The 2012 Grammys: Best and Worst Dressed

February 13, 2012  |  
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Every year, the Grammys are as much about the music as they are about the fashion. Last night during the 54th Annual Grammy Awards was no exception. The artists did their part musically as they entertained us with their performances – including Jennifer Hudson’s moving tribute to the late Whitney Houston. Still, fashion-wise, we were just as entertained by the stylish and style-less choices.

Check out our gallery of the best and worst dressed gals of the Grammys.

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True to form and in her own words, Rihanna keeps things “simple, Hot and a lil’ gangster” in a black Armani gown and pointy toe Christian Louboutin heels. She actually co-designed her plunging, backless dress with Giorgio Armani and was inspired by Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Scarface. She accessories with gold donning a thin necklace, multiple gold rings, an arm cuff, and a few bracelets. Her newly blonde locks are messily tousled and compliment her complexion well. Rih Rihi’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, kept the focus on Rihanna’s sultry eyes by linning them in dark shadow. She kept the rest of her look natural with bronzed cheeks and pale pink lips.

Verdict: BEST. Rihanna looks amazing! Say what you want about her, but she is stunning! She’s looks age appropriate, fresh faced, and do we really have to mention what great shape she’s in? My personal favorite of the night.

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We know what most of you are thinking, “WHO is that and WHAT does she have on.” Hottie is the nickname Flavor Flav gave to Schatar Sapphira during her stint on Flavor of Love. According to her website, she describes herself as an “international celebrity actress and vocalist.” Do with that information what you will. She’s decided to pair a skimpy hot pink halter dress with a jewel encrusted bra and what appears to be furry legwarmers. Apparently, her toes weren’t cold because she decided on sandals. Her makeup artist is unknown, but I’m betting a five-year old is behind this. How else can eyebrow-grazing gold shadow and black marks under her eyes be explained. Finally, the hair doesn’t look natural and is an obnoxious length.

Verdict: WORST. She looks a hot pink mess! Begging for attention this way is just sad. This trashy getup is just another reason to not take her seriously. Epic fail.

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Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne brought the drama in Christian Siriano! This black calf-length dress is a moving sculpture due to it’s origami-like skirt. The ruffles and tulle provide texture and those sky high heels provide, well, height. Her bright fuchsia lip and faint blush is very pretty. Her hair is wild and free which matches the mood of the dress well.

Verdict: BEST. I think a less chunky shoe would have been a better choice, but other than that Corinne looks great.

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MC Lyte

MC Lyte’s spaghetti strap green number is not working. The contrasting top and skirt have the potential to be decent, but it falls short. What makes this dress so bad is its fit and the fact that it doesn’t. The bust is too big and the skirt should be more streamlined as well. Ms. Lyte has it right with the minimal jewelry, but those strappy prom shoes are a fail in the accessories department. At least her makeup and signature hairdo look good.

Verdict: WORST. This is proof of how important fit and proportions really are. MC Lyte missed the mark with this one.

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Kelly Rowland 

Kelly looks beautiful in Alberta Ferretti! The blush color of her sleevelss gown compliments her skin tone beautifully. The sheer neckline shows off a bit of cleavage, but still keeps things classy. The silver embellsihments go well with the Lorraine Schwartz jewels she’s rocking. Her afro-like curls adds a playful spin to her look. Smokey eyes, strong brows, and a pale pink lip are a nice addition to her glowing skin.

Verdict: BEST. Kelly manages to look sophisticated, but adds a playful twists to her look with the hair. Perfect for the Grammys.

Amber Rose

Amber Rose chose a bright yellow Versace gown to show off on the red carpet. This simple, one-should frock fits her well and is draped in a very flattering way. Plus, the slit brings the Hot. Her makeup consists of a popping tangerine lip and dark eyeliner. Her nude Christian Loubution shoes are a good choice as well. Still, this look is a bit plain, especially compared to her outfit at the Pre-Grammy party here.

Verdict: UNDECIDED. It’s a pretty color, but it just seems like something is missing. It’s definitely a step in the right direction, though.

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Fergie reminds us what the Grammys are all about: taking risks. This orange creation by Jean Paul Gaultier is awesome! The intricate laser cut lace is breathtakingly beautiful. The mermaid train and cap sleeves are glamourous touches. The fact that it’s completely see-through may turn some folks off, but the retro undies keep her private parts covered. Large hoop earrings and a bold cuff in gold pair well with the hue of the dress. Fergie slicks her hair back into a high ponytail and keeps her makeup natural and dewy.

Verdict: BEST. This is the kind of risk that can be appreciated. The color alone would have been enough to stand out, but in true “Fergilicious” fashion she pushes the envelope even further. I think it payed off.

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Singer Vaja arrived at the Grammys in a pretty, vivid blue! Here’s another dress that had such great potential. The strong one-shoulder, embellished torso, and thigh-high split are all chic details. However, the dress gathers awkwardly and the train is a bit too long. I don’t even mind the matching shoes or the silver clutch. The hair is all wrong, though. It should be up so we can see the one-shoulder aspect of the dress. It’s like her stylist didn’t have time to flat iron the rest of her hair so they kept that section separated. However, her makeup looks nice with peachy cheeks standing out.

Verdict: WORST. If she put her hair up and got the dress tailored it would be a different story.

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Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona shows us how to do a print! This safari print in black, white and yellow is very fun. The strapless look allows her to show off that great statement necklace and the sash gives her some shape. A black clutch, large ring, and bold cuff are the only other accents she needs. Her high ponytail shows off her beautful face. Glowing skin and dark rimmed eyes stand out.

Verdict: BEST. She looks like she is having fun with her look and again, that’s what the Grammys are all about!

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki channeled her alter ego Roman this evening. Apparently, Roman is catholic and has an obession with little red riding hood. At any rate, the Versace couture creation stopped the show before it began! The beaded face on the skirt, cape and matching gloves are freaky. Good thing she did not add any jewelry because that would have been overkill. At least her face glowed, even if it did look possessed.

Verdict: WORST! This was just weird. There’s a thin line between being fashionable and wearing a costume. Nicki crosses the line into the latter too often. FAILURE.

Which dress was your favorite and least fave? Who did we snub? Tell us in the comments below.

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