The tents were missing some stars last night-they were all at the MTV VMA’s showing out. While most everyone played it safe, a few expected chicks went all out (cue Lady gaga). Alicia Keys stepped her game way up in a sequined number, and wowed the crowd with her explosive performance at the end of the show. Jennifer Lopez, who presented the Best Hip Hop Video award was a mess in a velvet sleeved dress-thingy that defied all sense of taste. My, my Ms. Lopez, how far you’ve fallen.

Alicia Keys: Best Dressed

Jennifer Lopez: Worst Dressed

Adrienne Bailon in a questionable yellow printed tunic and black booties
This blue batwing dress on Amerie is a flattering silhouette for anyone.
I didn’t care for the poof on Beyonce’s dress. It makes her appear as if she has a belly bulge when she turns in certain directions. It may have worked if it was poufed all the way around…
This graffiti-like cocktail dress on Cassie is fun!

Whose the star here? Amber shows Kanye up in a leopard one piece. The jury is out on this outfit. Though Amber has a great body, this unitard makes her look hefty and a little off. I would work better as a minidress.

This simple jumper on Keri Hilson is made haute with the graphic detailing on the shoulders.
The show was on all night for Lady Gaga. She changed 4 times during the show.

This leather detailed dress on Shakira is simple, sexy, and glamorous all at once. She kept the look from becoming too vampy by keep her accessories sleek and simple.

Solange was interesting in a sculptural take on the little black dress. Again, the simplification of the accessories make the dress stand out even more.