American beauty Vanessa Hudgens was the height of elegance as she graced the red carpet of the 2012 People’s Choice Awards last night (January 11th).

The stunning 23-year-old was radiant as she paired her flowing black sequined gown with pointed-toe heels and dangling gold earrings.

Hudgens showed off her well-toned physique in the backless dress that featured a halter neck and netted piece crossing her cleavage.

The former Disney club member proved she was no stranger to the camera as she smiled and posed for photographers in smiling and sultry positions.

Although the star is currently loved-up with Aliens in the Attic actor Austin Butler, it appeared she left her blonde beau at home as she stormed the event unaccompanied.

Evidently a fan of accessorising, the Sucker Punch actress selected a matching black clutch handbag to complete her sophisticated ensemble.

Hudgens used to date her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron, who has not been linked to anyone since their split in late 2010, despite rumours he was recently cosying up to Demi Moore’s daughter, Rumer Willis.

Moore underwent a difficult breakup herself recently as revelations about Ashton Kutcher’s infidelities caused the pair to call it a day on their marriage.

Still, Vanessa looked as though she had love in her eyes at the awards ceremony, where her cheeriness exuded happiness.

Another star who caused a stir on the red carpet was former Hannah Montana performer Miley Cyrus, who sported an intriguing dress to the event.

The 19-year-old looked as dashing as ever, yet her oddly cut dress was likely to have caused a stir as it featured a rainbow-coloured edging that wrapped its way around the top of her knees.

Her cream ball gown was further complemented by her stud earrings, while a small clutch handbag rested in her palm.

Winners on the night included Emma Stone for favourite movie actress, Morgan Freeman for favourite movie icon and Maroon 5 for favourite band.

12-01-12 Hudgens graces awards carpet in gold earrings