Cardi B was the wardrobe change queen at the American Music Awards

Megan C. Hills, CNN

When it comes to the awards ceremony, it’s not uncommon to see hosts swapping outfits throughout the night. For many emcees, it’s also a chance to have fun with fashion – like when Doja Cat wore her memorable “worm” costume to the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, or this time Ellen DeGeneres stepped out in the Björk’s iconic swan dress while hosting the 2001 Emmy.

At American Music Prize Last night, it was Cardi B’s turn to give her a fashion fit for a host – and she didn’t skimp on the dramatic style or wardrobe changes.

The rapper set the tone on the red carpet wearing a dramatic mesh veil and black dress from Schiaparelli, a fashion house known for its surreal approach to fashion. Her accessories – a gold mask, bold earrings, gloves, and long nails – completed the look.

There was more to come. Her elaborate headdresses, including an imposing feathered piece that pulled her up to the floor and a fan-shaped crest, were paired with a black dress and black and white corseted outfit respectively. At one point, the artist posed on a luggage cart wearing a black blazer with angular silver shoulders and sparkly boots, which caught the light as she moved.

Velvet and sparkle appeared in several outfits, including a royal purple bodycon dress with massive feathered shoulders and a chandelier-style chest piece made of dangling crystals. Even a more casual look, a denim jacket from Schiaparelli, was embellished with gold accents and jewels, and worn with oversized earrings featuring the brand’s signature eye motif.

While playing the host, Cardi B was also nominated in several categories, ultimately earning a victory for Favorite hip-hop song with the song “Up”. She wore her brightest outfit, a lime green pattern with a puffy cape, to accept the prize.

To top it off, she posed with her prize at the end of the night wearing an all-white creation. She smiled for the cameras under a sculptural hood, accented with crystal trim and firework-shaped accents. Underneath, she wore an evening dress with a thigh slit and a pair of satin platform heels.

The host wasn’t the only star to make a splash at the awards show. “Deja Vu” singer Olivia Rodrigo, who was the night’s most nominated artist, picked up a win for New Artist of the Year wearing a periwinkle sequined David Koma dress while the star of “Pose Billy Porter wore a blue Botter umbrella headdress. See our best dressed gallery for more looks of the night.

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