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The Most Iconic Grammys Red Carpet Looks

24/01/2020

From the wildest matching girl band outfits to the J.Lo dress that’s been permanently ingrained into all of our memories, the Grammys have been delivering memorable red carpet fashion for decades now. Ahead of this year’s award show ceremony, we’re taking a look back at all the most iconic Grammy fashion moments in history—from Aretha and Cher in the ’70s to Gaga and Beyoncé today and all that’s in-between.

1972
Aretha Franklin took home her Grammy in 1972 wearing a stunning red and gold gown with a matching headscarf.

 

1974
Giving us a classic Cher moment, the singer donned a white bikini-style top adorned with a sequin butterfly. Topping off look, she wore a matching pastel butterfly accessory in her hair and a sheer shawl.

 

1975
In 1975, Yoko Ono and John Lennon showed up to the Grammys together in looks that could still be worn today. Yoko opted for a feathered shawl, slip dress, and mini bag, while John donned a suit and beanie.

 

1977
Big blonde hair, a hot pink jumpsuit, and bedazzled detailing: Dolly Parton gave the Grammys a dose of her signature look in ’77, making the award show instantly more fun.

 

1983
Leave it to Grace Jones to bring avant garde fashion onto the Grammy scene. The singer shut down the red carpet for the award show’s 25th anniversary in an ultra wide-brim hat (which Rick James posed under) and matching black leather ensemble.

 

1984
One of MJ’s most iconic looks, the King of Pop showed up to the ’84 Grammy Awards in a bedazzled military jacket and what would become his signature single glove.

 

1988
Always one to push gender norms in fashion, Prince wore a polka dot suit with matching high heeled boots to the 1988 Grammys.

 

1990
Serving up a real late ’80s, early ’90s LEWK, Paula Abdul donned a gold fringe dress with a matching high ponytail scrunchie, bangles, and a clutch.

 

1991
Gracing the music award show with her presence, Naomi Campbell delivered a major ’90s fashion moment in a colorful mini dress and red feather boa.

 

1992
Aretha Franklin served up some major glamour in the form of an animal print coat with a matching fur-trimmed hand muff in 1992. Don’t forget the oversized diamond drop earrings.

 

1993
In one of the Grammys’ first-ever naked dresses, Céline Dion showed up to the 1993 show in a see-through black lace gown that showed off her black thong.

 

1993
That same year, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson had a matching sibling moment in chic white suits and red ribbons to raise awareness for AIDS.

 

1993
Looking like a ’90s dream, Mariah Carey wore a strappy dress, heeled sandals, and a matching mini bag in head-to-toe red.

 

1994
Giving us the turtleneck red carpet look we didn’t know we needed, Shania Twain stunned in a sparkling white gown and matching satin bag at the 1994 show.

 

1996
Bow down to the legendary head-to-toe leopard look Mary J. Blige graced everyone with at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. She even rocked black sunglasses and leather gloves inside the show like a boss.

 

1996
An iconic fashion moment in girl band history, TLC wore matching white silky outfits for their first-ever Grammy appearance where they swept the awards with four wins.

 

1998
In one of the most stunning red carpet maternity dresses of all time, Jada Pinkett Smith wore a sheer sparkling gown to the 1998 Grammys.

 

1998
Lil’ Kim brought on the shine factor with glitter tights, a sparkling cardigan, and bejeweled heels.

 

2000
The dress that literally created Google’s Image search, Jennifer Lopez’s plunging Versace gown is one of the most impactful red carpet looks of all time. At the time, the belly-button baring look was one of the most scandalous gowns to grace a red carpet and it remains one of the most iconic to this day.

 

2000
Going full-on glam, Britney Spears channeled Marilyn Monroe in this white halter gown and fur stole at the 2000 Grammy Awards.

 

2001
Entering her new “Xtina” era, Christina Aguilera debuted a new look and boho-esque pink gown on the red carpet at the 2001 Grammys.

 

2001
Out-naked-ing J.Lo’s iconic Versace dress, Toni Braxton dropped jaws in this barely-there silk gown.

 

2001
Destiny’s Child swept the 2001 Grammys wearing matching green gowns designed by Tina Knowles.

 

2003
If there was ever a way to sum up early 2000s style, Missy Elliott wearing a pink tracksuit and matching fuzzy hat on the red carpet is it.

 

2010
Giving us a real Gaga fashion moment, the singer went for an unconventional red carpet look at the 2010 Grammys. The singer wore a sculptural, space-like look by Armani Privé and bejeweled platform heels.

 

2012
Who could forget that time Nicki Minaj showed up to the 2012 Grammy Awards with the Pope as her date? The rapper wore a red satin Versace robe emblazoned with the house’s signature Medusa head.

 

2012
Looking like Old Hollywood glamour, Adele slayed the 2012 Grammy red carpet in a sparkling black gown by Giorgio Armani.

 

2013
Rihanna was a vision in this sheer red gown by Azzedine Alaïa.

 

2014
Katy Perry dressed for the occasion in a stunning sheer Valentino Haute Couture emblazoned with music notes.

 

2014
The hat that sparked a million memes: Pharrell’s risk-taking accessory at the 2014 Grammys is one that will go down in Grammy history.

 

2014
Bringing mommy-and-me dressing to the red carpet scene, Madonna and her then 9-year-old son, David Banda, epically wore matching suits and hats to the 2014 Grammys.

 

2014
Queen Bey gave us a naked dress moment of her own in this sheer white floral gown by Michael Costello.

 

2015
Go big or go home: Rihanna wore a swoon-worthy princess gown by Giambattista Valli Couture to the 2015 Grammys, sparking a ton of memes in the process.

 

2018
Serving us a major train drama, Lady Gaga arrived to the 2018 Grammy Awards in a see-through lace bodysuit and a cascading ball gown skirt by Armani Privè.

 

2019
Cardi B looked like a work of art in this vintage Mugler dress she wore to the 2019 Grammy Awards.

 

Photos are courtesy of GETTYIMAGES

From Harper’s Bazaar US

 

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