The Most Fabulously Dated Looks in Grammy History

Like, why don't people wear mullets on the red carpet anymore?

The Grammy Awards are *technically* a chance for music's most talented people (read: Beyoncé) to be showered with tiny statues—but it's also the most stylish red carpet ever. Unlike the Oscars or even the Golden Globes, the Grammys encourage artists and designers to think outside of the box and go big—which sometimes mean their looks feel dated in practically no time. Here, the best throwbacks we could find.

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Aretha Franklin: 1970

Could this be more glorious? (Rhetorical question.) 

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Cher: 1974

Waiting for this look to repeat itself like 🙋

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Yoko Ono & John Lennon: 1975

This 👏  Is 👏  How 👏 You 👏  Do 👏  It 

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Grace Jones: 1983

Before there was Lady Gaga, there was Grace Jones. 

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Olivia Newton-John: 1983

Back when being a mulleted Cinderella was #goals.  

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Cyndi Lauper: 1984

Being extra before "being extra" was even a thing.

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Bette Midler: 1990

Skirt suit!!

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Mariah Carey: 1993

Spaghetti straps on spaghetti straps on spaghetti straps. Also, now we want spaghetti. 🍝

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TLC: 1996

While Fifth Harmony are certainly revitalizing the "we're a girl group who matches constantly" trend, no one did it like TLC. 

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Jewel: 1997

Lip liner? Check? Spaghetti straps? Check. Weird random layer of sparkly gauze? Check. Straightened side-parted hair? Double check. 

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Gwen Stefani & Courtney Love: 1998

This photo captures that very particular time in the '90s when sheer, sometimes gauze-y sweaters were in vogue. And also skirts that look like they have giant wine stains on them, apparently. 

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Madonna: 1999

This photo is documentary proof that the transition from the '90s to the aughts was truly awkward.

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Destiny's Child: 2001

They woke up like that. Flawless. And deeply aughts-y.

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Lil' Kim: 2002

goalsgoalsgoalsgoalsgoalsgoalsgoalsgoals

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Gwyneth Paltrow: 2009

Apparently 2009 did not frown upon sandals with tights.

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Lady Gaga: 2010

Remember when Lady Gaga was in her gravity-defying shoe phase? Total moment.

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Pharrell Williams: 2014

Frankly, we don't want to label this hat dated because that means we might never see it again, and that would be a shame, because it's basically become a celebrity in its own right. (P.S. How many do you think he has? Was it the same one all the time? What if it got crushed, you know? Surely there were backups?)

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Katy Perry: 2014

2014: the year literally everyone wore capes.

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