American Music Awards Best Outfits
The American Music Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, November 20 this year, and we’re (im)patiently counting down the minutes to the red carpet.
We understand that the purpose of AMAs is to celebrate music and the talented artists who produce our favorite tracks (looking at you, Taylor Swift), but fashion has also become a focal point of the night. Some of the most iconic fashion moments in award show history have taken place at the AMAs, and flipping through old photographs from the charts of yesteryear is proof that these memorable ensembles still serve as style inspiration for modern looks – both inside and outside the Hollywood bubble.
This year, trend forecasters are predicting that celebrities will serve up fashion flashbacks from AMAs, especially the most notable ones from the early years. It’s no secret that the trends of the 2000s and 2010s have – for better or worse – popped up in recent years, so what better time than the present for the biggest names in the industry to dust off their corsets and tracksuits? Or, better yet, bring back the Canadian tux that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake once made headlines for?
Ahead, we’re rounding up a handful of memorable AMA fashion moments reminiscent of trends that were popular then and are becoming so now. Only time will tell if we’ll spot any outfit repeaters on the red carpet.
Christina Aguilera’s low-rise pants in 2000
Hate ’em or love ’em, low rise bottoms are, well, on the rise Again. But before whale tale pants enjoyed their modern renaissance, the style surged in popularity in the early 2000s, and celebrities like Christina Aguilera were at the forefront of the trend. For example, the singer’s “What A Girl Wants” AMA performance outfit, complete with a form-fitting red snakeskin-patterned bottom and a baby blue cropped tank top dazzled with rhinestones.
Denim on Denim of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2001
Blue denim reigned supreme in the early years — and not just in terms of bottoms. For example, who could forget Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s denim-on-denim statement at the 2001 AMAs?
The Baby one more time singer stunned in a sleeveless denim dress with a sweetheart neckline, patchwork details and a train, accessorized with a diamond choker necklace, earrings, stacked silver bracelets and a chain link belt of chain – which was also adorned with diamonds. The former NSYNC member, meanwhile, opted for jeans and a matching denim sports jacket, completing the look with a silver chain around his neck, shaded sunglasses and a denim cowboy hat.
Destiny’s Child members in matching ensembles in 2001
Matching sets have retained their place as a wardrobe staple, as many options are both comfy enough to lounge on and stylish enough to wear to work. This, however, is likely old news for former Destiny Child members Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowlands, and Michelle Williams, who wore matching sets long before the 2020s, stepping out in matching outfits at the 2001 AMAs. , pink and black was such a statement in itself that their appearance required minimal accessories.
Missy Elliot’s tracksuit in 2003
Missy Elliot wearing an Adidas tracksuit on the red carpet is iconic for many reasons, one of them being that the comfortable and cool athleisure look defied gender norms at a time when the majority of women walked on the red carpet wore dresses, gowns, or something that bared the skin. But it’s also worth noting that Elliot was, clearly, ahead of his time, as the red and yellow sweatpants and matching zip-up set made a clear statement: comfy can be cool – an ideal we all start just to fully embrace.
Beyonce’s gold satin dress in 2007
Beyonce stunned in a gold satin gown on the 2007 AMAs red carpet, and while it’s likely the fabric will appear at this year’s show as well, we have a feeling the fabric will be a little less… formal. Celebrities have started wearing underwear as outerwear, and that includes pieces like lingerie-style dresses that are often made from silky satin. It gives a “shock factor” while Queen B’s retro look gave “royal”.
Taylor Swift’s sequined mini dress in 2013
Nine years later and it’s true; Taylor Swift is still decked out in jewelry as she walks into the room. In 2013, the “Midnights” singer wore a gold sequined mini dress with a black waist belt and gold strappy heels for her shoes. The sparkle was subtle compared to the glitzy number she wore to the 2022 VMAs and we expect there to be more bling to come on the AMAs red carpet this year.