There was a somber cloud hanging over the heads of everyone present at last night’s Grammy Awards, making the red carpet before the show a noticeably more subdued event than usual. While the Academy Awards and Golden Globes prominently feature elegant and sophisticated looks, the Grammys are when artists and celebrities let loose and attempt to outdo each other in the wackiness factor. However, the biggest names in the music industry clearly had the passing of Whitney Houston on their minds, reflecting in their overall less extravagant ensembles, many opting to wear black. However, not all completely abandoned the tradition of amping up the weirdness. Here are my picks for the best and worst dressed at the 2012 Grammys (in no particular order):
THE BEST DRESSED
Carrie Underwood in Gomez-Garcia
The country superstar stayed classy and fabulous in this age-appropriate, long sleeved white gown. The backless, intricately detailed ensemble made her shine.
Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad
Abandoning her usual go-to pretty princess gown, T.Swift kicked it up a notch in this very grown up nude dress. With gorgeous sparkling embellishments and mermaid fit, along with her pulled back hair in favor of the usual curls, this look screams sophistication. Total stunnah.
Adele in Giorgio Armani
The British songstress, who walked away with 6 Grammys at the end of the night, also was a clear winner on the red carpet. Embodying Old Hollywood glamour with bright red lipstick and a sparkling, form-fitting gown, Adele proved once again her Perfect taste in red carpet attire. Simply dazzling.
Rihanna in Giorgio Armani
RiRi was daring as per usual with this silk black frock, which she collaborated on with Mr. Armani himself. Featuring a plunging neckline, this look stayed simple yet dramatic, and she definitely pulled it off. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of her new blonde coif, but I’ll take it any day over her old Ronald McDonald do.
In which Deadmau5 trolls Skrillex. Yes, Deadmau5 has made it possible for anyone to call up the dubstep DJ and congratulate him on his Grammy wins after displaying his personal cell phone number on his T-shirt. And while t-shirt and jeans are not standard attire for a red carpet event, I’m a pretty big fan of this look. The numbers appear above the text, ‘u mad bro?’ LOVE IT.
THE WORST DRESSED
Fergie in Jean Paul Gaultier
This was completely a “you love it or you hate it” look, and I’m going with the latter. While I appreciate the lovely tangerine hue of this ensemble, the totally unflattering granny panties are questionable and distracting. That along with the general “giant doily” vibe I’m getting from this gown places it at the bottom of my list.
Robyn’s my girl, but I’ve sadly got to disagree with her red carpet choice. Mullet dresses are rarely a good idea, especially when they fit in such an unflattering manner, and while the flat-form boots are completely on trend, they don’t do much to add anything to the ensemble.
Clearly the Russian electronic artist missed her calling to star in the Terminator. Although I can appreciate a fashion risk, I was not a fan of this “gun show”.
The most discussed look of the evening warranted its own category. Taking a page out of Gaga’s book (who was M.I.A. from the red carpet, but wore a Disney villain-esque Chanel outfit to the show) the rapper showed up in a red custom-made Versace ensemble resembling Little Red Riding Hood. Accompanied by “the Pope”, Minaj garnered a frenzy of attention from the crowds on the carpet. While I give her props for risk-taking and venturing from her usual tight form-fitting getups, this whole situation just makes me feel like she’s trying way too hard. I love me some Nicki, but I prefer her usual style then just another Gaga imitation.
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