Maxine Waters, Ashton Sanders and 17 other celebs who set fire to the #MTVAward red carpet

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As of late, risk aversion has become the red carpet norm. 

We saw it at the 2017 Academy Awards, where the dresses, while stunning, were exceedingly safe, save for Janelle Monae. We saw it again during the Met Gala, where stars like Kim Kardashian West and Selena Gomez kept it simple at an event known for its sartorial bombasity.

But at Sunday night's MTV Movie & TV Awards, that sentiment seemed to cloud over, with a number of notables — and a few "who?'s" — serving up some properly thought-out eye candy. There were still some bores (we're looking long and hard at you, Ms. Emma Watson) but on the whole, the red carpet was full of vibrancy, joy and plenty of metallics.

First, there was Black-ish Emmy-winner Tracee Ellis Ross, fresh off the Met Gala, in a Rosie Assoulin printed robe. Ross was joined by none other than Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

Maxine Waters and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Maxine Waters and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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The pair presented the Best Fight Against the System award to Taraji P. Henson — wearing sequined Emilio Pucci — for her role in Hidden Figures.

Taraji P. Henson and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Tracee Ellis Ross, Maxine Waters and Taraji P. Henson at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Other notables on the carpet included relative newcomer Ashton Sanders — wearing Calvin Klein, of course — who won Best Kiss with Moonlight costar Jharrel Jerome.

Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Of course, they weren't the only ones to win the night's red carpet. Keep scrolling for a roundup of some of the night's best dressed including Yara Shahidi, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Martha Stewart.

Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Zendaya

Zendaya at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Jasmine Tookes

Jasmine Tookes at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Storm Reid

Storm Reid at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Zac Efron

Zac Efron at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Lonnie Chavis

Lonnie Chavis at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart

Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Trevor Noah and Jordyn Taylor

Trevor Noah and Jordyn Taylor at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards
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Evan Ross Katz

Evan Ross Katz is Mic's style editor. He previously served as managing editor for Logo's NewNowNext. Bylines: The Advocate, Refinery29, Men's Health, Thrillist, Out, Men's Fitness, Instinct, F*cking Young, Schön, Essential Homme, The Manual, and WetPaint.

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