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The Most Buzzworthy Looks from the MTV Video Music Awards

Kelly Cison | August 29, 2011 | 12:24 PM
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Adele went big and bold with her bouffant and her eyeliner. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Beyoncé was glowing as she showed off her baby bump on the red carpet. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Britney Spears’ look was more subdued with straight locks and neutral makeup. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Demi Lovato showed off ombre hair color and a late-summer tan. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Lady Gaga got into her male alter ego, complete with greased back hair and sideburns. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Katy Perry got colorful with her makeup, magenta curls and hair accessories. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Nicki Minaj made a statement with her “futuristic” hair, makeup and ensemble. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Selena Gomez was sophisticated with a black lace dress and elegant chignon. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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The looks at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards were truly headline-worthy. In particular, we noticed Beyoncé’s gorgeous glow as she revealed her pregnancy, witnessed Lady Gaga in drag try to smooch a more subdued Britney Spears, and observed Nicki Minaj walk the red carpet with a cartoon-crazy Dayglo updo.

With viewers and the media still buzzing about the show, we got the rundown from Kelly Franiak, stylist/colorist for the past seven years at Salonblonde in Chicago, about her take on the event (and be sure to check out our slideshow below). Franiak’s pick for best look of the night? Beyoncé (who also took home the moonman for Best Choreography). Not only did Beyoncé look chic with a low side pony and bold colored dress for her red carpet look, she really rocked it on stage during her performance with her flawless skin and full, cascading curls. “She’s so classy and sexy,” says Franiak. “I loved her look on stage, her hair was so thick and glamorous.”

Three-time VMA winner Adele, who strolled the red carpet wearing a big ’60s-style bouffant and dramatic eyeliner, also won plenty of beauty accolades. “Adele looked so pretty and flawless,” says Franiak. “Her look was such a classic.”

As for the outrageous hair color worn by the likes of Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, Franiak was split. Katy’s purple-pink color was cute, but Nicki just had too much going on, says Franiak. “But it was very her, very out there. It’s definitely a futuristic look.” (Perry won three VMAs, and Minaj took home one for Best Hip-Hop Video.)

One controversial look that Franiak wasn’t feeling: Lady Gaga in drag. She also adds that Britney Spears' long blonde locks were “kind of boring.” However, both performers were still winners with the MTV audience, with Gaga taking home two awards and Spears bringing home one.

Did you watch the VMAs? Who had the best look of the night? Did you love the fun, outrageous looks or were they are turnoff? Tell us below!

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