It Was All About Glitter, Sparkle and Shine for Dresses at 2012 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 mega star wattage wasn’t enough to make them stand out and get attention, 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.

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 Abed Mahfouz

Heidi Klum in Alexandre Vauthier

Nicki Minaj in Monique Lhuillier

Pink in Catherine Deane

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 Naeem Khan

Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad

Ginnifer Goodwin in Oscar de la Renta

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

Eliza Cuthbert in Georges Chakra

Carly Rae Jepsen in Gomez-Gracia

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