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MTV Video Music Awards: The best and worst (we’re talking to you Miley Cyrus)

 

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While not a household name (except during that brief Rob Kardashian period), as of Monday morning, the Albanian-born UK singer-songwriter is generating some blips on the pop-culture radar. She has the outfit she decided to don to MTV Video Music Awards at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to thank. The feathery, bejeweled Alexandre Vauthier Couture was part wedding dress, part Vegas revue costume. All of it screamed, “Attention!”

BFFs/vocal powerhouses Selena Gomez (in Atelier Versace) and Taylor Swift (Herve Leger) should give their stylists a bonus — or at least a shout-out — for classing them up beyond their years.

Other eye-pleasing surprises came from Ciara, who was sheer sparkle in Givenchy Couture. Boca Raton’s Ariana Grande eschewed major labels, explaining that her floral frock was made for her at the last minute by friend Kenley Collins. It brought some innocence that is so lacking at this annual wacky shindig.

Even Ms. Shock Value herself, Lady Gaga, toned down her crazy on the red carpet in a black satin Prabal Gurung gown with a sweetheart neckline. But the beautiful gown was followed by Gaga in a nun habit, then clamshell bra. Hard to believe this way mobile woman had hip surgery in February.

YouTube funny girl Melanie Iglesias made a royal entrance in plunging purple. Actress Paula Patton (aka Mrs Robin Thicke) literally sparkled in Lever Couture. Burn singer Ellie Goulding could have poked an eye out (in a good way) with her spiky Furne One Amato.

Katy Perry, in a tight leopard-print Emanuel Ungaro, was another VMA attendee who made smart, as opposed to ridiculous (read: skanky) sartorial choices. We are so talking to you, Miley Cyrus. Many fans were not impressed from the get-go when the pop tart made her entrance in a Dolce & Gabbana vintage midriff and leggings. A harbinger of what was to come for her twerk and teddy bear-happy performance in a fuzzy leotard and latex bikini?

An MTV.com commenter complained that Cyrus “looked ugly, disgustingly crass, desperate, vulgar, masculine, grotesque, unattractive in every way.”

But guess what? The exuberant onetime Hannah Montana star couldn’t be bothered, even though dad Billy Ray no doubt sprouted a gray hair or two).

Billboard editorial director Bill Werde said it well on Twitter: “She doesn’t care what u think & that’s her brand.”

Madeleine Marr

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