By Natasha

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Tonight, celebs took over the Billboard Music Awards red carpet in Las Vegas. And they definitely rolled the dice on a few risky looks. Decide if the bets paid off inside….

“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson marched into the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas and took that ish over in this fresh off the runway Alexandre Vauthier cutout gown.

Topped off with perfect hair and makeup, she took “Cookie” up a notch and let her tatts shine through this priceless runway look. And she made it work.

Yes Taraji!

More of the “Empire” family was there as well:

#Empire star #SerayahMcNeill lit up the #BBMAs red carpet in a turquoise #WalterMendez gown. #YBFRedCarpet

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Serayah McNeill worked it out in a sexy Walter Mendez gown with jewelry and a clutch all by Margiela for Atelier Swarovski.

Jussie Smollett & Yazz (Bryshere Gray) lit up the carpet with Estelle before the trio performed a medley of hits from the “Empire” soundtrack.

Estelle went chic in a custom black and sheer Galia Lahav gown. Definitely a risk…but it seems to have paid off. Loving this bone straight highlighted hair on her as well.

The Legends (well, The Stephenses) are having a hell of a night. John Legend performed with Meghan Trainor and copped at least one award so far, while his wife Chrissy Teigen showed up in a hot Balmain striped jumpsuit to co-host the Awards alongside Ludacris.

Speaking of risky moves…

Zendaya loves to play with fashion…and these BBMAs are no different. In a multi-print zebra and graphic print bralette, pant and matching blazer….all topped off with coral embellishments and sky blue pumps, Zendaya gave us a feast for the eyes. But whether the feast tasted bad or good…we’re still trying to decide. Thoughts?

Jennifer Lopez knows what works…and she sticks to it.

The Home star showed up in a sheer and sparkling Charbel Zoe Couture gown with that sultry hair and makeup that we love. While it’s not her usual Zuhair Murad moment….she’s flossing that flawless body the same way.

Mariah Carey took a break from her Vegas residency to scoot over to the Billboard Awards to reclaim her Queen of the Billboard title. She hadn’t touched the BBMAs stage in 17 years before tonight…but she still holds the title with the most Billboard hits.

She gave a taste of her concert she’s been performing during her residency, and we were feeling it.

Iggy Azalea won the Best Rap Song Award tonight for “Fancy,” but first, she hit the carpet with her boyfriend, Lakers baller Nick Young.

While chatting with E! on the carpet, she revealed she’s currently going through a total image overhaul. We guess that’s why she told Guiliana Rancic she couldn’t pronounce the name of the designer she’s wearing and didn’t even try. Oh, and does that explain why she allegedly had a little work done to her face? ALLEGEDLY. Catch that tea HERE.

Tracee Ellis Ross pulled a full leather one piece out of her closet for Vegas….and it worked. No matter how hot (both temp wise and looks wise) she appeared.

The fellas made their presence known as well:

Chris Brown showed up tardy to the party with baby girl Royalty in tow. It seems he wants you all to know he’s a changed man now that he’s a dad…

Wiz Khalifa showed up looking like he actually bathed and put some thought into his tailored look before he took the stage to perform a couple times.

“Power” star and Executive Producer 50 Cent hit the carpet in an ombré suit jacket by Neil Barrett and Giorgio Armani shoes.

Host Ludacris kept it sharp in a tux.

Balmain Creative Director Olivier Rusteng showed up with his two fave girls–models Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner. They’re both wearing the brand, of course. But they also announced that a Balmain x H&M collaboration is coming soon. Get those credit cards ready!

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