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From Elegant to Supa Dupa Fly: 19 Looks From the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors

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We love to love red carpet fashion -- especially when it's our favorite celebs from yesteryear gracing us with their iconic presence. That's right, music gurus (from the '90s on up), models, and celebs of many other calibers (A-list or not) gathered together to slay the red carpet -- bringing the VH1 Hip Hop Honors back with a vengeance.

It's safe to say that the fashion of the night was anything but basic -- even the most somber outfits (tons of LBD action) made quite a splash. And with this year's show honoring the ladies of hip-hop -- hence the theme All Hail the Queens -- we'd expect nothing less.

But, of course, you must see for yourself -- and that's why we've got all 19 of the must-see looks lined up.

 

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1Lil' Kim

The rapper reminded us just why she was being honored at the event -- bringing the same sexy she brought to hip-hop to the red carpet. She wore a fitted velvet mini, adorned by strands of pearls, and a pair of fishnets, seductively hidden under her knee-high boots. Her best accessory, though? Her adorbs 2-year-old daughter, Royal Reign. 

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2Monica

Wearing a sexy Rebecca Vallance pantsuit and a sheer top, the singer gave us a few '90s feels with her thick, black choker. 

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3Amber Rose

The sexy model (er, muva?) and entrepreneur graced the red carpet in, by far, one of her most modest looks to date. She wore an all-black body-con ensemble -- showing off her phenomenal curves. 

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5Missy Elliot

Far from a noob when it comes to the iconic world of bold fashion statements, Missy wowed us with this chic rocker/swordsman look -- a look that only she could pull off. She made it clear that she was every bit deserving of the tribute in honor of her music legacy.

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6Keke Palmer

A golden example of elegance, Palmer perfectly paired her gold choker with this floor length gown -- and the mixture of gold and copper patches made her a modern-day Cleopatra. 

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7Queen Latifah

One of the many queens honored for her hip-hop legacy, she kept it simple with this all-black Michael Costello gown that gracefully slung from her curves. A mid-thigh slit and the perfect pair of pumps added a bit of sexy to her gorgeous look.

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8Keyshia Cole

Cole channeled her inner goddess warrior with this number, and we can't help but love it. 

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9Salt-n-Peppa with Spinderella

The '90s hip-hop trio coordinated in all black, each adding personal style to her dress. The ladies' looks gave us a variety of lengths -- from mini to floor sweeping. 

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11Kelly Rowland

The former Destiny's Child member stayed true to the little black dress with this hot Elie Youssef getup  -- all the while maintaining major class, which can be difficult (but not impossible) to do when you opt for sheer fabric. 

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12Elisa Johnson and Samaria Leah Smith

Magic Johnson's daughter (left) and LL Cool J's daughter (right) combined gave us so much life as they slayed the red carpet in these fashion-forward looks. 

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14Cardi B.

Reality star and musician Cardi B. rocked this masterpiece of colorful graffiti by These Pink Lips and a matching jean jacket draped over her shoulders.

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15Chanel Iman

Model Chanel Iman kept it quite simple with her black-and-white outfit -- still managing to bring the sexy with her boob-baring crop top. 

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16Dej Loaf

Detroit rapper Dej Loaf turned heads with her Black Panther–inspired accessories, but it was her jacket especially that literally made a statement with the words "stop killing us" sewed onto the back. 

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17SWV

The '90s R&B trio made jaws drop in an elegant ensemble, as they each complemented one another's looks. 

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18Winnie Harlow

The model sported her Fausto Puglisi mini, giving us uber Clueless vibes with the soft pink and the bold pattern top. 

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