington and Ginnifer Goodwin, both of whom looked awesome... and completely out of place at an awards show for music.
Hey, a red carpet is a red carpet. Any excuse to wear a designer dress, right?
See all the fashion from the 2012 American Music Awards below -- and click for our picks for best-dressed of the night!