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The Grammy Awards are known for two things: music and fashion. Over the years, singers, rappers, and bands have made legendary fashion statements on the red carpet, making headlines for months or even years. Some artists’ styles should definitely be left in the past, while others have made fashion history with iconic looks we live for to this day. Let’s take a look back and reminisce over some of the best in Grammys fashion.
Once upon a time, Britney Spears was a teenage pop darling with chart topping songs and a squeaky clean image. In 2000, the pop queen channeled Marilyn Monroe and stunned the red carpet in a simple, but sultry white dress with a furry boa. While Britney left the award show empty handed, she has given us a lifetime of hit songs. Go Britney!
Long before Lady Gaga and Kanye West, there was the amazonian, cross-dressing Grace Jones and bad boy of funk, Rick James. At the 1983 Grammys, the funk singer wore a shiny long-sleeve top with beige jogger type pants (gotta love it), while the eccentric pop diva wore a dress made of vinyl-type material and matching hat. Can we say FUCKING SLAY? Give it up one time to both of them for bringing us early 80s Grammys fashion awesome. While Rick James is no longer with us, Grace Jones is alive and kicking and still a fashion influence for such stars as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.
For the 90s fans, here’s a look at Aerosmith at the 1995 Grammys. The pleather pants, low-cut tank tops, vests, and wild hair all leads to the perfect combination of 80s and 90s Grammys fashion. Joe Perry (second to the left) is the only man who can get away with hearts on a vest, and Steven Tyler–I mean Steven Tyler—just look at that perfectly quaffed hair.
Since we’re on the subject of rock bands, let’s take a look back at U2’s European-rocker chic style from 1988. What a perfect blend of business and casual wear! Bringing us late 80s realness, who knew more than 25 years later, people would wear the same outfits and be labeled hipsters? I know I didn’t!
As the highest selling female rapper in the past decade, you know Nicki Minaj couldn’t attend the Grammys without mixing high fashion with slightly crazy. Sporting blonde hair and a red Versace gown with an attached hood, the Queen rapper walked the 2012 Grammys Red Carpet with…the Pope? Well, not the actual Pope, but she did walk down the red carpet with a guy who was dressed like him. What message was she sending? We don’t know, but we do know since then her career has been blessed! Yes!
Two years before Nicki Minaj donned her red Versace dress, Lady Gaga took a very artistic risk (as she always does) on the red carpet. For the 2010 Grammy awards, she channeled the Jetsons and arrived on the red carpet in a lavender, sparkling dress with silver star accent. A simple, yet dynamic fashion moment, this dress has become one of Lady Gaga’s most iconic outfits. What’s even more exciting about this outfit is it didn’t go to waste. That night, Gaga took home two awards for “Best Dance Recording” and “Best Electronic/Dance Album”
With so much focus on her voice, as well as her personal life, it’s fair to say that sometimes people forget how much of a classic beauty Toni Braxton is. To truly appreciate how gorgeous she is take a look back at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2001, Ms. Braxton showed more legs and curves than a Playboy centerfold, leaving little to the imagination. Braxton strutted across the red carpet and across the stage as she won the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song He Wasn’t Man Enough For Me.
Toni, judging by that body, no man is man enough for you!
A year before Toni Braxton donned her curves on the red carpet, and well before Kim K “broke” the internet, there was the now infamous JLo dress. In the beginning of the new millennium, Jennifer Lopez shocked the world when she walked the red carpet in a very low-cut green Versace dress, leaving barely anything to the imagination. Viewers were glued in awe (or maybe waiting for a nip-slip) to their television. While JLo managed to go throughout the night nip-slip-free, the gown has become one of the most iconic dresses in red carpet history and has even been in numerous museums including The Grammy Museum.
TLC might have had issues of mismanagement, burning down houses, and bankruptcy, but that hasn’t stopped them from being the biggest selling American girl group of all time. Back in 1996, TLC took home two Grammy awards, including Best R&B Album while sporting some all white, feminine, yet strong, suits. Even though CrazySexyCool was the album that brought TLC worldwide success, they did take the time after the Grammys to tell the public of their recent financial troubles. It was a short downhill for TLC, as they continued their success with the release of their 1999 album FanMail, which paved the way for girl groups for years to come.
For a woman who’s career spans six decades, we couldn’t talk about Grammys fashion without mentioning Cher. During the 1974 awards show, Cher arrived in a silk dress, revealing her one strap bra along with a green and pink crystal necklace and matching hair piece. With her flowing hair and bold fashion choices, Cher continues to make headlines.
In the early 80s, Tina Turner reemerged onto the music scene with a new image and new-found independence after leaving Ike Turner. In 1985, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll left the award show with three Grammys including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for What’s Love Got To Do With It wearing a fabulous black and silver sequined gown, her signature 80s hair, and bright red lipstick. At the same time, Lionel Richie won four Grammys while wearing a classic tuxedo with his signature jheri curls.
The voice, the diva, the most awarded female vocalist of all time: Ms. Whitney Houston. The world’s most beloved diva started racking up her long list of awards in 1985, when she won her first Grammy for Saving All My Love. During the award show, she graced the stage wearing a red fitted dress with poofy sleeves and hair only an 80s diva in can rock. Whitney went on to win numerous awards and sell millions of records in her career. While she is no longer with us, he voice and style still influence the music industry to this day.
The King of Pop has influenced both music and music video, but Michael Jackson was also a fashion icon. At the 1984 Grammys, while winning eight awards, Michael rocked a pair of aviator sunglasses, a navy blue sequined jacket, and his signature glitter glove. Oh yeah, Michael was and still is the man who can get away with this. While many have imitated his musical styles, many others have(sometimes unintentionally) imitated his fashion, which I don’t blame, I mean he is only the most successful entertainer of all time.