I have to admit that while watching the awards, I shamelessly flipped between the Real Housewives of OC to see the unveiling of Alexis Couture (howl!) and Celebrity Apprentice. Honestly, I really didn’t care to listen to any live performances; I was really interested in what everyone was (or in this case) wasn’t wearing. The theme of the evening? The red carpet produced some solid sartorial gems, and the stage performance threw the pants out of the window.

For best dressed, it was a tossup between Michelle Williams (left) perfectly accessorized look and Rihanna’s flawless white pantsuit.

Here’s the rundown:

Michelle William’s excellent accessory choices

Kelly Rowland was simply sexy in a bold-colored bandage dress and strappy heels. Flawless skin is a woman’s best accessory.

Now THIS. I would rock this any day. PER-FEC-TION.

What to wear vs. What NOT to wear.

I expected better from Nicki, honestly

Former MTV VJ Julie Brown made an appearance

I need Mary’s earrings in my life!

The pants-less crew ft. Britney and Rihanna

Keri Hilson was a Sunny Delight in yellow chiffon mini with turquoise belt accent

And of course, nobody does no pants quite like Beyonce.