Grammy Awards fashions: The good, the bad & the ugly

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.

The Good
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.

The Bad
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.

The Ugly
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.  

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