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The Most Iconic Grammys Red Carpet Looks


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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


Ariana Grande traded Beauty and the Beast for Cinderella status when she showed up on the red carpet in this stunning Giamabattista Valli gown.


Billie Eilish never fails to translate her personal style for the red carpet. This custom encrusted Gucci suit is case in point.


Lizzo simultaneously channeled Brittany Spears and Jessica Rabbit in Atelier Versace—before having multiple costume changes to perform, present, and accept her (many) Grammy awards.


Sheer, sexy, and sparkling—Cardi B is a walking piece of jewelry in this custom Mugler dress.


Photos are courtesy of GETTY IMAGES

From Harper’s Bazaar US


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