The temperature dipped into the frigid-for-L.A. 50s, and reggae artist Shaggy, for one, was disappointed by the fashion implications at Jan. 8's American Music Awards. "I came here to see skin and everybody covered up," he groused. "It ain't like it's New York and it's cold."
Was he blindfolded? Plenty of revelers at the Shrine Auditorium braved goose bumps to flash some flesh. Cohost Britney Spears
sported eight skimpy getups, while R&B sparkplug Pink donned a D&G bra-overalls combo. "It's trashy and fun," she said, "which is all good." Opting for warmth, Janet Jackson
, elegant in winter-white Yves Saint Laurent, led a posse of pantsuit-wearing ladies. Male stars, including all five Backstreet Boys, stayed toasty in stylish overcoats. "It's a more sophisticated thing," explained Backstreeter—but boy no more—Howie Dorough, 27. "It's cool. We're becoming adults now."