Rachel M. Johnson is a lover of all things pop culture. She's been writing about music and entertainment online for over two years.
With the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony set to be held on February 10, fans and music lovers alike can expect their favorite A-list acts to deliver on the red carpet. From J-Lo to Rihanna, Mariah Carey to Britney Spears, our favorite celebrities know how to work a gown. In honor of the upcoming show, let's take a look back at some of the best Grammy gowns of all time.
Jennifer Lopez: 2000
Jennifer Lopez wore the iconic green Versace silk chiffon gown to the 2000 Grammy Awards, and ultimately helped launch Google images in the process. The sheer fabric had a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern that included a very low neckline that extended well below Lopez's navel, and the waist of the dress was studded with citrines. The singer made headlines and garnered enormous media coverage by wearing the number; it was also downloaded from the Grammy website a whopping 642,917 times in just 24 hours. Lopez herself was shocked by the attention from the look, having once said, "It was a nice dress. I had no idea it was going to become such a big deal." The gown has since become arguably the most famous Grammys look ever.
Rihanna looked ravishing in red when she showed up to the 2013 Grammys wearing this sheer red Azzedine Alaia gown with a bold matching lip. The structured bodice and dramatic train paired stunningly with her long wavy curls and minimalist Neil Lane jewelry. The Barbadian beauty really took a chance by wearing such a sheer look, and certainly gave photographers and fellow attendees something to talk about. While the sheer material revealed the fact that the songstress had nothing on underneath, Rihanna looked absolutely radiant and clearly knows how to steal the show.
The late and beloved singer attended the 1994 Grammys in a gorgeous white beaded gown, where she would become the first Tejano artist to win the title for Best Mexican/American Album. The beauty wore her hair in a flirty up-do that had plenty of volume, and the sparkly gown accentuated her stunning figure. It was reported she also designed the lovely look herself. With a bold red lip and big earrings, Selena truly captured the attention of everyone watching. Her sister Suzette reminisced to Entertainment Tonight how memorable the night was, having once expressed, "Honestly, I think it was the only time that I really got kind of choked up because she looked like perfection. She looked like a true artist, it was a really cool moment."
Taylor Swift: 2016
The hit-maker donned this daring and colorful two piece, Atelier Versace ensemble at the 2016 Grammys. The orange bandeau top matched her lipstick shade and the hot pink skirt was flirty and just the right amount of sexy. Swift's mile-long legs were on full display, and the outfit was custom made for her. The look was paired with a diamond choker and Stuart Weitzman heels, and the songstress wore her freshly chopped bob in a straight and sleek style. The two-piece ensemble not only made the singer stand out, but it also topped many best dressed lists and has become one of the greatest Grammy fashion moments.
Britney Spears: 2000
Britney Spears looked like a modern-day (or rather 2000s) Marilyn Monroe when she wore this stylish white Randolph Duke gown and Oscar de la Renta fur stole. The pop princess looked sleek and sexy at the 2000 Awards show, where she rocked the plunging-neckline gown and paired it with a simple diamond necklace. The singer's signature blonde tresses were straightened and worn down, and the whole outfit looked effortlessly chic and glamorous. The all-white combination has since become one of her most iconic red carpet moments ever, and is one the Grammys will never forget.
Mariah Carey: 1991
The pop icon attended the 1991 ceremony rocking a little black dress with rhinestone trim and long diamond earrings, appearing both sexy and sophisticated. She wore her then-signature curls with the curve-hugging mini dress and strappy heels that was simple yet perfectly captured the singer's star quality. Carey would take home two Grammy Awards that night, Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Vision of Love." Though the dress and laid back style is quite different from the pop diva's modern day fashion, the LBD remains a great Grammy look.
Toni Braxton: 1997
The R&B songstress arrived at the 1997 Grammys in a sporty white mermaid gown with detailed mesh panels along each side. The athletic cut accentuated Braxton's fabulous figure and with her hair slicked back, the singer looked fresh and fierce. Her make-up and deep lip shade added a pop that complimented the whole ensemble, and the minimal jewelry kept the focus on the gown. Braxton nabbed two of the three Grammy Awards she was nominated for that night, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Katy Perry: 2012
Katy Perry has always been a fashion chameleon, and she has never been afraid to take style risks. Her 2012 Grammys look was definitely one of her very best and truly embodied Perry's fashion evolution. The powder blue Ellie Saab gown was covered in soft, sheer applique that managed to be the perfect combination of sultry yet feminine. The shade complimented her warm skin tone, and paired well with her electric blue hair that she wore in a sleek up-do. The singer added a pink lip for more color pop, which helped add a softness to the overall look.
The singer looked stunning in white when she wore this peek-a-boo Michael Costello Couture gown to the 2014 Grammy Awards. The dress had a floral pattern that was strategically placed in all the right places, and perfectly highlighted her enviable figure. The sheer detailing added just the right amount of sexiness and paired perfectly with the open back that added an additional wow factor to the look. Her tousled lob was wavy and complimented the whole ensemble, and her choice of a berry lip color really made everything pop. The floral gown remains a fabulous Grammy gown moment.
Christina Aguilera: 2007
The blonde beauty rocked this Emanuel Ungaro gown with purple trim and a beige bow at the 2007 Grammys, where she wore her curls in a vintage style that paired stunningly with her bronzed-goddess skin. The songstress embraced her retro album style with a matching red carpet gown that was both unique and sexy all at the same time. Aguilera brought Old Hollywood glamour with the look and with her platinum waves, winged eye make-up and body hugging gown. Aguilera demanded the attention of everyone at the ceremony.
The "Fergalicious" singer managed to make a tough-to-wear canary yellow look oh-so-good when she donned this Calvin Klein column gown to the 2008 ceremony. Her gold Jimmy Choo heels and statement making diamond necklace paired beautifully with her blonde, voluminous curls which she wore loose over she shoulders. The gown was draped elegantly and while it was simplistic in its styling, Fergie rocked the ensemble perfectly. The bold and unique color choice makes Fergie's Grammy look a stand-out fashion moment.
Of course the ultimate fashionista Rihanna is on this list twice; the beauty is a trendsetter and is never afraid to embrace unique and dramatic looks. The Giambattisa Valli bright pink gown featured a strapless neckline and a massive frothy tiered pink skirt that is arguably one of the puffiest dresses to ever grace the red carpet. The "Love on the Brain" singer made quite the statement with the gown, but kept the rest of her look simple; she wore her hair pulled back, minimal make-up and accessorized with diamond stud earrings and diamond rings. Few could pull off such a look, but Rihanna did so effortlessly.
Alicia Keys: 2006
The R&B crooner turned heads when she showed up to the 2006 Grammy Awards in a sexy Armani Prive black beaded gown with a plunging v-neck. The number also had a dramatic low back and front slit that made the singer look both daring and chic. She wore her hair swept back in an elegant up-do, and accessorized with large diamond hoop earrings and matching bracelet. Keys kept her make-up simple and natural, which paired wonderfully with the outfit. The whole look was glamorous, and the way the gown hugged her body gave it a slinky and sophisticated feel.
© 2019 Rachel M Johnson
Rachel M Johnson (author) on February 06, 2019:
Hi Anushua, I’m so glad you enjoyed the article! It was fun to make and was interesting to see the different fashion trends at the Grammys. Thanks for the read!
Anusha Jain from Delhi, India on February 06, 2019:
Wow! Those are indeed some breath-taking attires you've ensembled here. Not just the design but even the color is unique for each one of them. Love the way you have described -- helps put everything in context. Great read.