The theme of this year’s Grammy Awards was honoring the past and creating moments that will live on forever. Unfortunately, for many of the attendees their only such moment was a fashion faux pas.
Esparanza Spalding (photo, left) dazzled in a show-stopping gold ruffled number. The Best New Artist winner proved herself to be a fashion as well as musical star. Nicole Kidman is Hollywood fashion royalty and reigned over the red carpet in an elegant Jean-Paul Gaultier dress. Funny girl Kathy Griffin was a stunner in a gold dress that perfectly hugged her body; however, she surprised by making nice with one of her favorite targets, Ryan Seacrest. Grammy-nominee Sara Bareilles sizzled in a red cocktail dress, complemented by simple make-up and understated jewelry. And Disney teen star Selena Gomez displayed fashion maturity in a shimmery J.Mendel number.
Among the men, Bruno Mars channelled the Rat Pack in a black tux, white pocket square and hair gelled to the max. Rapper Paul Wall, who recently lost 100 pounds, was clearly excited to be on the red carpet and sported a classic style black tux and a playful lavender tie. Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley was a style champ as well with a traditional black tux and adorable bow-tie. And two new artist nominees runners-up were style champs: Justin Bieber in a white suit and Drake dapper in a black tuxedo.
Rapper Nicki Minaj was clearly inspired by Wilma Flintstone, dressed in head-to-toe leopard print with a gigantic white bee-hive hairdo. Another disaster was Katy Perry in an ugly and ill-fitting midriff top fashioned with sequins and paired with a flowing skirt with an overly-long train. Ciara also flopped with an Egyptian-inspired number that revealed too much leg and was paired with inappropriate stiletto heels. Crystal Bowersox was a nightmare in a green number that looked more like bed sheets than a dress; her hair was also a mess in dreadlocks. And Julianne Hough wore a dress with far too many different prints competing for attention.
Among the worst-dressed men were a slew of fellows who showed up in clothes that were far too casual. Usher wore leather pants paired with a grey t-shirt. Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, wore a grey t-shirt and cargo pants. The usually stylish Adam Lambert was a fashion loser with a look that was too gothic and included a low-cut top that looked more like Lea Michele’s Cosmo cover than a Grammy outfit. He paired it with too much jewelry and more make-up than half the ladies on the red carpet wore.
Mumford & Sons showed up in jeans and work boots; one member even wore a yellow baseball cap. Eminem was a mess in jeans and a black t-shirt. Ryan Bingham was bad enough in a brown tweed suit, but compounded the error by wearing sneakers. “Jersey Shore” star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino showed up in sneakers and jeans while B.o.B. wore a distracting bright red coat with black leather pants that had buttons down the side of his legs. Russell Brand sported a wrinkled grey suit with black work boots and with his greasy, long hair he was a total mess. Kris Kristofferson’s rumpled look matched his raspy speaking voice. And Swiss Beatz sported a hideous leopard print coat.
Willow Smith inherited her mother’s erratic fashion sense, in an outfit that can best described as hobo chic. Jennifer Lopez was also a miss in a number too similar to her other recent red carpet looks. And while “Glee” star Naya Rivera is young and hip, her silver dress was far too short.