The Craziest Looks of Grammys Past


The Grammy Awards preshow is one of the best ones to watch because of the traditionally outrageous outfits, but this year red carpet risks may be at risk after  CBS announced a “wardrobe advisory” for the Grammy Awards broadcast. All attendees have been asked to “avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack” and “sheer see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples.” Musicians are traditionally rebelllious, so our bet is the red carpet may be crazier than ever. We look back at some of the most talked about ensembles of Grammy’s past.

Katy Perry left the cupcake bra at home in 2011 and glided down the red carpet in a glimmering and iridescent Armani number topped off with full, feathered angel wings worthy of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. This is how a Grammy costume is done right.

The boys from OK Go showed up incognito in 2007 with red face masks and red and gold brocade suits. The four of them standing side by side amounted to a big piece of wallpaper. They were hard to ignore, and this costume stunt is impossible to forget.

Rihanna wowed us in 2011 in a Jean Paul Gaultier gown made up of some strategically placed ruffles. She’s a star known for her edgy look, and we like that she balanced out the shocking gown with a loose, tousled bob.

M.I.A. is anything but shy, so we’re glad she stuck true to herself in 2009 while walking the red carpet at nine months pregnant. Sheer and polkadotted, the look made no apologies, and M.I.A. was the face of pregnant and proud.

In 2010, Lady Gaga looked like the intergalactic Barbie doll we never had in a beautiful, lavender, out-of-this-world Armani gown, complete with orbiting glitter tubes and a spiky star prop. The day Lady Gaga tones it down is the day we give up on red carpet radicalism.

Imogen Heap brought it back down to earth in 2007 with foliage in her hair and a toy frog in her hand. We admire this songstress’s commitment to kooky.

Alicia Keys’ 2002 outfit got us all talking, mostly for the sake of trying to figure out what it was. A sari? A scarf? A sling? The hooded outfit is totally weird, but isn’t that what the Grammy’s are all about?  

Tune into the 55th Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday, February 10, at 8 PM to catch fashion’s wackiest, weirdest, and most whimsical.