Wild, Glittery, Over-the-Top Fashion at the Grammys

Woe to the starlet who turned up to the Grammy Awards wearing a basic black strapless gown. Music's big night to shine brought out some of the biggest, baddest red carpet looks fashion has to offer.

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Singer Rihanna arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Woe to the starlet who turned up to the Grammy Awards wearing a basic black strapless gown. Music's big night to shine brought out some of the biggest, baddest red carpet looks fashion has to offer. Katy Perry earned bonus points for wearing a Giorgio Armani dress that lights up, but lost points for the ill-fitting cut of the dress (a gal with that figure, she should look like a million dollars) and the incredibly cheesy angel wings.
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The winner in the "skin-showing" department was undoubtedly Rihanna, who managed to keep herself just barely covered in strips of white fabric wearing this Jean Paul Gaultier gown.
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Nicole Kidman opted for a much more demure version of the look, wearing a bronze ombre Jean Paul Gaultier gown with tiny floral details.
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Later, Rihanna changed into a spectacular Dior couture dress that perfectly complemented her red hair -- even if the bottom did look a bit like an abstracted, murdered canary.
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Singer Cee-Lo embraced the wild, feathery trend with his own take on a parrot-meets-peacock-meets-gladiator.
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Singer Nikki Minaj fully embraced the season's leopard trend, wearing the print head-to-toe in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci.
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Miley Cyrus favored a sequined tiger print in this Roberto Cavalli gown.
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Obviously, all eyes were on Lady Gaga, who made her red carpet debut wearing the season's new It-accessory: a womb.
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Later, she emerged wearing what looked like a plastic crop top, matching skirt, and oddly old-fashioned hat by MUGLER by Nicola Formichetti.
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Onstage accepting her award, she changed into yet another look -- a leather bustier one-piece created by her friend and stylist, Nicola Formichetti, for MUGLER.
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Back in her seat, she accessorized with leather thigh-high boots, a sweeping black hat, and odd shoulder pieces that took the idea of "strong shoulders" to the next anatomical level.
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Emilio Pucci made quite a few appearances on the red carpet, most notably on Ciara, who managed to expose a ton of skin without necessarily looking trampy.
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The sheer floral skirt on Natasha Bedingfield's gown was rather lovely, even if her hairstyle seemed a bit over-styled.
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Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine had a bohemian chic version of a "swan moment" in this stunning Givenchy gown.
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Singer Anna Nalick topped off her tulle confection of a dress (which seemed to have rather a bit too much tulle) with some feathers of her own.
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Metallic dresses were another massive trend of the night, kicked off by Jennifer Lopez in an Emilio Pucci silver mini dress roughly the size of a postage stamp.
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LeAnn Rimes in a gorgeous draped gold gown by Reem Acra.
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Supermodel Heidi Klum opted for a slinky '20s-inspired Julien Macdonald gown in what looked like liquid gold.
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Kim Kardashian's metallic Kaufman Franco dress seemed a bit too slinky, though the deep gold color was quite fetching.
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There were, of course, some black dresses on the red carpet -- though none of them plain. Lea Michele of "Glee" went for an Emilio Pucci gown with tons of ruffles and lace, topped off with red lipstick.
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Eva Langoria went for an architectural black-and-white cocktail dress by Ashi Studio.
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Even the relatively conservative Janelle Monae kicked it up a notch by sporting a sparkly black tuxedo jacket by Ralph Lauren.
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Justin Bieber went for an all-white, three-piece tuxedo suit, topped off with a black pocket square and some crisp white sneakers.
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Cyndi Lauper's little black dress was anything but basic: In fact, it appeared to be rendered entirely out of lizard skin.
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No surprise, Willow Smith's ensemble was entirely custom, though for anyone who was curious: Those platform white kicks are Louis Vuitton.
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