What This Year's Nominees Wore to Their First-Ever Grammys

The sequins! The silliness! And oh, the memories. Let's look back on the first time these celebs attended music's biggest night

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ADELE, 2009

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She said "Hello" to the Grammys in a belted black dress, chartreuse coat and the early version of her now-iconic cat eye.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD, 2007

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She made her Grammys debut 10 years ago, but not much has changed in a decade for the country superstar: She still loves big blonde curls, a shimmery dress and lots of bling.

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RIHANNA, 2007

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It may feel like “Umbrella” has been part of your life forever, but just 10 years ago, Rih was a relative newcomer – though she was already working the red carpet like a pro.

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ARIANA GRANDE, 2011

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She's nominated this year for "Dangerous Woman," but in 2011, Ariana was just a fresh-faced, red-haired, not-dangerous-at-all 17-year-old girl.

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DESTINY'S CHILD, 2001

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We’re not saying we’re not grateful for Beyoncé’s solo career. We’re just saying we miss a time when Miss Tina Knowles Lawson was creating matching outfits (which Kelly Rowland has since dubbed "crazy") for her daughter and her friends.

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JENNIFER HUDSON, 2007

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This year she's nominated for The Color Purple, but for her first Grammys red carpet, Jennifer had everyone seeing red.

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MIRANDA LAMBERT, 2008

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The Vice nominee was a bronzed goddess for her first walk down the Grammys red carpet nine years ago.

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JUSTIN BIEBER, 2010

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We think his song says it best: "Baby, baby, baby, oh!"

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SARA BAREILLES, 2009

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She didn't want you to write her a love song back in 2009, but the star (nominated this year for the score to Waitress) still came dressed like a Valentine.

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KELLY CLARKSON, 2004

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The fresh-off-Idol star was hitting it big with "Since U Been Gone" - an instant classic, much like this black dress and sparkly jewels.

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DEMI LOVATO, 2016

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And though she'd already been on the scene for a while, last year was (surprisingly!) Demi's Grammys debut - and she went all out in a plunging black peplum gown.

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DRAKE, 2011

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It's hard to top Mom as the best possible date for your first major awards appearance.

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BARBRA STREISAND, 1977

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It's nice to know that trends may come and go, but Barbra has been Bringing It to the Grammys in a major way for 40 years.

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