Warning: image-heavy post ahead
Music award show red carpets are a little different than television or movie award show red carpets. People in music tend to be style risk-takers, because they aren't on the red carpet all that often, and they also tend to have more "normal" body types. They aren't all skinny twigs who wear haute couture sample sizes and they don't all get asked by major designers to wear their clothes. Therefore, the standards by which I judge the Grammy red carpet fashions is different than the standard I use at other times.
I expect people to be a bit wackier, style-wise, than normal. I also expect outfits to be a little tackier - tighter, shinier, shorter, weirder - than I'd expect otherwise. The Grammys are a less formal occasion than other award shows and I expect fashion to reflect that.
That said, let's have a look at what people wore on Sunday night. Where possible I've included the designer but this isn't possible for a lot of dresses. I also normally organize the pictures by dress colour but that didn't really work as well this time around. I thought about organizing them from least wacky to most wacky but that proved to be a challenge, too, because the definition of wacky kept changing! Therefore, the pictures are in random order.
Wow, that's a lot of skin and leopard print. I couldn't find the designer for this dress and I'm not surprised; who would want to own up to this?
Those shoes don't go with this dress. I'm not a fan of the nude-coloured, hidden platform pumps. They make people look like they've got weirdly-deformed clown feet. The belt saves the dress from looking like a towel.
I love the ombre effect on this fabric and I love the bright orange. I just wish it wasn't a mullet dress. And what's up with her sculpted hair?
|Ciara in Emilio Pucci|
Well, this is... interesting. she looks like she's wearing an upscale beach coverup over her wacky bathing suit. I love the colours. The shoes are all kinds of wrong for this dress. Love her hair and makeup.
|Crystal Bowersox in Alberto Makali|
This is so sad and droopy... and I'm not just talking about her hair. That left sleeve is bringing this dress down, as is the extra length. I like the beading detail on the bodice but that's it.
This is practically a mullet dress but even so, I love it. it's edgy and sexy and is probably comfortable. Her hair is its usual crazy self.
|Eva La Rue|
Short, tight, and shiny - Heidi Klum would love it. At least her arms are covered. It isn't an awful dress... it's just not that great.
|Eva Longoria in Ashi Studio|
Is that collar supposed to be standing up in the back? It's like this dress was held up by starch and then got caught in a rainstorm and fell down. Lovely hair and makeup but that can't save this look.
|Jenna Ushkowitz in Pamela Dennis|
What's up with her pose? Is she pigeon-toed? I kind of like the gauzy, breezy feel of this dress although I don't love the bow at the top of the bodice with the tails hanging down. Keep the bow, lose the tails.
|Jennifer Hudson in Versace|
She doesn't even look like herself anymore. I like the bodice but it's too small for her and you can tell because she's got four-eyed boobs. The shoes completely ruin any good that could come of the mullet-style skirt.
|Kelly Osbourne in Tadashi Shoji|
This is pretty. The colour suits her, as does her hair and makeup. And she's bringing the sparkle with her shoes.
|Kim Kardashian in Kaufmanfranco|
The shape of this dress is interesting but it isn't flattering and I'm really not loving the colour on her. I wish the places where the dress is held in place with double-sided tape weren't so obvious.
|Lady Gaga in embryo|
In case you missed it. lady Gaga incubated in that egg thing. She emerged from it as part of her performance.
|Lea Michele in Emilio Pucci|
What's up with her pose? Did the world tilt while she was wearing this dress so that her legs showed like that? The skirt on this dress is ok but I'm not loving the bodice with its ruffles and shoulder pads.
|LeAnn Rimes in Reem Acra|
I like this dress... sort of. It's flattering on her, or it would be if her hair and makeup didn't look like that. Did she forget her wig?
|Lilian Garcia in Nurielle|
My eyes! My eyes! This is horrible - her hair, the lace, the hem, the "fringe". There's no way this look can be redeemed.
|Nicole Kidman in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture|
LOVE. I love the ombre effect, I love the colours, I love the skirt, I love the silhouette, I love the sparkles. I only wish that she'd done something just a bit different with her hair.
|Selena Gomez in J. Mendel|
LOVE! I love the dress fabric and silhouette and I'm also in love with her hair and makeup. This look is gorgeous.
|Dollphace in Cyndarella Couture|
Love the fabric, silhouette, shoes, and hair, except that I think the belly is supposed to be completely covered. It looks like the outfit is just a half-size too small for her, too.
|Florence Welch in Givenchy couture|
SQUEEE! I love, love, love this. It's got a concept and it's beautifully executed and it totally works for her.
|Genevieve Jackson in Kimberley Kouture|
I didn't know that sliip shaper undergarments came in such interesting patterns.
Why is she wearing a theatre curtain? Does it raise and lower to show more or less leg? I feel for her poor boobs, forced up and out of those teeny little cups.
What a cute night-on-the-town look! But wait, isn't this the Grammys? Shouldn't she be wearing something a bit more... something?
|Hillary Scott in Roberto Cavalli|
This is kind of a blah dress. The belt doesn't look all that good and I'm not loving the black column with her hair and bangs.
You know, I'm completely in love with the skirt and her jewelry. I think I'd love the overall look if she wasn't wearing the jacket - or if she was wearing a different skirt. Both are too boxy together.
|Janelle Monae in Ralph Lauren|
I love her look - the skinny pants with the sequinned jacket and structured hair. It's so much her own look and at the same time great for the Grammys.
|Julianne Hough in Malandrino|
What a fun print! The silhouette looks great, too. It works for the red carpet but I with there was a bit more sparkle.
Bridal. Crappy hair. The pleats are sort of interesting but the overall look is boring.
|Kathy Griffin in Oscar de la Renta|
What a great dress! it fits her and doesn't show too much. The metallic bits look amazing and I love the metallic piping. It's all her and it looks great.
|Miley Cyrus in Roberto Cavalli|
Ummm, wow. Why is her hair holding up her dress? This dress is too long for her.
|Mya in Jean Fares Couture|
I really like this - I'm a big fan of this colour and I love the way the pattern works its way up the dress.
|Sara Bareilles in Ghada Paris|
This colour is good on her and the overall look is polished and pretty. Still, this dress isn't as flashy as one might expect for the Grammys.
Tacky. Those ridiculous earrings, the matchy-matchy bag and shoes, and those shoulders - terrible.
Oh, wow. While the colour is great, the silhouette is just ok. The dead thing over her shoulder detracts from the dress.
She's melting into the floor. The bodice is pretty but she has no feet. Great hair and makeup.
|Amber Riley in Ema Savahl|
What a great dress! It's so slimming, and I love it! But why, oh why, did she put that gold thingy on her shoulder? And what did she do to her hair?
|Anna Nalick in Ashi Studio|
Oh I love this. I love the nude tulle over the sweetheart neckline and the sleeves and the belt and the full skirt with feather/fringe hem. Perfection, especially with her hairstyle.
Love the colour but did she have to match her eyeshadow to her dress? I sort of like the colourblocking with the ombre but it also doesn't quite work.
|Carolyn Malachi in Jovani Couture|
Eh, it's pretty but not really all that exciting. I like the brooch detail on her shoulder and at the waist.
|Dee Dee Bridgewater|
Um, wow. That leg slit is strange with the halter neck. And are those silver shoes? With an orange dress?
|Dianna Agron in Vivienne Westwood|
The pleating and ruching on the bodice is interesting but what I really love are her hair and makeup.
|Jordan Sparks in Zang Toi|
I think the long skirt is belted on to the short dress and it just looks weird. Her leg looks strange and I don't love the short dress. The white under the red doesn't really work, either.
|Keri Hilson in Basil Soda|
Gorgeous! The movement on the dress is fantastic and I love the overall look. The colour really works for her, too.
She's either melting into the floor or being formed from it. The sleeves don't work for her at all. Great colour.
|Margaret Cho in John Renaud|
The bodice is a touch too big but overall this is a great dress. Love the layering in the skirt.
|Martina McBride in Malandrino|
What were they thinking when they made that sleeve? I sort of like the skirt with the extra bit added bit the neckline and sleeve don't work so well.
|Melanie Fiona in Max Azria|
Nice dress with interesting fabric lines. Who told her that this headband was a good idea?
|Miranda Lambert in Edition by George Chakra|
Love the dress except for where it looks funny around her waist and hips. Why did she make her hair the height of her forehead? She looks deformed.
|Monica in Stephanie Roland|
It would be better without the sleeves but otherwise this is a gorgeous dress. Love her hair.
|Nadeea in Dolce&Gabbana|
It's the leopard dress from the Golden Globes! It works better here even if she's wearing that wig, mismatched gloves, and bag. Altogether this look is crazy.
|Natasha Bedingfield in Abed Mahfouz|
I didn't know that going to the Grammys was like going to the prom. This is a pretty prom dress that's a bit sheer in the skirt.
|Naya Rivera in Ashi Studio|
When did she grow a tail? That waist is too high and her hair is too blocky for this look to really work. Love the fabric.
|Nicki Minaj in Givenchy|
THIS is the way to wear leopard print: all over, from the dress to the leggings to the gloves to the hair. Crazy and amazing.
|Pauley Perrette in Terri King|
I wouldn't have known that she was at the Grammy awards if she wasn't wearing the notes on her front. The chartreuse colour doesn't nothing for her. At least the dress fits.
What's up with the waist ruffle on only the one side? The dress is a little too big on her waist but the overall look works.
Oh wow. Those... feathers... are something else. They certainly do move the eye around, don't they? Too bad they're paired with that grey dress that doesn't fit her too well because at least the colour of the feathers looks good on her.
|Frida Giannini in Gucci Premiere|
Lovely. The colour and silhouette work with her hair and styling perfectly. Love the halter neckline accent.
This almost works: if the hem were straight it would be perfect because the crystal accents on the neck and sleeves make it interesting and right for the Grammys red carpet.
The pleating and ruching on the skirt isn't quite flattering. The oversized dolman bodice with the zigzag gives is interesting and works for her.
|N'Dambi in Sachin + Babi|
Love it! I love the extra texture carried through the entire dress, the silver on the bodice, and the black belt. Even the shoes work perfectly. Gorgeous!!
What's going on with the hem of this dress? It's not supposed to look that way, is it? And why is she wearing shiny gloves and suede boots? The neckline is pretty but that's all that this dress has going for it.
|Mayra Veronica in Herve Leger|
There's nothing exciting about this dress... but there's nothing horrible about it either. It's a safe choice.
|Kristine Elezaj in Atelier Pavoni|
She looks like she's developed fins on the bottom of her skirt. The bodice is pretty and flattering but seeing someone wearing a nude colour like this with blonde hair makes her look washed out.
|Nadia Ali in Jovani Couture|
This reminds me of that look that Halle Berry wore when she won her Oscar. Except that this has feathers on the skirt and more obvious breast coverage. The skirt is a little overpowering.