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During Sunday night’s 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, Nicki Minaj hit the red carpet in a neon gown by Los Angeles based designer Monique Lhuillier.

If you were thinking you’d seen the bold yellow fashion statement previously … you have. The mermaid-inspired dress was worn by Modern Family star Julie Bowen during the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards at the end of September.

Bowen’s only accessory was a metallic clutch purse. The new ‘Idol’ judge added a chunky necklace and matching cocktail ring to complete her look.

Perhaps Nicki was looking for some good karma when she stole Julie’s look. If that was her intention — it worked because she picked up awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. Two months ago Julie won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series while sporting the couture look.

Low and behold … it seems the dress was worn in January at the Golden Globe Awards by actress Paula Patton.

We would be remiss if we didn’t ask — which entertainer rocked it best?

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