Shocking Fashion at the Grammys

Nicki Minaj

Pop music’s sweethearts are notorious for daring red carpet fashion, but this year’s  Grammy Awards, the songstresses walked in with some shocking fashion statements, with touchable textiles, wild prints, and, of course, oh so much glitter.

Nicki Minaj made her Grammy debut in cheetah from head – literally, with the print spray-painted in her sky-high Elvira hair – to toe. The playful details of her Givenchy dress, namely a petal skirt and high neckline, could have been promising had the look not been overwhelmed by matching leggings and ankle boots.

Miley Cyrus took a comparatively demure approach to animal print in a glittery hippie-chic zebra Roberto Cavalli dress. The ombre coloring looked like the Miami version of Olivia Wilde’s Golden Globes princess gown. Cyrus wasn’t the only star to bring the sparkle that night.

Jennifer Lopez wore a mirrored Emilio Pucci mini dress while Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum donned similar bronze gowns with slits and plunging necklines.

Ciara and Lea Michele both took part in this season’s ubiquitous skirt slit trend, with Michele donning a not-so-basic black Emilio Pucci dress with daring décolletage and floral cutouts. Her colorful Lorraine Schwartz statement bangle and cherry red lip completed the look.

Ciara’s up-to-there slit amped up the drama of her navy and white tribal-inspired dress, also by Emilio Pucci, the designer who dominated the night.

Looking less-than-angelic in white were Katy Perry and Rihanna, who jumped on the skin-baring bandwagon in Armani and Jean-Paul Gaultier ensembles, respectively. Perry’s bedazzled bustier and sheer skirt were paired with costume-y white wings.

Rihanna

Rihanna made a similarly risky choice with her sheer paneled white gown, which, while a polarizing choice, undeniably fit the singer like a dream.

Of course, no amount of skin-baring or animal print could top the shock-factor of Lady Gaga’s Hussein Chalayan-designed egg pod, in which she was carried during her red carpet entrance.

While glitter and excessive skin are predictable award show fare, some of the most memorable moments emerge from the fearless fashion that these pop divas don.