Let's just say it up front -- the rules are different for music. At the Oscars or the Emmys, stars should look elegant. Gowns should be tasteful and flattering. Too much bling? Wrong answer. But at the 2012 American Music Awards, we want the envelope to be pushed. How far is another question. Here's a look at Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Carly Ray Jepsen, Hillary Scott and other stars that strutted their stuff. 

Liane Bonin Starr is an author, screenwriter and former writer for EW.com. Her byline has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety and a lot of other places. Her last book was called "a scandalously catty, guilty pleasure" by Jane magazine. Expect the same from Starr Raving.