Unlike the majority of red carpet appointments that stars have to keep during awards season, the Grammy's make for one wildly unexpected show. You never know how crazy, how naked, or how meaty (re: Lady Gaga)Â the looks will be! Read on to see our favorites and, perhaps, what fewÂ tweaks we might've made to perk up this rather subdued parade of styles.
Beyonce – Proenza Schouler – A plunging neckline and sheer panels throughout gave this long sleeve dress an alluring sensibility while a smattering of diamond and emerald jewels rounded out this familiar look from Queen Bey. We wanted way more drama than what we got from she who was nominated for sixÂ awards.
Meghan Trainor – Galia Lahav – Welcome to the party Meghan! The “All About That Base” singer was all about that lace last night with her sheer skirted gown which also featured a lovely off the shoulder cut. Retro waves, a classic red lip, and an edgy black French mani were welcome finishing touches.
Jessie J – Ralph & Russo – We're used to seeing this cheeky Brit in more daring red carpet styles but she does clean up nicely in her short sleeve couture gown. The sheer skirt and yoke help to modernize the silhouette while her side parted and slicked back hair combined with her vampy plum lip see the singer injecting her own taste into her impressive offering.
Nicki Minaj – Tom Ford – Feast your eyes onÂ slinky Ms. Minaj in her plunging neckline gown which also featured an embellished fringe skirt for added drama. Side slicked tresses and sparkling jewels rounded out this unapologetically sexy look.
Miley Cyrus – Alexandre Vauthier – Frankly, this is a conservative dress for Miley, but you know what? She looks fantastic in it! The cutouts add interest while her clean makeup and minimal accessories bring a seldom, if ever seen, element of sophistication to the young singer's fashion sense.
Miranda Lambert – Gabriela Cadena – One of our favorite country singers donned a sleek black dress with sparingly placed hot pink accents and cutouts for a look that was simultaneously feminine and modern. Lightly waved hair and a matching pink pout completed Miranda's styling.
Gwen Stefani – Versace -Â The musician and TV personality was jaw-dropping in this fresh jumpsuit complete with structured bodice and sheer illusion paneling. The slouched legs, swept back hair, subtly detailed pumps, and toned down makeup resulted in one of our favorite looks of the night.
Maddie Ziegler + Sia – The reclusive Australian singer and her dancing muse, Maddie, hit us with a bit of necessary drama via their coordinating platinum blonde wigs and boyish suit styling. We're loving thisÂ pared down yet bold presentation; especially Sia's cape!
Anna Kendrick – Band of Outsiders – Tantalizing in a tux, Anna swapped her traditionally ladylike appearance for a seductive spin on menswear. Glossy waves, smoky makeup, and sparse accessories couldn't have been more perfectly employed.
Gwyneth Paltrow – Stella McCartney – Short, body-skimming, red, and sparkly is not a combination of details we're used to seeing on Gwyneth but this dress is a rather good option for the event. Her iridescent gold heels sport coordinating red trim while her mussed tresses feel appropriately rock-and-roll. Altogether not bad but we're not sure if this really suits her or her skin tone.
Rihanna – Giambattista Valli – Arguably the biggest shock of the night was Rihanna's bubblegum pink loofah-like dress. We love that she changes her style up all the time so she's never predictable but we're not buying this pumped up princess piece. Her styling was on point, though, with diamond cluster earrings and an elegant knotted bun.
Katharine McPhee – Emilio Pucci – That color is splendid and the cut is daring but the fit is a little too tight and her accessories are questionable. There's a good look in there somewhere but only after adjusting the fit, swapping the wet-look hair for a low bun, and opting for different earrings like simple studs or linear drops.
Zendaya – Vivienne Westwood – Prints are rare on the red carpet so to see this stylish fashion plate in a richly hued one makes us very happy. Saturated shades of camel, navy, magenta, and teal enliven thisÂ cool one shoulder dress while a dark lip and smoky eye feel wonderfully moody. Her generous selection of rings plus stud-and-earcuff combo are on trend but we cannot, and will not, get behind those clunky shoes.
Taylor Swift – Elie Saab – Hands down, the best look of the night goes to Taylor. Her usually prim appearance took a turn for the glamorous in this teal and blue ombrÃ© gown replete with unique details like a multi strap silhouette, large pleats, and slit peek-a-boo front hem. As if the dress wasn't enough, her opalescent earrings, smoky blue makeup, and purple suede heels blew us out of the water.
Iggy Azalea – Giorgio Armani – Love the dress. Love the makeup. Hate the hair.
Rita Ora – Prada – A walking disco ball isn't a bad theme for a night like this but we're not loving Rita's oddly cropped hair and raccoon approved makeup. We also think that her dress, being so reflective and unfortunately in front of a white backdrop, hides her figure and, if anything, adds bulk. Not bad but not the most flattering choice.
Katy Perry – Zuhair Murad – Borrowing, perhaps, a little hair inspiration from Nicole Richie and Kelly Osbourne, the Superbowl songstress delighted in a seriously scooped back cocktail length dress dripping in white and silver sparkling fringe. Strappy heels and humongous chandelier earrings finished off this frosty confection.
Lady Gaga – Brandon Maxwell – Anybody else miss the days of Gaga's high waisted latex skirts and hair bow adornments? This cheesy Vegas-ready look and her squished cleavage areÂ doing nothing for us. Her contrasting green jewels areÂ a nice thought but cannot salvage this disappointing dress.
Paris Hilton – Yousef Aljasmi – Perhaps as a move towards her budding career as a DJ, Paris attended the Grammy's last night bringing her requisite Barbie doll aesthetic to the red carpet. We guess it could be worse but we're getting a distinctly been-there-done-that vibe from this sparkly gown and her matchy-matchy accessories.
Chrissy Teigen + John Legend – Emilio Pucci – John Legend is a lucky guy. Chrissy brought out her A-game last night in a long sleeve white dress featuring curvilinear sheer Â inserts at the bust and down the sides. Cascading honey colored waves and a geometric clutch made for ideal finishing touches.
Keith Urban + Nicole Kidman – Mugler – Nicole matched her husband's all black ensemble in a not-quite-mini turtleneck dressÂ covered in a symmetrical grommeted pattern. Strappy heels and a sleek lob enhanced the actress's welcome change of pace.
Big Sean + Ariana Grande – Versace – With her olive complexion a white and silver dress makes a lot of sense, but Ariana's choice seems like a simple white gown with a large piece of chainmail haphazardly slapped on. There's nothing novel here but at least her hair and makeup are pretty.
Kim Kardashian + Kanye West – Jean Paul Gautier – In what might be described as a gold sequin robe, Kim swept onto the red carpet with her shorter 'do and an expectedly low neckline. Metallic smoky eyes, simple heels, and a waist defining belt finished of her glowingÂ presentation. Our only quibble is with the length of the sleeves; had they been a wee bit shorter it would've made a significant difference.