Nicki Minaj is no wallflower on the red carpet, so we weren’t surprised when the American Idol judge stepped out for the 2012 American Music Awards in a head-turning neon gown by Monique Lhuillier.

In true Nicki fashion, the songstress paired her frock with wild curly locks and architectural gems for a red carpet-stealing look.

Ms. Minaj wasn’t the first star to put her individual spin on the dress. Back in September, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen wore the same chartreuse gown for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Letting the vivacious color do the talking, Julie kept it simple and sophisticated with bold Bochic earrings and a glittering Swarovski clutch.

But not even Julie was the first to step out in the Lhuillier frock. For the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2012, Paula Patton stunned in the daring gown, keeping the rest of her look equally classic and clean.

Whose take on the neon Lhuillier gown do you like best?