The fashion choices, coincidentally or not, reflected that: Colors were more subdued and there were quite a few women wearing black.
But the fancy dressers didn’t completely abandon their tendency to weird it up a bit for the Grammys, a ceremony that tends to allow for much more freaky-deakiness than the Oscars or the Golden Globes.
Here are Celebritology’s picks for the best, worst and most oddly dressed at this year’s Grammys.
The best dressed
The it-lady at this year’s Grammys could not have looked more glamorous. The best response to unflattering comments by Karl Lagerfeld? Showing up at the music industry’s biggest night looking undeniably fabulous.
The hair may have been a bit too tossled for some tastes, but the whole package — which included a simple, sexy and revealing Armani number — was a stunner.
Rowland went for something soft and feminine, and walked the red carpet with a definite glow.
She was one of the few who successfully pulled off wearing white at the Grammys. (See below for examples of people who did not pull it off.)
In this Thom Browne suit, Mars is doing his usual doo-wops-and-hooligans routine. But it looked especially sharp tonight.
The worst dressed
Underwear and a floor-length doily. That’s the only description for this.
She did not make white look nearly as good as Underwood did. This looked more like a bridesmaids dress yanked from the back of a closet circa 1991.
Oh, Robyn, why such a short skirt? And why the distracting moon boots/Doc Martens?
Is that Bruno Mars? That chick from Karmin? No, it’s Alicia Keys!
This looked like an ensemble that one might wear to a homecoming dance (possibly on a “Friday” night?). Of course, that’s sort of appropriate given Black’s age. But the pearls and the shoes made this ensemble mismatched in addition to too prommy.
The Grammy oddball hall of famers
A woman currently in a battle with Lady Gaga for Reigning Pop Music Queen of Weird, Minaj upped the ante by wearing a Red Riding Hood-esque ensemble and walking the red carpet with the pope — or rather, a guy dressed as him. Well played, Superbassist.
This Russian musical artist did something I did not think possible: She wore a dress that looked like a scene from “Planet Terror.”
A textbook example of the dangers that ensue when bright colors and unnecessary fringe collides.
The electronica artist may have turned heads with the big mouse head. But it was his T-shirt — which featured the cellphone number of his fellow Grammy nominee Skrillex — that was the key, weird joke of this ensemble.
New-age artist Zamora to Minaj: “You’re bringing the pope? Fine. I’m coming dressed as a king.”
And Katy Perry, in a category of her own
The dress was beautiful. The hair was blue, swept back and a little weird with the gown. Leave it to Katy Perry — should this go under best because the dress was so lovely? Weird because of the hair? Bad because the two things didn’t go together? — to defy obvious categorization.
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