Last night’s Billboard Music Awards show included some watercooler-worthy moments, like Jordin Sparks‘ tribute to Whitney Houston, and a teary-eyed acceptance of Whitney’s Millenium award by her daughter Bobbi Kristina. And there were more sweet/funny/crazy moments, which you can read about here. But let’s talk about the fashion. Black and white seemed to be the theme du jour, with many stars donning black or white dresses or pantsuits. They looked nice, but black and white are such safe colors at an event like this.
Amber Rose and Nelly Furtado both donned short white dresses. Amber accessorized with hoop earrings, neon yellow nails and nude pumps. Nelly’s lace dress was accessorized by a complementary lacy bib necklace and a peekaboo black bra.
Miley Cyrus also wore a short white dress that resembled a suit jacket, paired with black and white heeled sandals, and former MTV veejay ‘Downtown’ Julie Brown went for a white pantsuit with a silver crystal tie and a black fedora.
Even couples got in on the black and white action. Swizz Beatz paired his off-white suit with a black fedora and rounded sunglasses, while his wife Alicia Keys wore a curve-hugging long black dress with her hair in a twisted updo. Singer Monica wore a maxi-length white gown with a deep keyhole front and side split, and she paired it with Christian Louboutin Daffodile leopard print calf hair pumps. We would have chosen a more delicate shoe with this dress but Monica still pulled it off. Her husband, Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown wore a black suit with a white tee underneath, plus black sunglasses and sneakers.
Two of our favorite looks for the night were that of Brandy and Carrie Underwood. Brandy looked gorgeous a short mauve, ‘fringed’ style Hervé Léger by Max Azria dress with Christian Louboutin peep toe pumps and her hair in a curly fro. Country singer Carrie Underwood stunned in a Cinderella-style pink and grey tulle Oscar de la Renta gown, paired with silver peep-toe pumps and a pearl, crystal and sapphire covered Cara vanity case.
And let’s not forget about the guys! Justin Bieber rocked his usual look of a denim jacket, T-shirt and jeans, while Usher looked dapper in a eye-popping blue suit, and Robin Thicke looked suave in his black and silver suit jacket with a tee and jeans.
Check out more awards looks in the slideshow below:
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