Glittering, Sparkling and Shining Dresses at 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs)

Celebrities swarmed the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards 2012 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California yesterday.

As if their megastar wattage wasn’t enough to make them stand out and get attention, the majority of the ladies donned glittery, sparkly and shiny dresses for the high profile event.

It was a parade of blinding yet beautiful ensembles at the 2012 AMAs. These still pictures are already dazzling; with all the cameras there, it must’ve been even more so right on the red carpet.

Light-catching dresses are one of the pillars here on Your Next Dress so we’re happy to bring you all of these glittery, sparkly and shiny dresses worn at the 2012 American Music Awards. Also, make sure to check out some of the best shoes!

Who was YOUR best dressed? We’re torn between Carrie Underwood and Carly Rae Jepsen!

Metallic Sheen

Flat tonal sequins on Carrie Underwood’s dress and metallic embroidery thread on Heidi Klum‘s mini dress showcased some shimmery sheen on the red carpet.

Pink looked marvelous in bronze metallic leather while Nicki Minaj was glowing — literally! — in her bright neon yellow gown. (Side note: We saw Nicki Minaj’s dress on Julie Bowen at the 2012 Emmy Awards before!)

Carrie Underwood in a purple sequin cap-sleeve Abed Mahfouz gown at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012Carrie Underwood in a purple sequin cap-sleeve Abed Mahfouz gown at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Heidi Klum in a gold lace mini dress from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2012 Couture collectionHeidi Klum in a gold lace mini dress from Alexandre Vauthier’s Fall 2012 Couture collection at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Nicki Minaj in a lime-green draped trumpet dress from Monique Lhuillier at the 2012 American Music AwardsNicki Minaj in a lime-green draped trumpet dress from Monique Lhuillier at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Pink in a bronze Catherine Deane gown at the 2012 American Music AwardsPink in a bronze Catherine Deane gown at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Subtle Sparkle

Kelly Rowland, Taylor Swift, and Ginnifer Goodwin opted for a more subtle sparkle. It was a smattering of gemstones for Kelly, square sequins interlaced with lace for Taylor, and an intricate web detailed with sequins for Ginnifer:

Kelly Rowland in a Naeem Khan Fall 2012 dress and taupe strappy Gucci sandalsKelly Rowland in a Naeem Khan Fall 2012 dress and taupe strappy Gucci sandals at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Taylor Swift in a nude-toned metallic mini dress from Zuhair Murad at the 2012 American Music AwardsTaylor Swift in a nude-toned metallic mini dress from Zuhair Murad at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Ginnifer Goodwin in an Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013 cocktail dress at the 2012 American Music AwardsGinnifer Goodwin in an Oscar de la Renta Resort 2013 cocktail dress at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

High Shine

Hayden Panettiere smoldered in a flirty sparkly mini dress, Elisha Cuthbert didn’t shy away from a glamorous golden gown, and Carly Rae Jepsen stood out in a sweet and pretty heavily beaded pink mermaid gown. It was either go big or go home for these celebrities!

Hayden Panettiere flaunts her sexy legs in an Armani dress and handbag with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewels by Jacqueline Nerguizian at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012Hayden Panettiere flaunts her sexy legs in an Armani dress and handbag with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewels by Jacqueline Nerguizian at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Carly, who performed her new single “This Kiss” during the show, completed her outfit with an Edie Parker clutch, Brian Atwood shoes, and Effy jewelry.

Eliza Cuthbert in an Editions by Georges Chakra Spring 2011 gown at the 2012 American Music AwardsEliza Cuthbert in an Editions by Georges Chakra Spring 2011 gown at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen in a Gomez-Gracia dress at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012Carly Rae Jepsen in a Gomez-Gracia dress at the 2012 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on November 18, 2012

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