It was a rather snooze-worthy MTV Video Music Awards, but at least some of the celebrities in attendance made up for it with some stunning red-carpet looks. Stunning in a bad way, too, in the case of the guy who showed up in a pink leotard and full-length beard. Take a look at some of the hits and misses from Thursday night’s awards show.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

In a classic J. Mendel white suit, she’s channeling Diane Keaton, a bit. Her style has evolved — remember when she used to wear a sparkly dress to every awards ceremony? It’s nice to see her try something new with this feminine take on menswear.


Rihanna (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Another winning head-to-toe white ensemble once again repudiates the Labor Day rule. Rihanna’s gown was elegant in its minimalism — she barely even wore jewelry.

Pink and Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Pink (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Stand them next to each other, and they’d look like sisters. Will this start a new mohawk-pompadour trend?

The Fab Five

U.S. gymnasts, from left, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

The gymnasts look fresh-faced and dressed for their age. Maroney’s ballerina-inspired frock and Douglas’s sequins and stripes are the standouts here.

Rebel Wilson

From left, Rebel Wilson with Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker, of musical group The Wanted (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

For wearing this bikini T-shirt — comically in need of some grooming — Rebel Wilson is a hero.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Your obligatory “Nicki Minaj is outlandish: Skintight lace policewoman outfit edition” photo.

Ezra Miller and Emma Watson

Ezra Miller and Emma Watson (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Watson’s embroidered two-piece Peter Pilotto ensemble is a winner, but Miller’s toreador Halloween costume doesn’t even fit — look at those baggy sleeves.

Alexander Antebi

Alexander Antebi (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Nicki Minaj is humbled by Alexander Antebi of the group Conquistador, who has out-weirded her this year. There are no words.

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