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The American Music Awards brought out lots of pink and sparkles from the industry’s biggest stars – with mixed results.

Cardi B: Fail

Cardi BAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018

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This feels like a caricature of “La Dolce Vita” — on steroids. Instead of being over-the-top glamorous, she just looks ridiculous. Keep the hat for the upcoming Halloween season.

Dua Lipa: C-

Dua LipaAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018

Dua Lipa  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

It’s bridal meets napkin lady — neither of which are looks to strive for on the red carpet. The cropped bob and statement choker help to give it more of an edge.

Evan Ross: C-
Suit-sans-shirt is a classic runway move; but on the red carpet it reads more like you got dressed in the dark. Ross should know that ever since Edward VII stopped buttoning the second button, it’s the rule to do without.

Jennifer Lopez: B+

Jennifer LopezAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018 WEARING GEORGES CHAKRA SAME OUTFIT AS CATWALK MODEL *9734905j

Jennifer Lopez  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

J.Lo has built a career on head-turning red carpet looks; this pink bubblegum dress helps her stay on brand. The deep V-neck and side cutouts already show plenty of skin; she can do without the high slit.

Khalid: D

KhalidAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018

Khalid  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

Retro leisure suits are emotionally destabilizing — and this light pink set, paired with the white turtleneck and nursing sneaker, has an especially childlike quality.

Taylor Swift: C+

Taylor SwiftAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018 WEARING BALMAIN SAME OUTFIT AS CATWALK MODEL *9721775da

Taylor Swift  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

Her attempt at cutting edge reads more Tin Man than fashion icon. Thigh-high metallic boots are a bit two years ago — and a sparkly minidress is equally tired, even if the silhouette is really flattering on her.

Tracee Ellis Ross: A-

Tracee Ellis RossAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018WEARING PYER MOSS SAME OUTFIT AS CATWALK MODEL *9877081e

Tracee Ellis Ross  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

The slouchy silk pink tuxedo with contrast black lapel hits the perfect balance between delicate and strength. The pulled-back hair and dramatic jewelry further the message. Ross is becoming a fashion star in her own right.

Tyra Banks: D+

Tyra BanksAmerican Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 09 Oct 2018 WEARING GUCCI SAME OUTFIT AS CATWALK MODEL *9428081j

Tyra Banks  Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock

This half showgirls, half train conductor effort is leaving us confused. We’re not sure what she’s auditioning for, but after walking so many catwalks in her life, she could do better.

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