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Nicki Minaj fashion at American Music Awards: Playing it safe

Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th Anniversary American

Nicki Minaj arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Nov. 18, 2012) (Credit: AP)

It was like the bizzarro world of fashion at the American Music Awards on Sunday night.   Wild things like Nicki Minaj – we mean, c’mon, she attended the Grammys in papal robes this year – turned out in a perfectly lovely mainstream couture confection by Monique Llhuillier. We’ve seen this neon yellow number before: on “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen at the Emmys.

Minaj wasn’t the only one who surprised with, well, tameness. Christina Aguilera, who has gone so far as to sport a gramophone hat on “The Voice,” looked lovely but reserved in her lavender ombre-dyed Pamella Roland wrap gown. Even raucous Pink donned a kind of ladylike gown – laser-cut metallic leather with a brown chiffon skirt.

What was up with all the toned down?

On the flip side, there was Taylor Swift, who looked glam and jazzy in a verrrrry short brocade mini by Zuhair Murad, and Kerry Washington, who stepped out of her comfort zone (and bucked the body-clinging trend) in a loose, lacy, vintage-style Stella McCartney frock in sunny yellow.

Cyndi Lauper was one of the few who sported, natch, her true colors. A tartan shawl (huh?) atop a leather jacket was worn over shredded leggings. And the hair? A pale pink bob. 

Thank you, Cyndi, for keeping it unreal.