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See All the Red-Carpet Looks From the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Presumably invites to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards stated explicitly that no “plus ones” would be allowed, because no one really brought the crazy with them to the red carpet. Not even Ke$ha! (The fashion jury’s still out on Nicki Minaj, as usual.) Instead, most attendees kept to a disconcertingly sedate black, white, and pastel color palette granted, there were lace and crystals in abundance, as well as the odd patch of neon from the requisite oddly named rapper contingent. It’s almost as if everyone knew they’d fall flat next to Rihanna’s newly-cropped hair. Go figure. Click through our slideshow to see all the red-carpet looks we’ll be updating it all night — and see if you can spot the weapons members of warring British boybands One Direction and The Wanted must have stashed somewhere on their person, because don’t they have fights a’brewing?

All the Red-Carpet Looks From the 2012 MTV VMAs