The Best Celebrity Nail Art of 2011

It's official. The universe is completely obsessed with manicures and nail art. If you don't believe us, look here. And celebrities are always a source of inspiration--sometimes for what NOT to do, but usually making us pea green with envy because of their cleverly covered digits. While many famous ladies sported a sophisticated neutral palette this past year, there is an elite pack who said, "Screw that. We like glitter." Katy Perry even famously changed her manicure mid-VMAs this year. Click through to see all the celebs this year who used their nails for artistic expression, to make a personal statement, and sometimes to just generally intimidate us.
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It's official. The universe is completely obsessed with manicures and nail art. If you don't believe us, look here. And celebrities are always a source of inspiration--sometimes for what NOT to do, but usually making us pea green with envy because of their cleverly covered digits. While many famous ladies sported a sophisticated neutral palette this past year, there is an elite pack who said, "Screw that. We like glitter." Katy Perry even famously changed her manicure mid-VMAs this year. Click through to see all the celebs this year who used their nails for artistic expression, to make a personal statement, and sometimes to just generally intimidate us.
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Photo: Getty

It's official. The universe is completely obsessed with

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Katy Perry: Katy did it all--she put her husband's likeness on her nails, as well as Prince William's. She also doesn't shy away from glitter, gems, and food. Katy, we salute your vision and sense of humor.

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Rihanna:

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Lady Gaga: The more stuff she can pile on to her nailbeds, the better she likes it. (And we indulged in a press-on set at

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Snooki:

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Nicki Minaj: Nicki caused a commotion when OPI announced that she was

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Alexa Chung: Never tacky and always quirky, is our Alexa.

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Beyoncé: Beyoncé is another one that doesn't shy away from some length, a bold color, or a holograph.

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Keri Hilson: Keri likes a smattering of sparkle on her tips. So do we.