Sara Bareilles in a Blumarine mullet dress at the Grammys: cute or tragic?


Sara Bareilles was all set up to have a great night. She got some surprisingly big nominations and the Grammys could have been her big debut as a major singer/songwriter. But it felt like a stumble. Not a major stumble, but just like a wasted opportunity in a lot of ways. First of all, her red carpet dress was this white Blumarine mullet dress. HATE IT. It looks like Blumarine was jacking a Jason Wu design and then putting their own fug spin on it, then covering the mullet disaster in feathers. Plus, Sara’s styling was off too. Her hair wasn’t great, her makeup was raccoony. Blah.

As for Sara’s performance with this year’s MusiCares Award winner Carole King… I love Carole King. I love the idea of paying tribute to Carole King by putting her with Sara. But again, the execution was lacking.


I have no idea who Kacey Musgraves is, but she won best country album. She also performed in light up cowboy boots. Here she is in Armani Prive. I remember this girl when she spoke to E! – the dress really did not look good on camera, and it’s not great in still photos either. Ruffle tiers are kind of rough when you’re a grown woman, but this might have worked better if the skirt wasn’t so fitted and maybe it was a little bit longer too? Ugh. Awful.



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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I thought whatshername’s pink ruffle dress was ok until I saw that hideous tattoo through the side panel. She’s dressed up in a feminine gown, her hair is elegant, and that tattoo just makes her look like a biker who should be swigging Cold Duck out of the bottle.

    I’m just going to say this, and everybody can hate me all they want. Tattoos are tacky and foolish. A little one in a place that doesn’t show might be ok, but those big ones are just stupid, and if you don’t think you will regret it one day, you’re wrong. You will. Listen to your mother. Unless she has tattoos.

    • MrsB says:

      It’s not a popular opinion these days, but I agree with you about tattoos. I hate this trend of everybody covering their bodies in huge tattoos. Maybe I’m just showing my age :0
      Also, I don’t understand how mullet dresses EVER became a thing. I love Sarah Bareilles so it pains me that she wore that awful dress.

    • Beatrice says:

      I agree with you about tattoos as well–especially seeing one through the side panel of that elegant Armani gown. I’m not a fan of this trend at all. I know everyone gets tats now, but I think lots of people are going to regret those big ones.

    • lucy2 says:

      Visible big tattoos always ruin a formal look for me. When your eye goes right to it, it distracts from the carefully designed gown, I think. I would try to keep them in areas that can be covered for formal situations.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      Sorry, I’m pushing 50 and I have tons of tattoos and regret none of them. That they are foolish and tacky is YOUR opinion. And we all have opinions.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Of course you are right, it is only my opinion. I feel strongly about it, but just as strongly that you have the right to do whatever you want to your body as long as it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else. I can’t imagine getting or wanting one, but I’m sure there are things about me that you couldn’t imagine wanting, either.

    • atrain says:

      Agreed – visible tattoos will always cheapen your look. I can’t stand them. As they age and fade, they never look as good as you think they do. My only hope, is now that everyone and their mother seems to have some huge, tacky ink on them, that as my children age tattoos will only be associated with older trashy folks and my kids will stay away from them.

    • tessy says:

      I agree totally and they will look worse as the body ages and the skin sags. Also apparently the ink spreads as the tattoo ages, and if the body is too inked up, the skin stinks because it can’t breathe properly. I don’t like all the piercings either especially now that the trend is to have bull rings in the nose. I wonder how people can stand to wipe their nose with one of those in. But the worst are the tongue rings, how they can stand to have that flapping and rubbing around in the mouth all the time. Each to their own I guess, but I do find it difficult to look at some people.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Where on earth do you get your information from? The skin does not stink because of tattoos. The skin breathes just fine with tattoos, no matter how many you have. The ink does not cover the pores (and yes, I know what I’m talking about since I am a medical doctor). The ink will migrate a bit and spread, but mostly with smaller tattoos.

    • RN says:

      I don’t like the appearance of tattoos either. I think they make people look inelegant and their skin look dirty.

    • theNood says:

      No what you’ll regret is having children, who when you get old and too much trouble, they shove you in a nursing home and forget about you. Until you are close to death, then they remember you and every thing you have ever owned that they want once you die. For 8 years I have worked in a nursing home & retirement village and NEVER have I heard any one say they regret their tattoo. My goodness if that’s all I have to regret, a tattoo, then I have lived my life pretty well.

    • wonderwoman21 says:

      Uhm some people that age do have tattoos; Mr. Rogers’ arms were tattooed. Plenty of older men who were in the service were tattooed.

  2. QQ says:

    If the second chick’s dress was worn by say.. Ariana Grande It mightcould have worked… For an adult woman… Is kind of Overtwee

  3. Danigirl says:

    Gah.. love Sarah’s music but can’t say too many good things about the dress. Nice shoes?

  4. QQ says:

    If the second chick’s dress was worn by say.. Ariana Grande It mightcould have worked… For an adult woman… Is kind of Overtweet

  5. Anna says:

    Sara made me sad. She’s too wonderful to be wearing that fugly ass dress. I don’t get why big name designers don’t want to dress this girl.

  6. Faye says:

    Sara’s dress is . . . unfortunate. However, to me she compensates with her sweet smile and pretty face. She looks legit happy to be there. Plus, I love hear earrings – are those pink coral?

    Maybe it’s the remnants of the princess-loving little girl in me, but I love the material for the Armani dress.

  7. blue marie says:

    I like Sara’s hair, that’s all I got..

  8. smee says:

    I’m not sure who Sara Bareilles is, but she’s giving me a Big Bird vibe in that dress.

  9. toto says:

    Best at Grammy was maleficent trailer and the haunting song of Lana Del Rey period.
    my 5 cents

  10. L says:

    Kacey Musgraves is a country artist, so its no surprise alot of people haven’t heard of her.

    I thought her performance outfit (with the light up boots and cute skirt) was adorable. I don’t even like country and I liked the song she sang about following your arrow where it points.

  11. minime says:

    Sara Bareilles has been around for some years always with great albums, for those who like the genre (that I do). She’s not a pop figure made of thin air and fancy clothes, so I couldn’t care less about what she is dressing. It’s also not that horrible and she looks genuine and comfortable on it. It’s a pity that the value of an artist comes first to their image even when they actually have talent in what they do.

  12. taxi says:

    These women have chosen to present themselves in public this way?

  13. Kiddo says:

    Sara Bareilles has some pipes, the girl can sing. She’ll have a following.

  14. lucy2 says:

    Love Sara, dislike the dress. I’m happy she’s getting such attention though, she’s very talented.

  15. littlestar says:

    What was wrong with the execution of Carole King and Sara Bareilles performance? I’m honestly confused by that. I thought it was decent, and I’m not familiar with eithers music. They both can play the piano decently (although no where near as incredible as the pianist who played with Metallica – WOW was he amazing).

  16. RobN says:

    Sara’s hair looks like something a pack of 12 year old girls came up with at a sleepover.

  17. StaCat1 says:

    Like many, not a big fan of the dress but she was by NO MEANS the worst dressed of the night. I love her though. She is insanely talented and grateful for all she has and has earned it on merit- a very refreshing notion in today’s music.

    I would love for BRAVE to have won. She did a great album and am sure we will be seeing alot more of her in years to come.

  18. Lux says:

    I don’t know if it’s just the make-up but Sara (I must be out of the loop because I’ve never heard of her before) is really quite strange looking.

  19. Meggin says:

    I like Sara but I don’t like that dress on her. I agree it should have been worn by a teeny bopper like Ariana Grande. Then it would be cute.

  20. Susan says:

    I don’t know what you were watching, but Sara and Carole knocked it out of the park on their duet. With the exception of John Legend, it was easily the best vocal of the evening–perfect harmonies, awesome blend. Not to mention the ‘beautiful’ synergy of the two. Sara couldn’t stop beaming, she was so chuffed to be singing with her musical hero, and Carole seemed equally thrilled to be sharing the stage with someone carrying on her legacy. The performance was universally lauded from diverse camps, with Whoopi Goldberg saying it was the best of the night (and comparing them both to Patti LaBelle) and the LA Times devoting an entire article to how the duet came together, writing “Without a single pyrotechnic effect, King and Bareilles sparkled in one of the night’s most enduring musical moments.”