Nicki Minaj and Julie Bowen Rock Same Dress: PHOTOS

nicki and julie rock the same dress

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?

Photos:  WENN