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Ariana Grande ups ante in leather at MTV awards



NEW YORK (AP) - Ariana Grande upped her sex appeal with an ooh-la-la black leather mini and matching thigh-high boots but kept the signature girly high ponytail while British pop singer Charli XCX wore a yellow tiger-print leotard Sunday to the MTV Video Music Awards.

"I feel sexy in it," said Charli, among the early red carpet walkers. "I think my spirit animal is probably a tiger."

The 21-year-old Grande worked long zippers back and front on her strapless Moschino moto look. Charli's tight animal-print leotard and leggings were designed by the same Italian brand.

Designer Jeremy Scott joined Charli in her yellow, yellow world in bright tuxedo tails - chest bared - with a big smiley face on the back.

Kesha, sometimes a red carpet shocker, went classic in a floor-length sparkler. Amber Rose, who is married to Whiz Khalifa, decided on a Vegas showgirl moment, her chest barely covered in strands of beads that exposed all as they cascaded down in loose loops to a tiny bikini bottom.

Taylor Swift arrived in a long-sleeve, blue lace shorty romper with a lettered alphabet theme to go with her new short 'do. It was designed by London-based Mary Katrantzou.

Laverne Cox was in sparkly blue, a space-age one-sleeve from Marc Bouwer, and Miley Cyrus tugged on a tiny strapless black leather midriff-baring top she wore with high-waisted matching trousers.

Jessie J stood out in a pale green vintage Halston goddess gown with a deep V halter, and Jennifer Lopez showed off her curves in silver cutouts.

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