Fashion of the Grammys: the best & worst dressed


The Grammys are always and forever one of my least favorite awards shows. Maybe it’s because I don’t really think the Grammys mean anything, and because the fashion generally blows. Most of the bigger names in the room either wear something too boring, or try too hard to look cool and trendy. Speaking of, Lady Gaga (above) was actually wearing Armani, and Mr. Armani actually released a statement about her crazy outfit: “We hear Lady Gaga’s music everywhere we go. It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon. I am delighted to be creating these outfits on such an important night for her, the Grammys, and I wish her the best of luck.” As for Gaga, she told Us Weekly: “I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening. The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team.” Oh, Gaga. You so crazy, girl. Look at her damn shoes!

Anyway, most of these girls aren’t dressed well. There is no “Best Dressed” winner, only a parade of losers and meh’s. Here’s one… I hated was Rihanna’s dress. I don’t get this. It’s not high-fashion, it’s just dumb, in my opinion:


Nicole Kidman is going to vaporize us with her laser eyes. And the dress? Matronly (that’s the word CB used, and I agree) but it’s honestly not terrible. Just kind of boring. It would have been nice if she had worn a cute, young cocktail dress rather than dressing up as if she was the First Lady of the Grand Ole Opry.


Taylor Swift’s dress was cute enough, I guess, but once again, I wish she would have gone younger. She’s only 20 years old! She doesn’t have to wear a formal evening gown to the Grammys! The color is pretty, and the fit is great, though. I wish she would do something different with her hair:


Jennifer Hudson wore the same Victoria Beckham-designed dress that Blake Lively wore several months ago. Bad choice, for many reasons. I think Jennifer is a beautiful girl, but she needs to get her style act together. And her hair was atrocious! Those thick bangs and the too-tight ponytail. Ghastly.


This was Beyonce’s look for the red carpet arrivals, but she changed several times during the show. I don’t care for this dress:


Katy Perry. Ugh, fug. CB pointed out that in other photos, Katy had “Lohan-level side-boob”. It’s just a terrible dress. And once again, do something different with you hair.


After Pink’s Grammy performance, I’m just going to be happy whenever I see her fully clothed from now on.


Go ahead, call me crazy. But I thought Fergie was one of the most appropriately and best-dressed women there. And I liked her hair and makeup too. She was one of the few who actually looked like she was at the Grammys and not at a drag-queen prom.


I don’t pretend to get Carrie Underwood in any way, shape or form. But I didn’t hate her look last night. The dress was… interesting, and her hair is so, so much better.


Jennifer Lopez could teach a course in trying too hard. This dress was so dumb and unflattering:

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room

I’m sure I missed a few of the most egregious offenders, and if that’s the case, I’ll update. Thoughts? Disagreements? Wasn’t Grammy night boring?

UPDATE: Dammit! I forgot Britney Spears. She was there too, looking like the wrath of God with her budget weave and her unfortunate outfit. Here she is:

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arrivals

Grammy fashions, credit: WENN.

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  1. bros says:

    I actually like Rihannas-high concept bridal. I think its flattering too.
    carrie underwoods hair looks like a dallas soccer mom’s or a 70′s Prell commercial and is out of sync with her dress which is all avant guard asymmetrical. beyonce, is, as always, a hot mess in another too tight mermaid shape dress. Taylor’s dress was lovely, but I am definitely over her stupid highschool prom hair. would have liked pink’s dress on someone else, but it is too feminine for her and the dress is definitely wearing her instead of the other way around. she should go for more edgy stuff. fergie was spot on, and gaga always brings it.

  2. Kathie says:

    Lol! Really? Every time I read one of these “Fashion Reviews” or watch Fashion Police on TV it reminds me of myself when I watch gymnastics on the Olympic programming..I am always saying “Oh they didn’t do this move right” or “Oops didn’t stick the landing”! The truth is no one calls me or shows up at my door to ask my opinion on gymnasts and most fashion reviews are done by people who have never been photographed on the red carpet, designed a dress or styled a “look” imho some of these are HORRIBLE dresses but again…just my opinion…everybody has one.

  3. LolaBella says:

    I liked Rihanna’s dress. Was it appropriate for the Grammys? No, it was too couture.

    I do however, like it as a wedding dress
    *Puts Rihanna’s dress on the list of my potential wedding dresses*

    I liked Lady GaGa’s Armani created sparkly-stratosphere dress.

    My absolute favorite of the night was Lea Michelle from Glee; she was wearing a cute, flirty, black (navy?) dress that was perfect for the Grammys and she looked fabulous in it.

  4. whatever says:

    is this a warning britney is giving us? are her crazy ways coming back?? dun dun dun

    and yeah Fergie was looking better that the rest.

    BTW Lady Gaga is annoying me would it really kill her to wear something normal

    I agree Lea Michelle was looking gorgous and as for pink her dress reminds me of fish scales

  5. dee says:

    Those dresses are awful. I wonder if the designers secretly laugh at the celebs wearing that stuff. You couldnt pay me to wear that crap.

  6. Jessica says:

    Gaga is looking rather Amy Winehousy in that header pic!!

  7. kermit says:

    Who are you Lady Gaga? Dress is interesting but you are becoming a girl at a costume ball. At some point, consider revealing your real self when off-stage.

    Britney. Once upon a time at major award shows you performed in an opening costume like that before stripping down. Maybe it’s your way of getting attention and having people talk about you. They aren’t doing it in a complementary way, though.

  8. Jillian says:

    Brit’s is the worst by far.

  9. Akasha says:

    What’s up with Nicole’s breast in that photo up there?

  10. Lauren says:

    I actually thought Britney looked great from the head up. I love Fergies dress as well. I kind of like Pinks dress. Her performance was great last night.

  11. danielle says:

    Grammy fashion is ususally a disaster. Are we at a formal event or a rock event? No one knows. Makes it fun tho.

  12. Constance says:

    Rhi’s wedding dress is wonderful. Instead of the frill add swan down! squeee!

  13. Akasha says:

    Oh my!! Am I seeing things right? Is the wig that Lady Gaga wearing actually the hood of her dress???? Is it all just one piece?????

  14. LolaBella says:

    That side-boob shot of Nicole Kidman is NOT helping to dispel the rumors that she got breast implants. That does not have the look of a natural breast, IMHO.

  15. Sumodo says:

    Swifty needs a new hairdo, but the dress was divine. The cut was razor sharp, and you should see the back, where it criss-crossed over her scapulas. Beautiful.

  16. Lady Nightshade says:

    Kidman looks evil in every single picture I’ve seen of her in the last 2 years…seriously

  17. bo says:

    “Jennifer Lopez should teach a course in trying too hard.”

    TRUTH. Not only in fashion. If I hear one more song about how real she is I’m going to hork.

  18. elisa says:

    I actually really liked Jennifer Hudson’s dress, I think it suits her. Her hair fits the dress, it’s very geometric. I also really like Pink’s dress, and Rihanna’s too.

    You didn’t put Mya’s or Lea Michele’s dresses – they were my faves. Keri Hilson worked the mermaid look as well, even though I’m not usually a fan of that. but look up Mya and Lea Michele, they were gorgeous!

  19. lucy2 says:

    Yuck overload. Lea Michele’s was cute, and Taylor’s is alright but too old and formal for her.
    No matter how pretty the dress, Carrie Underwood always looks like she should have a beauty pageant sash around her.
    Most of them just look like a mess.

  20. Leek says:

    I just really dislike when they wear gowns to the Grammys. They are musicians and rock stars. Dress fun dammit!

    Britney is such a revolting slob anymore. She tortures my gag reflex every time I accidentally look at her.

  21. Trillion says:

    Gaga: How much fun must it be to be THE Muse of haute couture? So glad it’s her and not some boring, talentless bimbo.

  22. Cheyenne says:

    Taylor Swift’s dress was the best of the night.

    Lady Gaga: Tinkerbell in outer space.

    JLo: 40 going on 17. Who is she kidding?

    Rihanna: Redi-Whip explosion.

    Britney Spears: Stuffed kielbasa wrapped in the bedroom curtains.

  23. ien says:

    i always disagree with you when you do fashion posts.
    rihannas dress was so gorgeous, it doesn’t look as amazing in pictures but it was stunning on camera, it was surely beautiful in person.
    i hated everything beyonce wore.
    carrie underwears dress was ugly and shapeless, and her hair was so bad, like others said, she looks like a pageant queen.
    loved pinks dress, and i wouldve liked jhuds had she gone up a size, it was too tight, and that clip-on bang was awful.

    lea michele looked so so gorgeous.

  24. nana says:

    kathy perry looks like washed band-aid.
    beyonce looks like bathroom towel.
    fergie looks best but again her face is too white for the rest of her skin.
    gaga and britney – i would be surprised if they failed to surprise me.

  25. pumak says:

    gaga: is trying to distract us from how much ugly she is. but we see it every time.
    pink: is not trying to distract us from how much ugly she is. but we see it every time.
    britney: …we see it every time brit. hide it for once

  26. snapdragon says:

    the good:
    rhiannon – interesting & daring. she reminds me of a flower in this dress.
    carrie underwood-i like that art deco style neckline.
    fergie – great, if she put a bag over her jacked up face.
    nicole kidman – if the top fit her better. what’s going on with the side boob?

    the bad:
    jennifer hudson – why does this girl dress in such a joyless way? she’s young& pretty – why the drab outfits?
    pink- she always looks like a transvestite to me when she dresses up. which is fine…if you are actually a transvestite.
    katy perry- is she wearing my grandma’s curtains?

    the ugly:
    j.lo – she must have really pissed off her stylist.
    britney: did she get ready in a phonebooth? while drunk?
    beyonce – no. just…no.

  27. d says:

    Loved Gaga’s, Rhianna’s, and Hudson’s dresses. Awesome (Gaga) and beautiful. The rest: meh, or in Britney’s and Jennifer Lopez’s case: SAD. Britney’s time is so done and over, I don’t know why she even bothers.

  28. Anna says:

    I am in LOVE with Gaga’s dress. The shoes, the head/wig part and the too-pink lipstick aren’t doing it for me, but the dress itself is marvellous. I’d totally wear that out if I had the figure for it :)

  29. wow says:

    I want to be Brit Brit’s best girl friend so I can style her before she leaves the house for these awards shows, or just before she leaves her house, period. SMH @ her dress.

  30. nana says:

    taylor’s dress by the way is very very flat. you should have posted Ciara too- very confusing. carrie is boring for me.. as always. brit will never be britney spears if she’s the best dressed in red carpet.

  31. sickofit says:

    well money cant buy you taste thats sure for brits taste in clothes. and whats with her boyfriend/manager? he sure looks worlds better that kfat. but why didnt he save her from that dress?
    jennifer hudson is my favorite, but please try another colour…

  32. Linda says:

    I was bored with the Grammies too and fell asleep. They’re not like they used to be when the Stones showed up and stoners.

  33. nana says:

    i think hudson wear black because shes still grieving

  34. marie says:

    Who cares what Pink was wearing. That performance could have been done in a burlap bag and still would have been beautiful.

  35. Seer says:

    Taylor Swift looks dazzling. I liked the color and style of the dress, her jewelry, the hairstyle, and even her make-up. Even with all of this in her favor, I found her excessive thinness distracting. Why is it that so many celebrities want to look like underdeveloped twelve year-olds, instead of healthy and curvaceous women? One time, I asked someone I know if men found skinny women like this attractive, and he said that you don’t see women like this in Playboy. They always choose women who are curvaceous. I think he made a very interesting point.

    When I saw Jennifer Hudson’s outfit, I thought it made her look like a stewardess from Space Odyssey 2010. That outfit didn’t flatter at all. Twenty years from now when she looks at the outfits she wore, she’ll probably say, “OMG, Did I wear THAT….in public????!!”

    Why is it that some people like Lady GaGa and Rihanna want to look like birds? Rihanna’s hairstyle looks like she was stuck in a wind tunnel.

    Britney Spears is wearing another dress she should donate to Haiti.

  36. Lem says:

    W. T. F. is that first thing ???????????????

  37. fizXgirl314 says:

    How does lady gaga walk? I mean SERIOUSLY… I am sitting here scratching my head trying to figure it out.

  38. Ally says:

    I think Jennifer Hudson looks terrific. She seems in great shape, and the dress plays up her hourglass figure.

    As to the others, everyone’s trying to look edgy in floor-length gowns, which is a contradiction in terms. Anyway, long formal gowns always seem daft at the Grammies — as if everyone just wants to wear a big fancy dress, even though they’re all famous for dancing around in panties the rest of the year.

  39. Jules says:

    Katy Perry needs a bra.

    Britney Spears needs a stylist.

    Jennifer Lopez needs to stop thinking she’s 21.

  40. daisyfly says:

    GaGa looked like Glinda the Good Witch’s son in drag.

    Beyonce tore some pages out of a geometry textbook and had her mom sew on some shoulder pads to make a dress.

    WTF were all the pants? Did they run away or something?

    JLo’s face looks like a roman shade pulled up way waaaay too tight.

  41. Jennifer Hudson wasn’t so bad. Jennifer Lopez, though…*sigh* She needs a reality check.

  42. Gigohead says:

    Wow. Britney..Talk about the Emperor has no clothes!

    I agree with Kaiser. The Grammy’s are a fashion disaster.

  43. GatsbyGal says:

    Fergie’s dress looks so trashy. Maybe if it were a darker blue?

  44. ccoop says:

    I liked Rihanna’s dress although it did not belong at the Grammys. But it would look great at the Oscars.

    Nicole’s dress and boobage issues are heinous. Black just does not flatter her.

    WTF is JLo wearing?!

  45. moo says:

    Where did GaGa find that TREE TOPPER!!!??? I want one………

  46. ItsComeToThis says:

    Lainey and Gofugyourself agree and I agree that JHud did the damn thing this time. Go up a size for what, so that she could be in a loose sack? Beyonce also looks great.

    Jen, I agree with you. I really think this site should stick to critiquing caucasian bodies and fashion, because I just never understand Miss Kaiser’s fashion reviews. Especially when it comes to the Black actresses. JHud’s dress was “a bad choice for the obvious?” What’s the obvious? Spell it out, because it is not obvious to me.

    Have you seen Jennifer’s past dress choices? This suits her physique to a T. Beautiful slimming effect, while the tall heels lengthen her legs. Snug enough at the waist without squeezing. Like I always say, dress for your body type, not for what is the ‘it look’ of the day. I do not want JHUD in a Lea Michelle type dress.

    If Beyonce’s shoulders did not balance out her hips she would be accused of having a pear shape etc. Her round hips are balanced out by nice shoulders and a slim waist.

    YET, Fergie is your favorite? Um. okay. That too tight, too short Star Trek dress.

  47. Mairead says:

    I adore GaGa’s outfit! :D

    Rhianna’s dress is very lovely, but far too fussy for the Grammy’s, another commenter was right, it’s too couture. If it was shorter or didn’t have the mini train, it would be perfect.

    Best dress out of the lot above is definitely Fergie. Normally I think it should be either strapless or mini as both usually looks trashy – but the dress is interesting enough to really work. And it’s a glorious colour.

    JHud’s dress would suit her better if it was just below knee-length methinks. I don’t mind JLo’s outfit – although I think it would look better on someone else.

    I like Carrie Underwood’s dress – but the hair does not suit it at all. Lucy2 was right, it’s veering on the side of beauty pagent. ick!

  48. ItsComeToThis says:

    JHUD is not attending a church service or a cocktail. The length of her dress is fine. To go by the logic on this site and in Hollywood, the only people who should wear short skirts are those who can give birth to an entire country without having to spread their thighs.

    My mum stares in amazement whenever she visits NYC. She says, “But, but, their legs are so far apart.” “Is that fashionable?” she dubiously questions. I reply, “Any thing bigger than that is called Thunder Thighs, mum and should be covered by long peasant skirts.”

    JHUD is wearing tights and not offending anyone.

  49. Solveig says:

    Call me nuts by I love GaGa outfits, this one in particular. At least she doesn’t take herself too seriously and she knows that she’s wearing costumes. I can’t say the same thing about Rihanna…
    Nicole is way too serious for the Grammies and Fergie is… mh, is gross as usual.

  50. Mark says:

    Ugh, Pink. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

  51. lucy2 says:

    Britney looks like a grandma in her slip who forgot her dress. It’s just…weird.
    Beyonce…never have I seen such a pretty woman consistently wear such ugly clothes.
    The skirt of Rihanna’s is pretty, but all that fluff n stuff around the neck just makes me feel itchy.

  52. Dhavy says:

    Is it me or Lady Gaga looks like a blonde version of Amy Winehouse?

    Fergie’s dress looks like a short prom dress and she should go back to being blonde, she kinda looks like a man

    Beyonce-yuck, her mom should give it up already

    Underwood-blah she looks 40, maybe she should switch dresses with JLo

  53. Camille says:

    I loved Pinks dress and I thought she rocked it and looked pretty and feminine in it.

    Everyone else either looked ‘meh’ or fug- Britney Spears being the worst offender IMO. (It must have taken a massive team of people to get her to look even half way decent, as normally she is not even half as nicely’ish groomed- I’ll give her that last night).

    I’m also happy that other people thought that Carrie U looked a tad ‘pagenty’. Yuck.

  54. Jag says:

    Lady Gaga’s outfit is amazing. I love it. lol

  55. Ana says:

    Lolabella- I totally agree with you about the side boob! They shouldn’t jut out that much, IMO.
    I liked Lady Gaga’s outfit except for the hair. Was her wig attached to the outfit.

    I liked Taylor’s dress the best, but I think she is a little too young for it. Beyonce looks so gross to me. All the time. She’s trying really hard to be edgy and follow into the footsteps of Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

  56. mags says:

    <3 lady gaga, she can no wrong in my book and i’ll fight you if you say otherwise (just kidding, maybe i’ll challenge you to a dance off tho),
    i actually really liked Jennifer hudson’s dress, but i agree her hair didn’t bring it together as much as i would have liked. a sassy asymmetrical bob would’ve done the trick in my book.
    and rihanna’s dress isn’t bad, but the ruffles in the middle are too much, if it had a plunging neckline to elgonate her neck and torso i think it would have been less stumpifying (yes i think i made that word up)
    anyway, GAGA ForEVER, lol yes totes blinded by her FABulousness

  57. andrea says:

    i always disagree with this site’s fashion posts too, but the grammys were too boring to even get into it, except to say this: to mine eyes, what gaga wears is not “fashion”. it’s costume. there’s a difference. it’s interesting and statement-making and all of that, sure, but as *costume*, not fashion. she has created a character for herself and her getups are the costumes. that’s sort of a realm of performance art, i guess, and it plays into fashion in some ways, but it’s not fashion dammit, its COSTUME.

  58. Flac says:

    I dis-agree with whoever wrote this..YOU HAVE NO FASHION SENSE WHATSOEVER, your aboring person, that doesn’t know how to live life. Gaga is amazing, she’s unique, and that’s why everyone else loves her. If you think Fergie was bst dressed you REALLY have problems.

  59. gg says:

    Fergie’s dress looks idiotic to me.

    I actually think Carrie Underwood looks the best.

    Re those overcopied Roland Mouret galaxy dresses — is anybody else sick and tired of seeing everybody in the exact same dress “designed” (not) by VB? They all assume it makes them look skinny, but they usually just look too tight. And contrived.

  60. Katie says:

    there are so many beautiful pictures and dresses. I love it!