Cardi B in Archival Mugler

God bless Cardi B. On an otherwise underwhelming red carpet, she chose to emerge triumphant in this clamshell extravaganza from Mugler’s 1995 couture show, like The Birth of Venus as witnessed by Ryan Seacrest. If you need one thing from the Grammys to mention to a co-worker in order to make awkward small talk while you both wait for the elevator, this is it.

 

Lady Gaga in Celine

You just know Gaga was thinking, “Ugh, remember when I needed a staff just to get anywhere in my outfits? This is SO MUCH EASIER.”

 

Michelle Obama

Sure, Michelle was surrounded by celebrities, but she was the star.

 

Jennifer Lopez in Ralph & Russo

Jennifer Lopez’s commitment to doing The Very Most is a relaxing surety in this uncertain world. And this hat is truly a hoot-not the least because when she was onstage, the lights reflected off the jewels around her neck and onto the inside of her hat, making her look like she was inside her own tiny disco. However, the huge brim also rendered J. Lo incapable of getting too physically close to people, which meant she wasn’t really able to hug Michelle Obama when they were onstage together. Was it worth it, Jennifer?!

 

Katy Perry in Balmain

This skirt is a super surreal head-trip of an experience. We admittedly want to touch it-so alluringly textured!-but we’re also afraid to love it, in case we piss off The Lorax.

 

Camila Cabello in Armani Privé

OK, “restrained” might be a weird comment about a pink sparkly column with a sexy open back, but hear us out: Camila is a young former girl-bander who’s nominated for her star-making song, “Havana.” This choice, guaranteed to make all the pictorials, is a stunning assertion that she is-if we may adapt from The Book of Britney-not a girl, but wholly a woman.

Kylie Jenner in Balmain

This is two tiny design changes away from being a fashion straitjacket, and we’ve never been more claustrophobic.

Janelle Monáe in Jean Paul Gaultier

From her hat’s rakish tilt to the plunging vee and sharp sleeves, Janelle makes us wish we paid more attention in geometry all those years ago.

 

Brandi Carlile

That’s a gorgeous cut with a perfect touch of sparkle. We were JUST thinking we’d love to see a lady who shares Chadwick Boseman’s taste in coats, and lo, here she is.

 

Heidi Klum

Heidi is no longer on Project Runway, but she and Tim Gunn are pairing up for another fashion TV project. So is this…a cheeky ode to resurrection?

 

St. Vincent

Yeah, that’s a cape. But who’s to say that it isn’t also the wallpaper from her downstairs powder room?

Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo

There’s basically no color Tracee can’t wear, and even when they’re brighter than the sun on their own, she somehow manages to enliven them. We also love the slinky snake detail wrapping around her waist. Draco Malfoy wishes anyone in Slytherin had been this rad.

Ashanti

When sleeping bags attack!

Miley Cyrus in Mugler

OK, OK! Maybe boot-cut pants are back.

Ella Mai in Ashi Studio

Ella burst onto the scene with “Boo’d Up” and casually won a Grammy for it last night for Best R&B Song. And just in case that all happened too fast for you to catch who she is, Ella hit the red carpet in this enormous confection that is simply impossible to miss: a dream gown for a dream night. (One might say she got all blue’d up, if one were a hopeless punner, which…we are, so.)

 

Anna Kendrick in Ralph & Russo

This is so sweet that it’s given us, collectively, cavities…but it’s also perfectly fitted to her, a Valentine in a mini-dress. ‘Tis the season, after all.

 

Andra Day in Custom Cheng

We weren’t technically wondering what Cher Horowitz would wear to a Prince-themed costume party, but now that we know, we’re kind of into it.

 

Bebe Rexha in Monsoori

Bebe Rexha was very open about the fact that several designers declined to dress her for this event because she didn’t fit into their sample sizes. The good news is she looks great in this fluffy red ballgown. The bad news is that it feels a bit like a Giambattista Valli knockoff. Maybe next year, they’ll get with the program and give her a real one.

 

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