Though both eschewed the red carpet, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar later caught our eye with their performance of "Freedom." Lamar wears Ariat boots. Photo by Getty Images.
Janelle Monaé wore a Sass & Bide power suit with Jennifer Fisher jewelry, topping off the look with a black hat and a careful coif. Photo by Getty Images.
Before he made the show with an impassioned acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award, Williams also stole the red carpet in an ivory-trimmed black suit. Photo by Getty Images.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Samuel L. Jackson went classic in Giorgio Armani. Photo by Getty Images.
The night's host, black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross, made a number of costume changes after she walked the red carpet in a sequined vintage Mugler dress that dates to 1983. Photo by Getty Images.
Chloe and Halle rolled in wearing coordinating Zaldy looks, swapping them out for frilly pink and red Gucci numbers later in the night. Photo by Getty Images.
Taraji P. Henson wore a daring Steven Khalil look to accept the award for Best Actress. Photo by Getty Images.
Gabrielle Union's one-shouldered Marc Jacobs gown is ultra-conservative on one side — long sleeve, floor length skirt — and ultra-daring on the other, with a bare shoulder and thigh-high split. Photo by Getty Images.
There was a whole lot going on with 2 Chainz's Gucci look — embroidered denim, great hair, and a popped collar to round it out. Photo by Getty Images.