The most influential musicians in hip-hop and R&B gathered together on Sunday night (July 1) in Los Angeles at The Shine Auditorium for the 2012 BET Awards showing off their individual swag. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce scored big in both fashion and music categories, while other like Mariah Carey left us speechless. Check out our picks for the best and worst dressed stars from last night's show.
Too cool for the red carpet, Beyonce ...
Too cool for the red carpet, Beyonce arrived to the show with husband Jay-Z and friend Kanye West in a lush yellow silk Stephane Rolland gown. The sexy and sophisticated number took form in a one-sleeve, high-slit yellow gown accessorized with a dazzling mirrored belt.
Young and stylish siblings Willow and...
Young and stylish siblings Willow and Jaden Smith were perhaps the best dressed of the evening. Jaden rocked a black and white hoodie with zebra striped harem pants and stingray skin shoes, while Willow paired an oversize black and gold dress with a pair of leggings and fierce Chanel combat boots.
Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys' main squeez...
Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys' main squeeze, looked couture chic in eye-catching, bird-of-paradise, white-printed Givenchy pants and matching white top with zipper shoulder detailing.
Monica, who performed "I Love the Lor...
Monica, who performed "I Love the Lord" in honor of Whitney Houston, arrived to the red carpet in a glittering purple tailored suit with sequined trousers.
In keeping with the dressed-down tren...
In keeping with the dressed-down trend of the evening, Harlem rapper A$AP Rockytook to the red carpet in an unfussy, all-black T-shirt and jeans ensemble that he accessorized with a gold chain, Hermes belt and backwards baseball cap for the ultimate in casual swag.
Winner of the Best Female Hip-Hop Art...
Winner of the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist for the third year in a row, Nicki Minaj had three costume changes throughout the course of the evening. Out of the three flamboyant looks, our favorite, is the temptress black lace look she rocked for her first performance. The dark fantasy ensemble took form in black lace unitard paired with tights, gold-capped toe heels, and the singer's signature faded pink hair.
Jazzy vocal diva Elle Varner made a b...
Jazzy vocal diva Elle Varner made a bold entrance on the red carpet in a dress plastered with gaudy paisley print. Although we do give her credit for blending "new-old school" R&B with a modern flare, the gown was color-drenched and a bit distracting from the singer's natural beauty.
Usher decided to play it cool in this...
Usher decided to play it cool in this all-black casual look. Perhaps a bit too relaxed for an awards show, the singer struck a pose in black jeans and a matching T-shirt. He does spice up his look a bit with the addition of some hot red kicks!
The masters of coolness arrived to th...
The masters of coolness arrived to the show in outfits that matched their nonchalant vibes. Jay-Zlooked dapper in a grey suit and white shirt while Kanye West/b> did relaxed chic in an all-white ensemble, accessorized with some Air Yeezy shoes.
Mariah Carey might have left her dres...
Mariah Carey might have left her dress in the dryer a bit too long before arriving to the BET red carpet. The singer showed up in a sparkling gold gown that might have been a little too busty for her frame. The dress was gorgeous, but perhaps it should be let out a little bit before she wears it again.