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Start Slideshow LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2011 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on November 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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See All the Red-Carpet Looks at the 39th Annual American Music Awards

Nicki Minaj opened the American Music Awards in a pair of boombox shorts last night, setting the scene for what would be an over-the-top, performance-loaded show. (Check out the absurd LMFAO finale here.) Minaj, Taylor Swift, and an absent Adele were the big winners of the night, but a host of wackily dressed stars were on hand to witness their victories. For full red-carpet coverage, including a pink-wigged Minaj; Jennifer Lopez in a form-fitting, sheer lace gown (before she stripped down to a rhinestone-encrusted body suit, oddly reminiscent of Britney Spears's 2000 VMA performance); and more, click through our slideshow.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images