Grammys' Best Dressed! 25 Looks That SLAYED Last Night

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The Grammys red carpet is always a bit of a mixed bag. It’s like trying to play all the radio stations at once — there are a lot of powerful voices, and they all want their moment in the spotlight. But, we believe that makes picking out the best of the best even more fun.

Despite these artists’ styles — both musical and sartorial — being so vastly different, it always seems like the most special looks float above all the noise. We're talking about moments like Gwen Stefani in a Versace jumpsuit proving why she's forever a muse of song and style, and Jenny Lewis wearing the coolest technicolor dream suit, ever.

Ahead, some noteworthy Grammy-goers who didn’t play it safe, got unabashedly weird, and kept us talking all night long. Except during Beyoncé. Because, well, you know.   

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When we first saw this dress close the Giambattista Valli couture show, we started to dream about who would be the first celeb to wear it on the red carpet (when not dreaming about wearing it ourselves). And, Rihanna was as breathtaking as could be when she arrived in the floaty, fluffy, pink creation of our fantasies. It brought out the style chameleon’s princess-y, playful side.
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The long-sleeved mermaid gown is shaping up to be the silhouette of the season, but Kelly Osbourne’s 3-D, spotted Christian Siriano dress still served up a lot of personality. Plus, that jeweled Judith Leiber koi clutch is definitely not your average red carpet accessory.
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Sisters dressing in coordinating looks kinda sounds like the start of a photo shoot for holiday cards at your local mall. Well, if that’s the case, the Haim crew has one hell of a family album. Este (in Chloé), Danielle, and Alana (both in Stella McCartney) complemented each other in black and white, sleek silhouettes — and there were no matching headbands or awkward poses to be found.
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Not many people decide to go for full-on glamour at the Grammys, but Jessie J’s sheer Ralph & Russo dress could fit right in at the Met Gala or the Oscars (we also loved the even sheerer Yanina Couture dress she wore to perform with Tom Jones).
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As a model (specializing in swimsuits, no less), Chrissy Teigen clearly knows how to dress for her shape. But, her white, hourglass cutout dress was especially pitch-perfect.
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Even though Beyoncé left New York for the West Coast, it was nice to see her supporting the Big Apple’s Proenza Schouler in an elegant, curve-hugging, black lace gown. We also loved how Queen Bey let the intricate design shine on its own, with minimal styling and a softly waved, undone hairdo.
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Anyone whose outfit is inspired by a disco ball is okay in our book. And, Rita Ora’s head-to-toe sparkle, courtesy of Prada, was an especially striking moment on the red carpet. This heavy dose of shine, along with the gown’s high mock neck, long sleeves, and slight train, was delivered in the chicest way possible.
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Taylor Swift’s default is elegant — as a girl who looks more polished leaving the gym than the majority of us do on our wedding day, it’s completely to be expected that she’d pull off sleek, sophisticated style with aplomb. But, what’s most surprising about her halter-neck Elie Saab gown and strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals is the color story going on. Teal + fuchsia = duet of the evening.
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Most of the time, when women wear suits on the red carpet, it’s an exercise in minimalism. But, there’s nothing pared-down about Charli XCX’s all-white Moschino suit, with its Party Down-appropriate pink bow tie, faux-fur stole, and ruffled tuxedo shirt. It’s ridiculous, theatrical, and a ton of fun — and, for an evening that celebrates personal style in every form, we truly appreciate the risk here.
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Both Sia and Maddie Ziegler, the young dancer featured in her video for “Elastic Heart,” wore custom Giorgio Armani suits. Sia went for classic pumps, and Ziegler opted for a chic pair of two-toned oxfords. Both kept things surreal with a set of monster platinum-blonde wigs.
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Some artists go through all-black moments. Others go through boho stints. Jenny Lewis, on the other hand, is currently in her rainbow-suits period. Artist Adam Siegel airbrushed the plain, white Aritzia suit, and Lewis accessorized with an equally color-washed pair of boots and sunglasses.
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Okay, so Ciara didn’t release an album last year, but we’d be damned if that stopped her from arriving at the Grammys in a dress that stole the spotlight. Her voluminous, asymmetric number allowed her to look equal parts fantasy and futuristic, while also pulling off the coolest high-low hem we’ve seen in a long time.
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We don’t typically see Iggy Azalea in color, but her cobalt-blue Giorgio Armani dress was a great way to break her usual pattern. With her cutout slits and crown of braids, she looked nearly regal.
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A floor-length gown with jewel-toned awning stripes feels like it belongs more in a vintage shop than on the red carpet, but this Vivienne Westwood creation works gorgeously with Zendaya’s short crop and '90s makeup. To top off the look, she piled on jewelry by Jennifer Fisher.
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Ariana Grande and Versace are made for each other. This super-vampy white dress with a splash of silver is obviously sexy, but keeps it classy.
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Gwen Stefani didn’t just wear a jumpsuit. She wore a feat of architecture. While we just saw this Atelier Versace number grace the couture runway a couple shorts weeks ago, it became an even more powerful statement look when worn by the inimitable singer. Didn’t think that was possible, huh?
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We know Meghan Trainor for her penchant for poppy pastels, but we’re loving this darker side of her personality as well. This olive Galia Lahav dress with a black, sheer overlay — polished off with Simon G. jewels — is positively majestic. And, all together now: “We’re all about that lace, 'bout that lace...”
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Melissa Rivers produces a show that serves as the most vocal yay-or-nay tribunal for red carpet fashion, so we’re pretty sure her Roberto Cavalli two-piece tux would get unanimous approval from the Fashion Police.
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Miley Cyrus oscillates between '90s slip-dress minimalism and S&M art project, and this Alex Vauthier dress is half-and-half from each of her worlds.
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There’s not much to say about Jennifer Hudson’s Tom Ford dress, other than that it’s absolutely perfect. The thin, gold choker and silver shoes provide a fun mixed-metal moment.
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Katy Perry’s ensembles — both on the red carpet and onstage — always have a bit of a cheeky wink to them. But, this Zuhair Murad number really let the singer embrace her inner Tina Turner with a sparkly, tasseled, beaded design that’s made for shimmying. Extra points for her understated Sophia Webster heels and color-coordinating her outfit to her lavender locks!
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Not many ladies have got the chutzpah to wear a dress with a slit that high and a neckline that dramatic. But, Ashanti’s not your average woman, and she looks utterly flawless in this tangled, twisted black gown.
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Peplum dresses may be a little played out as far as styles go, but Vaja’s peplum-train hybrid, with a sweetheart neckline that mimics the shape, is an unexpected twist that feels completely fresh and exciting.
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The term “black-tie casual” is one of the most confusing in the catalog of dress codes, but we think that Gina Rodriguez’s Grammys frock, by Christos Costarellos, is exactly that. With a green, zippered trim and a matching belt, this all-white dress fits her to a T, and looks perfectly formal without feeling stuffy.
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Kim Kardashian knows what she likes, and, thankfully for us, that often means truly dramatic renditions of the skin-tight. This gold Jean Paul Gaultier robe dress with extra-long sleeves and starburst beadings is dramatic, like a Klimt painting come to life.
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