Retro, audacious and epic describe the best looks seen on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards red carpet

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Doja Cat, winner of the Top R&B Female Artist Award, poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)
Doja Cat, winner of the Top R&B Female Artist Award, poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for dcp)
  • The 2021 Billboard Music Awards took place this Sunday, 23 May, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
  • Channel24 reports that The Weeknd took home an impressive 10 awards, P!nk became the youngest artist to receive the Icon Award, and Doja Cat won the Top Female R&B Artist award.
  • The red carpet arrivals were also packed with noteworthy moments, as A-listers stepped out in Valentino, Prada, Dior, and more.

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards took place this Sunday, 23 May, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The evening's host was Nick Jonas, who showed up in Fendi on the red carpet.

And as we all know, music awards ceremonies often present us with more vibrant, audacious, riskier red carpet moments than their film awards counterpart. 

While suits, avant-garde ensembles, and edgier styling dominate, there is a respectful number of celebrities who still go the 'belle of the ball' route.

Maybe this is what makes music awards red carpets rather intriguing and full of surprises. 

It was music awards ceremonies, after all, that gave us Lil Kim's 1999 iconic breast-baring purple pasty and Lady Gaga's 2010 meat dress (both at the VMAs). 

READ MORE: Bed hair, glossy lips, winged liner were the top beauty trends seen on MTV Movie Awards red carpet 

However, there were no particularly iconic red carpets looks at this year's BBMAs. That doesn't mean we weren't impressed by what we saw, though. 

Here are 10 stars who served some delightful designer duds on this red carpet:

Decked out to rock out

The performers...

Doja Cat 

Taking home the Top Female R&B Artist award last night, Doja Cat arrived in a black-and-white Balmain getup by Olivier Rousteing. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

All images by Rich Fury/ Getty Images for dcp


Doja sported another black-and-white look from Balmain with Margiela's famous Tabi shoes, to perform alongside SZA.  
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H.E.R 

The R&B artist was nominated for her hit track with Jhené Aiko, 'B.S.' and performed 'We Going Crazy' with DJ Khaled. And she did it all in Dior. 

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Suits 

The memo for suits at the BBMAs clearly read; "bedazzle it".

Tina Knowles-Lawson  

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

Padma Lakshmi 

In Christian Siriano. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

Belles of the ball

Gabrielle Union  

Gabrielle Union's Prada gown is only made even more perfect by her retro updo.  

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

Cade Foehner  

A voluminous cascading gown that is styled well with heels that show an understanding of the 'less is more' golden rule.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

READ MORE: The best looks at the 2021 Grammys took us back in time to these 10 iconic red carpet looks

Cut-outs for pin-ups 

Well, we guess the 2021 'Hot Girl' uniform is a cut-out LBD. 

SZA  

Megan Fox 

In a Mugler gown and Jimmy Choo heels. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

Off the shawl-ders 

Is it a bolero? Is it a cape?

The shawl remains a thing of the past (for now), but its sleeved iterations continue to take centerstage in completing red carpet two-pieces and co-ords. And the bigger the sleeves, the better. 

Alicia Keys 

In pink Valentino.  

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

Kehlani 

In a red Tony Ward two-piece.  

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Tina Knowles-Law

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