Grammys 2011: The best, worst and weirdest dressed on the red carpet
A different set of rules apply to Grammy Awards red carpet fashion. Rockin' sometimes trumps elegance. Weirdness rules. And even the guys are willing to take chances they might not dare to attempt at the Oscars.
But as is true of any red carpet, some people manage to work it better than others. Here are my picks for Grammys' best, worst and weirdest dressed.
Why that third category? Because this is the Grammys, and those who get extra-freaky deserve special recognition.
Best dressed at the Grammys:
Drake: He went with the all black tuxedo look, a somewhat daring move. But I thought he pulled it off, looking unconventional and dashing at the same time.
Dianna Agron: The "Glee" cheerleader isn't technically a pop star, even though she and other cast members were nominated for two Grammys, in the soundtrack and pop performance by a duo or group categories. But she looked appropriately glam-rockin' in a Vivienne Westwood black strapless dress, heavy black eyeliner and an updo with just the right amount of volume. Well done.
Natasha Bedingfield: The British pop singer wore a flowing blue and white floral gown that was girly and very, very pretty.
Nicole Kidman: All right, maybe it's cheating for Kidman -- a red carpet pro who usually stands among the finest looking women at the Golden Globes and Oscars -- to get special notice for her Grammy ensemble. But while standing by Grammy-winning husband Keith Urban, she looked so great in this form-fitting, cheerful Jean-Paul Gaultier gown that she simply could not be ignored. Let's hope she looks this fabulous at the Oscars.
Selena Gomez: Gomez tried to look a bit older and sophisticated in a sparkly and slinky J. Mendel dress. And she pulled it off, conveying classiness instead of desperate trashiness.
Honorable mentions: Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper, for owning the all-black, rock 'n' roll look.
Worst dressed at the Grammys:
Justin Bieber: I commend Bieber for attempting something different from the standard tuxedo look. But this all-white option, especially on such a young guy, just made him look like someone who should be carrying a tray of mini-crab puffs.
Miley Cyrus: The braid looped through her mane -- not visible in the above photo, but definitely viewable during the E! red carpet show -- and the fact that the top of this Roberto Cavalli number didn't quite cover Cyrus's, um, assets combined to make this Grammys dress wind up in the loser pile.
Amber Riley: Ryan Seacrest flat-out told "Glee's" Riley that she'd be talked about during E!'s fashion police. The unflattering wildness of the pattern on her dress makes that a possibility. But the added distraction of all that gold business on her left shoulder pretty much guarantees it.
Lenny Kravitz: He told Ryan Seacret that he was going for a nomadic vibe with all those layers of tattered leather and what appeared to be faux fur. By nomadic, did he mean evocative of "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome"? Because if he did, mission accomplished.
Rihanna: Okay, Rihanna is a knock-out beautiful woman. And the poofy ball gown she wore during her Grammy performance with Eminem -- the one with the skirt that mirrored the flames on the stage -- was great. But the white dress she wore on the red carpet, which looked like the unfortunate result of a tragic Christmas garland accident, demonstrates why horizontal lines are almost never a good idea on anyone.
Dishonorable mentions: Adam Levine of Maroon 5, who looked like he just plucked a dirty T-shirt out of the hamper and threw it on under a blazer, and John Mayer, who clearly went for the Johnny Depp look. And not in a good way. (Apparently USA Today thought the same thing.)
Weirdest dressed at the Grammys:
Note: This is not a commentary on good or bad, really, so much as a statement of fact.
Katy Perry: Did Red Bull give Katy Perry wings? Who knows? All we know is she wore them on the red carpet along with this glittery bra-meets-sarong look. She also brought her grandmother to the Grammys, which was so sweet that it compensated for the fact that Perry seemed prepared to fly back to her own, private, ample-chested heaven at any moment.
Lady Gaga: The above photo is of Gaga onstage, after she hatched from the egg in which she was incubating, the same egg in which she "walked" the red carpet. Hitting the red carpet as an embryo: that's pretty freaking strange, even for Gaga.
Nicki Minaj: Weirdness is expected of Minaj. And bless her, she did not disappoint, choosing to go full-on leopard in an ensemble she described on E! as "lioness meets her cub meets fabulosity meets" ... look, I last track of what she was saying. The mad poof of hair -- which made Scarlett Johansson's Golden Globe 'do look limp by comparison -- clearly distracted me.
Now it's your turn to rank the choices above. And if there's a fashion hit or miss that I didn't mention, feel free to call it out by posting a comment.
| February 14, 2011; 1:01 AM ET
Categories: Awards Season, Fashion, Music
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