By Archana Ram
Updated June 28, 2010 at 06:40 PM EDT

Last night’s BET Awards brought out many things: Kanye’s highly anticipated return, Eminem’s surprise performance with B.o.B. and Chris Brown‘s emotional tribute to Michael Jackson. What it did not bring out, though, was dazzling fashion. You name the crazy, and it was there. No pants: Jada Pinkett-Smith; bandeau tops: Cassie; and next to nothing: former Sweet Valley twin Brittany Daniel, continuing this year’s trend in out-there red carpet statements.

Music award shows are famous (or notorious?) for their edgy red carpets. By no means do I expect flouncy dresses or girly ball gowns, but when did dressing in the most jaw-dropping outfits possible become the norm? Is the m.o. now to shock and, at times, horrify?

If celebrities want a real lesson in daring to be different, my advice is to follow Cate Blanchett’s lead. She practically wrote the book on toeing the line between edgy and tasteful.

What did you guys think of the fashion from the BET Awards?

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