This Year’s Grammys Red Carpet Needed Rihanna

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Adele, Lady Gaga, STUD Sam Hunt and model Bella Hadid (photos via usmagazine.com and hollywoodreporter.com)

For the most part, I was a little underwhelmed by the red carpet this year at the Grammys. There were a few good looks but none that were as exciting or as unforgettable as Rihanna in that incredible pink Giambattista Valli Couture dress last year. She was supposed to perform but had to cancel at the last minute, which was too bad because chances are everyone would be talking about what she wore this week. Now less than two weeks to go before the biggest red carpet of the year!  

Taylor Swift in Atelier Versace

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Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty via usmagazine.com

Obviously the big winner of the night (now the only female artist to ever the best album award twice), Swift stayed true to the crop top look she wears often – as in all the time. She also debuted her new shorter bob hairstyle. I didn’t find either particularly exciting but her red carpet choices rarely do it for me. Even when she’s trying be sexy, she always seems too affected.

Adele in Givenchy Couture

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Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty via usmagazine.com

Loved this black embellished and sparkly long sleeve gown on the incredibly talented singer. It suits her and she wears it well. Although it’s hard to see the intricate details of the dress in photos, I’m sure it was beautiful in person. I also loved the more relaxed blunt cut, which looked great. One of her best red carpet looks so far.

Lady Gaga in Marc Jacobs

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Although many people didn’t love her tribute to David Bowie during the show, I thought her tribute to Ziggy Stardust on the red carpet was awesome. She rocked (no pun intended) a custom blue beaded coat dress by Marc Jacob and it worked. It is the Grammys after all. I bet if this was Gaga only tribute to Bowie, people would’ve loved it but the look was overshadowed by her performance.

Beyoncé in Inbal Dror

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Photo credit: Mark Davis/WireImage via usmagazine.com

Not many stars can skip the red carpet and still make such a huge impact but Beyoncé definitely can. When I first saw her in this 70s-inspired Victorian lace dress with sheer panels, I thought it was Givenchy but it  was actually a wedding dress by Inbal Dror. Of course it was! When Beyoncé shows up to the party, it’s always about her. I thought the neckline and collar were cool and loved the diamond-shaped statement earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.

Bella Hadid in Alexandre Vauthier

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid’s little sister Bella is becoming a star in her own right and she slayed the red carpet with her boyfriend, The Weeknd, in this super sexy low cut number by Alexandre Vauthier. When you’re a 19 year old model killing the fashion scene, why not wear a dress like this? The look was accessorized well with a small clutch, ankle-strap Alexander Wang heels and an amazing serpent wrap diamond bracelet.

Zendaya in DSquared2

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Loved this look. Remember, it’s the Grammys – not the prom or a Beverly Hills fundraiser. Zendaya always makes a statement on the red carpet and she nailed it in the perfectly cut tailored pantsuit by Canadian born design duo DSquared2. I pretty much always love a great pantsuit for evening and this whole look was especially good. I’m sure many people hated the mullet wig but I thought it was cheeky, fun and irreverent.  I say, well played.

Florence Welch in Gucci

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Florence has her own style and clearly never aims to wear something that’s universally liked. While I usually love what she wears and didn’t hate this moon and star embellished 70s-inspired dress as much as many did, this wasn’t my favourite. It reminds me of something you’d find in a junior high drama class costume box. Interestingly she’s the new brand ambassador of Gucci jewelry and timepieces so it makes sense the jewels she wore were incredible.

Selena Gomez in Calvin Klein

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Gomez is a pretty girl but she always looks like she’s a 10 year old dressing up in her mom’s clothes to me. On someone else, I might have liked this sparkly dark blue dress more, but on her it kind of had this early 80s Vanna White vibe. But the oversize David Webb (who I love) cocktail ring was a nice touch.

Chrissy Teigen in Yousef Al-Jasmi

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The expecting supermodel looked lovely in this white gown with a floor length jewel encrusted cape. It’s hard to argue with this look but I think it looks way more like a wedding gown than Beyoncé’s did.

Kacey Musgraves in Armani Privé

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I’m not familiar with singer Kacey Musgraves but I loved this textured purple, blue and teal gown so had to include it in the recap. The colours are beautiful and work well together, the material is interesting and even though it’s Armani Privé, it’s still fun for the Grammys. If Gwen Stefani wore this dress everyone would have noticed.

Ellie Goulding in Stella McCartney

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Goulding looked lovely in this blush column gown with beaded spaghetti straps accessorized by an elegant diamond necklace but this is one of those looks I don’t find that exciting for the Grammys. She’s young so why not have a little bit more fun on the red carpet and show more personality? If Ariana Grande would wear the exact same look, move on and choose something else.

Pharrell in Chanel jacket with wife Helen Lasichanh

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No one is cooler than Pharrell. NO ONE. What other man would show up on the red carpet in a Chanel tweed jacket, jeans and amazing “Human Race” sneakers (which I totally want). I saw Pharrell in the lobby of Hotel Americano in NY a few years ago and he’s as cool in person as you’d think. He was wearing a gold leather bomber jacket that I still think of often. He just gets it.

Sam Hunt in Dolce & Gabbana

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Photo credit: Getty Images via hollywoodreporter.com

Damn! Until the Grammys I don’t think I’d heard of Sam Hunt but be looked sooo fine in this pink Dolce & Gabbana suit. Not many guys can rock a pink suit and still look super masculine but Hunt definitely can. Kudos to him for taking a chance that paid off. Stud.

That’s a wrap on the last red carpet until the biggest one of the year on February 28 – The Oscars! As per tradition, I’ll be on CTV Morning Live in Calgary the next morning discussing the hits and misses. Can’t wait!

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