Katy Perry in musical Valentino at the Grammys: tacky or amazing?

Katy Perry

Katy Perry didn’t win any awards at last night’s Grammys (she was nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance and performed “Dark Horse”), but she scored pretty well in the style department. Katy went with a Valentino Couture gown that looked a bit like a contemporary ball gown. I thought it was a beautiful white frock that fit into Katy’s usual quirky pattern but was also appropriate for the Grammys because of the musical note pattern on the skirt. She looked gorgeous here with less makeup than usual and a dramatic braided updo. Her hair was likely fake, but she still pulled this look off.

Notice that Katy isn’t showing as much skin as she usually does. She got in trouble last year for violating the dress code with her rack on display. So Katy went with a sheer skirt, which was a way to show off her legs and still stay within the code. Where was John Mayer? Who knows. He was probably pouting for lack of nominations.

Katy Perry

Chrissy Teigen

Here’s Chrissy Teigen with John Legend. She’s wearing Johanna Johnson, and he’s in a Gucci suit. I like the contrast of Chrissy’s super dazzling, gold gown with underdone, beachy hair. She’s just gorgeous, and the smokey eyes and nude lip are perfect. Chrissy and John were photobombed by Neil Patrick Harris last night!

Chrissy Teigen

Bonnie McKee

Bonnie McKee wore Gustavo Cadile on the red carpet. The royal blue dress is fine even if it’s a little dull. I guess Bonnie decided to bring the drama with her hair, which is amazing in its awfulness. She went full-on ombre with a flaming orange that cascaded into petal pink. This is an example of everything that is wrong with an ombre trend. You really have to see a back view for the full effect.

Bonnie McKee


Amber Rose wore Naeem Khan. Amber’s dress doesn’t look as good in these photos as it did on the red carpet. I think the color suits her well, and she went with minimal makeup (and hair, obviously) so as not to overpower all of the shiny gold. She could have gone with a bolder lip shade. Amber accessorized with Wiz Khalifa, who was probably super bummed that he wasn’t the highest person in the house (Willie Nelson was by a long shot). Nah, he didn’t care.

Amber Rose

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  1. Maureen says:

    Katy Perry continues to have the best makeup artists in the business. For someone with a face as incredibly basic and run-of-the-mill as hers to always look as stunning as she does made up, you KNOW she’s got an extremely talented team working on her.

    • Lauren says:

      ‘For someone with a face as incredibly basic and run-of-the-mill as hers’

      I really would like to see YOUR face.
      Katy is beautiful.

      • Maureen says:

        @ Lauren

        I said she looks stunning MADE UP, which is what you’re looking at when you said, “Katy is beautiful”. But without makeup, Katy Perry is NOT beautiful. There are beautiful women without makeup walking around every college campus in America. And, FWIW, I quite love my face.

      • eliza says:

        Wow! No need to be nasty. Everyone’s opinions on beauty are different. Katy is beautiful to you and that’s cool. Not everyone has to share that opinion.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I agree that Katy is average-looking in a lot of ways, maybe pretty at times, but in a girl-next-door sort of way. Not wild about this dress but her face looks absolutely stunning in these photos–and yes, I agree that it’s mainly due to really good and flattering make-up.

      • Nina says:

        I agree with your stance Lauren, I find it amazing that the person who was defending someone’s looks is the one being called nasty.

      • skuddles says:

        There’s certainly nothing wrong with expressing the view that Katy looks beautiful without makeup, but no need to get into that whole “what does YOUR face look like” type thing. Sorry but that just irks me…. it’s the same old tired argument that women who are critical of other women’s looks are surely unattractive and jealous. This is just about KP’s looks – and since they factor in so heavily with her brand/artist persona, they’re fair game IMO.

        I also think KP is really rather plain without makeup. Not ugly, quite cute actually, but well applied makeup transforms her into a stunning woman. I’ve always marveled at what hairstyles and makeup can do for her physical appeal.

      • Maureen says:

        @ Nina

        Don’t pretend you don’t understand. This is a celeb blog. I made a comment about a celebrity. I was well within the boundaries of this blog to do so. Lauren attacked me for it. It’s NOT the same thing. And in any case there was no need to “defend” Katy Perry, since I said she looks stunning with makeup. It is not offensive to call someone basic without makeup. I didn’t say she’s UGLY without makeup. I said she’s not *beautiful* without makeup.

      • TG says:

        Have you never seen Katie’s busted face? She has terrible skin. I like Katie and think she looks fine but let’s be honest. You might think Katie is beautiful but that is just your opinion just as it is others opinion that Katie isn’t so special in the face. I don’t know why commenters on here get offended like that and then use the stupid line of “Let’s see your face”. To what point? So only beautiful people are allowed to think others are ugly? And who gets to decide who is beautiful anyway? I liked Katie before she lost all self- esteem and started dating John Mayer. I know it was cheesey but I loved Katie’s performance last night because I like anything Halloween related and that was the first time I heard that song and now need to download it. I also loved loved her dress.

      • Nina says:

        @ Maureen

        I stand by my original position, I think there is something callous about women like you, the ones who can’t simply acknowledge someone looking good without also adding an insult. And you can defend your actions by citing the so called “boundaries of the blog” all you want. This blog entitles women to be ruthless towards CERTAIN women while declaring others untouchable. So please spare me your nonsense. YOU were the only one being nasty.

    • Neffie says:

      i agree, without the make up she is extremely lain with no stand out features.

      • Vanderhootchie says:

        Yep. Plain Jane, minimal talent, and plastic surgery too.


        “The rack is real!” my ass. There are lots of other proof pictures out there.

      • Jessica says:

        I think the reason she doesn’t look good without makeup is because she dyes her hair darker than it’s natural color. When I dyed my hair jet black, I looked really washed out without makeup. The color only worked with makeup on.

      • janie says:

        Katy looked beautiful! I loved her dress! She’s gorgeous made up or not!

      • V4Real says:

        @ Vanderhootchie

        I never entered last weeks debate on whether or not Katy’s breast are real. My only comment was that she had a nice pair of boobs. I sitll don’t know if they are real or not but there is a chance that they could be. She could have just had them lifted as well as fat injections. If she took that route than her boobs are indeed real.

        As for Katy needing make-up to bring out her outer beauty. Don’t we all remember this one.


        Russell Brand must have really hated his then wife.

      • GByeGirl says:

        If I ever get implants, or some sort of “improvements” to my breast area (I only plan to if/when they deflate later in life, I’m definitely going to Katy Perry’s surgeon. They are spectacular!

      • Danskins says:

        WOW!! I’d forgotten about that less than flattering Daily Mail photo of Katy sans make up.

        It truly does wonders for her. Love her as an artist but she does not look naturally beautiful without make up IMO.

    • vangroovey says:

      I was thinking the EXACT same thing. I’ve stared at that close up of her for 5 minutes now, trying to figure out how they do it! Because she really does have a face just like the rest of us extremely average gals, but looks AMAZING on the red carpet.

    • emmie_a says:

      I totally agree Maureen. And I think even when she tones down her makeup she’s still wearing a ton, which is why she always looks cartoon-ish to me, which makes her end up looking trashy, even when she’s trying to look elegant. …Which is why I think the dress could look elegant but it doesn’t work on Katy.

      • atorontogal says:

        She wears her hair too severe for my liking. She is not very pretty and should leave her hair down more so it blows over her face! lol

    • Bridget says:

      That would make an amazing pickup artist line – ”Wow, you really look beautiful tonight, you must have really pulled yourself together since normally you’re kind of plain.”

      Aside from that, I have no real use for Katy Perry (though I do believe in the power of women).

  2. QQ says:

    Katy perry Wears Hammy costume out: NO

    Dont have an earthly idea who Kool Aid Hair is. But i LIKE her dress

    LOVED LOVED loooovved Amber Rose, Crissy looked fine too

    • MCraw says:

      Omg thank you. What a cheesy stupid dress. Of course Katie Pewwy would wear that thing. Of course.

  3. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    Is Amber Rose still breastfeeding? Those are some serious girls. (No shade, she looks gorgeous. I just don’t remember her being quite so top-heavy.)

    I do not like Chrissy. She has made more than one comment that seems like she’s dogging on various women, and she seems a little self-satisfied. I want to like her, she’s SO pretty…I just can’t.

    I’m down with Katy’s gown-a little funky, but a lot more grown up than some of her older, over-the-top looks. There are no cupcake boobs or cultural appropriation issues, so really, let’s call it a win. And of course John is at home pouting. Katy’s mass-produced pop is getting nominated for awards? He probably would have puked all over the place.

    • Marigold says:

      I think she is definitely still breastfeeding. Kim K should take note-if you want people to believe you breastfeed, you have to have boobs that match. And they usually need support (like with Amber Rose’s dress) and can’t be free hanging and braless like Kim thinks they can be.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Omg, I looked at Amber Rose and thought exactly the same thing…”Kim K should take notes, because *this* is how it’s done”. Not about the breast feeding, but more about being comfortable in her body and not posing hard. Amber Rose is absolutely owning that dress (not many could) and looks gorgeous.

    • Zadie says:

      I don’t think Chrissy is pretty at all. When Ryan Seacrest interviewed them, she looked very plan, especially from the profile.
      Amber Rose, now that’s a beauty. And her and Wiz are so cute together.

    • littlestar says:

      I don’t like Chrissy Tiegen at all either. When I first heard of her, I thought she was okay, but it’s exactly as you say. She has a pretty big ego.

      • Danskins says:

        What’s with the Chrissy Tiegen hate? She seems like a nice woman and is very beautiful. I don’t get it?

  4. crab says:

    What is that on Amber Rose’s upper arm? I don’t like the style of Katie Perry’s dress but I like the musical notes!

  5. Anna says:

    Bonnie’s hair looks so fake, it’s not even blended properly.

    Did anyone anyone else see the photo that went viral last night about Katy?
    It was something along the lines of “all the notes on her dress signify the notes she can’t hit when she’s singing” LOL it was harsh but it made me laugh

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Katie Perry looks beautiful, and I love, love that dress on her. So soft and feminine.

  7. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Ombré hair must go.

  8. Wiffie says:

    Katy’s mouth is TECHNICALLY Smiling, but the rest of her face just sits there. Soo much botox!

    • vangroovey says:

      I feel like such an idiot. I’ve been looking at that picture of her face trying to figure out why its “so perfect”. Botox! Of Course! Duh, me. I didn’t even consider that could be a possibility because she is in her 20s…..but of course she probably does botox! I need to get with the game, here…..

  9. Mandy says:

    I don’t know, Katy’s make up still looks a little “cakey” to me. I did like her dress, though.

  10. GMarchetti says:

    I think she looks great, but in the past 3 years or so, doesn’t she look like she’s older than she actually is? She’s 28 years old, but to me, looks like she’s in her early 30’s. Anyone agrees with me?

    • SonjaMarmeladova says:

      I do.

    • Rosetta Stoned says:

      The first time I ever saw her, years ago when Hot &Cold and Kissed A Girl were just coming out, I didn’t know she was a musician. I saw a picture of her at an event with other celebrities and thought she was some old Hollywood actress or Rockette who had been brought out of retirement for, I dunno, novelty purposes? She was wearing a ton of makeup and what looked like a remake of an old stage outfit from entertainment’s bygone era, so when I found out she was the same age as me I had a moment of shock!

  11. lower-case deb says:

    Bonnie goes to the Halloween party as Mystique?

  12. Kaye says:

    That one picture of Amber Rose face on – if she had long dark hair she would look a LOT like Kim Kardashian (before all the plastic surgery).

  13. Victoria1 says:

    I’m so glad Katy lost last night… I find her and her music annoying maybe she’ll stop being nominated now??
    Something nice: Her dress and makeup look nice

  14. Nicolette says:

    Boobs McCakeFoundation, can’t look at Katy now without thinking that. Don’t know who Bonnie McKee is but that hair is awful. It looks like a color job gone horribly wrong and the front of it looks like she still has the color on her hair and is waiting for it to get rinsed out.

    • Liberty says:

      Fun With Words: You really need to have a man with a deep voice say “Ah, Boobs McCakeFoundation” in a Sean Connery Scottish accent. Trust me. I’ve been laughing since last night. As funny as it is to read here, wait until you hear it.

  15. mellie says:

    I liked the dress…for me, the Grammy’s are a little different, musician’s are a little edgier, trying to outdo each other and be over the top, this isn’t the Oscar’s…you’re going to get all kinds of crazy ass outfits.

  16. kibbles says:

    This is one of Katy’s best looks ever. I am in love with this dress. She looked classy and beautiful. I love it when women prove there there are other ways to look gorgeous and sexy without showing a lot of T&A. This dress was my favourite look of the night. I wish more celebrities would dress like this at awards ceremonies.

  17. HH says:

    Katy’s dress is the classic case of too much going on. We have the music notes, the added sleeves, the fabric hanging off the shoulders, the peak-a-boo short skirt underneath, the see-through, criss-cross bodice… it’s too much.

  18. Marianne says:

    Katy’s dress isnt something I would wear. But its the Grammy’s. You can be a little kooky there. She still looks elegant but also like she was having fun.Anywhere else it would have been weird. It works at the Grammys.

  19. BendyWindy says:

    I came in prepared to hate Katy’s dress, but it is actually perfection. She looks gorgeous. I’m going to have to watch her performance, though, because she always, ALWAYS sounds like s— live.

    Who is this Chrissy Teigen person (other than John Legend’s wife)? And what is going on with her cheeks? Are those natural, because they don’t look it.

  20. Stef Leppard says:

    I love how Bonnie matched her clutch to her hair. It’s so trashtastic.

  21. Frida_K says:

    Chrissy Teigen’s flat, large forehead makes her look as though she chased parked cars when she was a child.

    • kristiner says:

      HAHAHA!!!! There’s something so off about her face. Maybe her chipmunk cheeks? I don’t know but it’s…off

  22. lucy2 says:

    I’m still trying to get over the fact that Katy Perry is Grammy nominated. I mean…really? Pop stars like her being nominated kind of diminishes the prestige the award once had.

  23. IvanaVodka says:

    IMO, this is the best Amber Rose has looked. By far. Especially if you remember Kanye days.

    To pp RE: the marks on her arm – probably remnants of the makeup concealing her tattoo sleeves.

  24. Penelope says:

    I don’t think Katy’s face is plain or run of the mill, even without makeup.

  25. wendy says:

    Katy’s dress only looks good on her when she’s posing with her hands on her waist to make it appear smaller. with no hands on the hips the dress wasn’t flattering to her figure. It hit her in the wrong spot.
    Taylor’s dress was lovely. Too bad she danced like a dummy front row all night.

  26. L says:

    I’m a musician. A professional musician. And the one thing I can’t stand are musical notes on anything but music. Not on clothing, mugs, magnets, tote bags. Ugh! It just reminds me of all those people with the tote bags that say, “Music is my bag!” Along with the obligatory eighth notes. And you know they really aren’t very good. That’s what her dress says to me. “Look! Look at me! I’m a musician!” Not.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. I could see the musical notes on a dress for a 12 year old, but it seems silly on a grown woman. The fabric looks cheap.

      • Rosetta Stoned says:

        Yeah this looks like something my mom would’ve sewn together for my little sister’s show choir recital in middle school. Mom made all our Easter and recital dresses, and she definitely would have kept music note fabric in her stash. Never know when Great Aunt Margaret will need a new cover for her piano bench!

  27. Tiffany :) says:

    It seems I am in the minority, but I think this dress is pretty ugly. It looks a little twee to me, with the musical notes. Maybe it would have worked on Ariana Grande? But I dont like the layers, either. The layers of sheer look messy, the bra top looks matronly and the short skirt under everything just looks awful to me. The fabric looks incredibly cheap, IMO.

  28. Nene says:

    Amber Rose is a very pretty woman. Even with her curvy body( no euphemism here), shaved hair and slightly fuller face. Only very few people can pull off her look.
    She is one of the ‘naturally’ beautiful female celebs.
    Katy always look tacky.
    Her make-up is always perfect albeit too heavy.
    The dress isn’t flattering on her.
    And am tired of the hand-hip posture on just about every female celeb.

    The lady with red hair and clutch is truly a ‘fashionista’. She should have worn red shoes and lipstick to complete the look.#rolls eyes.

  29. GIRLFACE says:

    KPs dress is vomtastic

  30. Stephanie says:

    Katy’s face looks amazing. Chrissy killed it. Good job, girls!

  31. joan says:

    I liked Katie Perry’s dress for the Grammys. Not anything else, but the Grammys have such outrageously awful clothes, this is whimsical and musical, so I like it. Chrissy Teigen’s dress knocks me out.

    BTW, Katie’s dress on the runway [it’s couture] looked much worse on the model than it does on her. Surprising.

    As for Maureen, you got caught making the kind of snarky, mean comment that is so cliche on internet sites, and when you got called on it you tried to weasel out of it. But you said what you said the way you said it, and it’s tiresome.

    Don’t people ever get tired of being negative about someone they’ve never met, will never meet, & could never hope to be as accomplished as? I picture someone who looks like Lena Dunham hunched over her computer venting her frustrations over being a nobody.