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Beyoncé Does 'Cowboy Carter' the Vintage Versace Way at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Photo: Michael Buckner/Billboard via Getty Images

Beyoncé made her first awards show appearance since the release of her new genre-bending album “Cowboy Carter” on Monday night, keeping the Western aesthetic alive in an archival Gianni Versace look from the designer’s Fall 1992 collection.

The “Texas Hold ‘Em” singer graced the iHeartRadio Music Awards stage to accept the Innovator Award, presented to her by Stevie Wonder, wearing a leather jacket layered over a leather button-up gilet, fit with plenty of Versace Medusa emblems throughout. Leather fringe flowed from her long sleeves alongside her long platinum blonde waves as she made her way to the podium.

“Being an innovator often means being criticized, which will often test your mental strength…” Beyoncé said onstage. “My hope is that we are more open to the joy and liberation that comes from enjoying art with no preconceived notions.”

Photo: Michael Buckner/Billboard via Getty Images

Embroidered crystal studs at the sides went up and down the star’s leather pants, giving the look a perfectly appropriate “Rhinestone Cowboy” effect.

Beyoncé accessorized with even more Versace, adding two studded and grommet-heavy belts layered on top of each other at her waist and Medusa-adorned pointed boots. She wore oversized diamond statement earrings, black Versace sunglasses (which are now on sale) and, of course, a cowboy hat, also covered in Versace Medusa medallions.

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