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JENNIFER LOPEZ, 2013
Compared to most famous Grammys gown ever, this one-sleeve, slit-to-the-hip Anthony Vaccarello design is positively prudish. Which is to say it shows nearly half her skin, not nearly all of it.
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FLORENCE WELCH, 2013
Last year was the first time we threw around the phrase “dino-chic,” which is the only way to describe the singer’s custom sequined Givenchy gown with reptilian spikes on the bodice and sleeves. She went all in on green, adding a clutch and sandals in the same shade.
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NICKI MINAJ, 2012
Two years have passed since the singer walked the carpet in this confounding look (Little Red Riding Hood? A nun on a date with the Pope?), and we still make a face like this whenever we see a photo of it.
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Keep in mind that this was before everyone and their mother was doing the sheer thing. trail-blazed the trend with a hot-orange lace Jean Paul Gaultier creation that showed off her high-waisted black briefs and matching bra.
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If you considered dressing up as on Oct. 31 of this year with the help of a few bags of cotton balls, you’re not alone. The off-the-shoulder, navel-baring Jean Paul Gaultier gown just begged to be Hallo-memed.
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KATY PERRY, 2011
You don’t have to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel to wear a sparkly bra and white wings. breaks out the combo and adds a shimmery tiered Giorgio Armani skirt and metallic heels.
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LADY GAGA, 2011
Now that’s how you make an entrance! got noticed again, this time for slipping not-so-subtly into the awards inside an egg-like vessel, which kept her “incubated” until her performance of “Born This Way.”
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CEE LO GREEN, 2011
Jim Henson Company puppets – who performed with Green and pal – were likely the inspiration for this feather-filled getup, which was protected with armor.
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LADY GAGA, 2010
collaborated with Giorgio Armani on all of her looks for the evening, the standout being a celestial-inspired Armani Privé creation with towering heels.
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The guys of Coldplay didn’t look quite ready to rule the world when they arrived at the Grammys in kind-of-sort-of-not-really coordinated jackets.
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KATY PERRY, 2009
Before she discovered cupcakes and candy, was all about fresh produce, wearing this strawberry-and-banana-covered confection while singing “I Kissed a Girl.”
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Then very pregnant (with her first son), M.I.A. showed off her bump in a bikini and mesh House of Holland number, worn with the singer’s red carpet staple: high-top kicks.
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IMOGEN HEAP, 2007
The nominee sprung to life in a nature-themed costume – which included a potted plant in her hair and a frog in hand – designed by a fan who contacted her on MySpace.
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OK GO, 2007
The bawdy bandmates were anything but wallflowers in their wallpaper-inspired suits.
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SLY STONE, 2006
The Sly and the Family Stone frontman hadn’t performed live since 1987, and made a memorable return to the stage in a futuristic silver jacket and a major Mohawk.
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KANYE WEST, 2006
had a bit of misguided disco fever, pairing his wide-open shirt with a white blazer and gold medallion.
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With her Confessions on a Dance Floor album topping the charts, got the crowd going – not hard when you’re wearing a revealing lavender leotard and matching corset.
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JAMES BROWN, 2005
In one of his colorful, signature suits, the Godfather of Soul gave his last Grammy performance one year before he passed away.
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JACK WHITE & LORETTA LYNN, 2005
Talk about an odd couple! The White Stripes rocker and country queen made separate fashion statements shortly after he’d produced and performed on her Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose.
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MELISSA ETHERIDGE, 2005
It wasn’t Etheridge’s outfit that set tongues wagging, it was her bravery. The singer bared her bald head (she was battling breast cancer) as she sang “Piece of My Heart.”
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R. KELLY, 2004
The controversial hip-hop star didn’t really help his then-shaky image when he showed up to the Grammys in a mysterious (and slightly creepy) mask.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA, 2004
For her umpteenth style transformation, Aguilera channeled a 1920s-era flapper, complete with retro black curls, a slinky silhouette and over-the-top jewels.
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FOXY BROWN, 2003
The rapper hit the red carpet in a barely there blue dress (if that’s what you can call this strip of fabric), an aquamarine bra and a fur coat – you know, just in case she got chilly.
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ALICIA KEYS, 2002
gauzy pants, tank and wrap weren’t the craziest part of her look; the singer’s eyes were adorned with tons of false lashes, lots of liner and even rhinestones.
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LIL' KIM, 2002
Kim’s funky fashion sense struck again when the pint-size star revved engines in a red-leather racing outfit, complete with a crop top and designer helmet.
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Stretching the limits of “black tie,” the “Lady Marmalade” picked one-legged pants, a collared bra and a little black neckpiece.
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SHERYL CROW, 2002
What was singing about in “My Favorite Mistake”? Perhaps this Grammys outfit, which showcased her rockin’ bod but was a major fashion flop.
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'N SYNC, 2001
We’re glad the boy banders said “Bye Bye Bye” to those loud, unsexy, ill-fitting suits after the show.
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA, 2001
officially left her wholesome Mickey Mouse Club roots behind when she arrived at the Grammys in a super-revealing red dress and funky braids.
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TONI BRAXTON, 2001
Braxton earned best female R&B vocal performance honors, thanks to her abundance of great singing material. It was dress material, however, that she was lacking.
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DESTINY'S CHILD, 2001
Taking a cue from TLC, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams were at their color-coordinated best in gowns designed by B’s mom Tina Knowles.
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MISSY ELLIOT, 2000
Looking sharp, Missy! The rapper perked up her purple pantsuit with razors (yes, really!) in an outfit that surely set off metal detectors.
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He didn’t wear a thong-tha-thong-thong-thong, but Sisqo didn’t disappoint when he highlighted his fab abs and tummy tattoos in lots of red leather.
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BRITNEY SPEARS, 2000
Va-va-voom! Not to be outdone by J.Lo, cut a fine figure in a curve-hugging white gown and matching fur stole.
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JENNIFER LOPEZ, 2000
It was the dress that dropped a thousand jaws – and then some. famously left nothing to the imagination in a sheer down-to-there Versace dress that people still talk about.
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Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi let their polar-opposite personalities shine through by donning two very different (and very interesting) outfits.
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SHANIA TWAIN, 1999
Twain proved she was feeling like a woman when she wore a sexy, skintight bustier, miniskirt, black boots and gloves.
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LIL' KIM, 1998
You know that recurring dream where you suddenly realize you have no pants on? It actually happened to this hip-hop diva, who showed up in black beaded panties, sparkling tights and a sheer, floor-length shawl.
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GWEN STEFANI, 1998
Never one to follow existing beauty fads, No Doubt’s arrived at the awards show with tight blonde braids and a traditional South Asian bindi.
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Long before Destiny’s Child, TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins set off the matchy-matchy girl group trend – though we’re not totally sure we’d call this look CrazySexyCool.
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MARY J. BLIGE, 1996
Blige’s head-to-toe leopard-print getup was so loud and bright that the R&B diva couldn’t even remove her sunglasses.
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ANNIE LENNOX, 1995
Once again, Lennox caught eyes with her fashion choices, this time thanks to a Minnie Mouse-meets-pleather-princess look – complete with ears.
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CéLINE DION, 1993
No modest mama here! left little to the imagination at the show, where she picked up the best pop performance by a duo or group award for “Beauty and the Beast” in a see-through netted black number with a matching thong.
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SINéAD O'CONNOR, 1989
Before she made headlines with her quickie wedding, O’Connor commanded attention with looks like this – a sports bra, ripped jeans and a painted, shaved head.
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PAULA ABDUL, 1989
Was she running late to the prom? made sure to wrap all the ’80s musts – sequins, high hair, pink makeup and ruffles galore – into her dress.
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DEBBIE GIBSON, 1988
The teen queen was the picture of mall-hopping madness when she arrived in a patterned black-and-pink dress, superhigh pony and big white overcoat.
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REBA MCENTIRE, 1986
A 31-year-old McEntire – who scored best country vocal performance honors – went all-out on the fringe and texture, looking every bit the part of a country crooner.
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WHITNEY HOUSTON, 1986
Lest anyone forget it was the ’80s, Houston reminded the world with her big hair, poufy shoulders and overdose of ruffles.
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CHAKA KHAN, 1985
Let it shine! Khan took the stage to perform “I Feel You” in a glimmering snakeskin tunic and knee-high black boots – with hair to spare.
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THE JUDDS, 1985
Naomi and daughter Wynonna proved that funky fashions (along with serious singing chops) run in the family when they picked up the award for best country performance by a duo or group.
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ANNIE LENNOX, 1984
Before dressed as a dude for the 2011 VMAs, the Eurythmics singer (with bandmate David A. Stewart) sported menswear and started the gender-bending trend.
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MICHAEL JACKSON, 1984
The bedazzled glove that launched a fashion craze and became the star’s symbol was first spotted at the Grammys, where Jackson broke a record – nabbing a then-unheard-of eight awards.
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CYNDI LAUPER, 1984
This girl definitely just wanted to have fun, wearing a pineapple-patterned dress, fruit-filled necklace and endless accessories – not to mention some eccentric eyeliner.
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GRACE JONES, 1983
While presenting an award, the model-singer had a wardrobe malfunction – she kept (accidentally) hitting co-presenter Rick James with her unwieldy ensemble.
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DOLLY PARTON, 1977
If Barbie were a country star, she’d look like Parton, who paired a second-skin, crystal-covered, pink-and-white suit with sky-high hair, a scrunchie and loads of makeup.
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JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO, 1975
If the couple was trying to draw attention away from Ono’s burgeoning baby bump (she was pregnant with Sean), they succeeded, thanks to her boa and Lennon’s velvet suit, which included a button with his pseudonym, Dr. Winston O. Boogie, and an Elvis pin.