MTV stars go with class — and black

MARCELA ISAZA
Associated Press
Modified: September 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm •  Published: September 12, 2012
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LOS ANGELES — This year's MTV Video Music Awards didn't include any outfits as crazy as Lady Gaga's 2010 meat outfit— unless you count presenter Rebel Wilson's costume, which had a naked body drawn on it. But when it came to the red carpet for Thursday night's show, stars wore chic, elegant gowns and tuxedos. There was lots of black, but this crowd knew not to make it too basic.

"This is the MTV Video Music Awards," said Ne-Yo at the Los Angeles ceremony. "You don't have to stuff it up if you don't want to here. You know what I mean?"

"This is a Versace piece," said rapper 2 Chainz. "The pants are Versace wax gold pants, Versace. Love for Versace belt. Givenchy hat, with a Givenchy pendant. It's basically, it's my vintage meets, meets, meets, my vintage swag meets VMA."

Korean rapper Psy chose a black-and-green striped tuxedo jacket, black bowtie and black-and-white two-toned shoes.

"I want to dress classy because that's why I can dance cheesy," joked Psy.

Alicia Keys sported a new look with a short bob haircut and a one-shoulder metallic gown.

"Well, this is Alexander Vauthier who I love very, very much," said Keys. "Whenever I put on something of his, I feel really effortless and easy, but still elegant and beautiful. So I love his style. My hair. I am in love with my hair. I love it short. I have always wanted to do it. I have been wanting to do it for a couple of years and just now has felt like the right time. It is a new time for me, a new day for me, so everything is new, including no hair."

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