American Music Awards 2012: Red Carpet Fashion Trends (GALLERY & VIDEO)

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The biggest shock at this year's American Music Awards wasn't the on-stage performances or the winners, it was the fashion.

While music awards shows have garnered a reputation for their shocking (and typically, not in a good way) fashion, this year's red carpet was full of style surprises (the good kind).  The fashion hits abounded and the misses were few and far between -- check them out here.

But the real shock was the night's biggest trend: Glamour with a capital "G." Even music's most notorious fashion shockers (ahem, Nicki Minaj and Pink) went glam, mixing up their usual red carpet costumes for elegant, eye-catching gowns.

Going along with the night's underlying sartorial theme, stars sparkled in perhaps the most glamorous shade of all -- gold. Among them: the gilded mini dresses worn by Heidi Klum and Hayden Panettiere, the floaty (short!) frock donned by Taylor Swift and the sleek column gown worn by Elisha Cuthbert.

Though gold was the night's dominant metallic, other stars like Stacy Keibler, Carrie Underwood, Carly Rae Jepsen and Gwen Stefani rocked glimmery gowns in a range of hues from plum to pink to gunmetal.

Pale pink and purple were popular colors, with Ginnifer Goodwin and Jepsen looking pretty in pink sparkly dresses, and Underwood and Christina Aguilera picked purple dresses.

Though plenty of stars went for the classic red carpet-skimming hemline, above-the-knee was the length of choice, with even Swift showing her stems.

To see all the night's big red carpet trends, click through our red carpet trends round-up.

Which trends did you like best? Share in the comments below.

 Check out more highlights from the AMA's in the video below.

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