back to top

The Only 10 Outfits From The Grammys You Need To Bother Looking At

It was mostly just a bunch of boring, solid-colored dresses. What happened to music people dressing weird?

Posted on

The Grammys are supposed to bring together a group of people concerned with fashion insofar as it makes them looks weird and gets people talking about them. You know, like everyone who goes to fashion week trying to get their picture taken, elegance always seems beside the point. But at the awards show on Sunday night, not only did elegance seem like a non-concern for most people in attendance (don't even get me started on LL's hat and egg nog–colored jacket), looking truly bizarre also felt like an afterthought. Why? These people are in music — they're supposed to look insane all the time!

So, save yourself another red-carpet slideshow laden with strapless sequin dresses you'll forget faster than Jay-Z makes a hilarious hat joke, and just look at the clothes that actually made an impression.

1. Rihanna

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

She wore Azzedine Alaia, a French label favored for its ladylike cuts and which has a fan in Michelle Obama. In fact, this dress might remind you of Michelle Obama's Jason Wu inaugural ball gown — which is why it's a turning point for Rihanna. Since when is Azzedine Alaia sending her multiple custom dress options? Since when is she going for those over strange denim and clown jumpsuits? Where, even, is the sideboob?

It was a surprising, but lovely, look.


5. Jennifer Lopez

The Associated Press / AP

As someone who is frequently fascinated by the way J. Lo puts herself together, I must say, I do not like this one bit. In a feat of engineering (and waxing!), she may have managed to expose her entire right leg, but you can't call this a dress. No, this is a "sexy nun" costume that they sell in plastic bags every Halloween. It is not a gown.

6. Katy Perry

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Well, she managed to turn someone's Thanksgiving table scape into the tightest dress ever. She probably should have dry-cleaned it before wearing, because that grease spot on her right hip actually manages to distract from her rack.


8. Jordyn Blum

Christopher Polk / Getty Images

In case you don't know Jordyn, she's Dave Grohl's wife. Somehow she managed to wear the most interesting-looking outfit of the whole night, a black-and-white dress from Marc Jacobs' insane spring 2013 collection. It's so ugly it's cool.

9. Esperanza Spalding

Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Perhaps since she's a jazz musician instead of part of the pop establishment, she feels comfortable wearing things that are cool and weird instead of friendly. This looks like an oxidized metal boat hull, but she totally rocks it.