But on this night while the crowd both mourned Whitney Houston and celebrated their own special Grammy moment, the fashions were tame to match the mood.
Well, if you think what Nicki Minaj wore was mild: Little Red Riding Hood meets the Pope? A little creepy, while the hosts called it the big egg moment, as in Lady Gaga’s big egg entrance last year.
Expected big winner Adele channeled Catherine Deneuve with soft curly hair and elegant black dress. Simple is always safe.
The kind of crazy we liked was Eric Benet’s killa chic and Katy Perry’s Elle Saab serene. Who would think that blue hair could be as elegant as she made it look? She rocked it – drop earrings and all.
Red carpet vets were Paris Hilton in Basil Soda (hey, she said she is “working” on an album), Carrie Underwood in Gomez Garcia and Taylor Swift, who actually missed her Nicole Kidman moment. The Zuhair Murad dress was there, but the hair didn’t do it.
Then the crazy stupid included Fergie in her bright orange floral cutout with black granny panties. The hoop earrings and tight ponytail were wrong – and not in good way. Jessie J wore a Lost-in-Space-meets-The Knights-of-the-Roundtable plated gown.
But loved Cyndi Lauper’s soft makeup and hair (and that she brought her mother) and Kelly Rowland in her pale pink Alberta Ferretti gown with silver accessories.
Article by Cindy McNatt, the Orange County Register. Photo by Jason Merritt, Getty Images.
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