We love the Grammys because we love music…and because it's a chance for some of our favorite celebrities to let their freak flags fly. Here are some of the most outrageous fashion moments from Grammys past. We're certain there will be plenty to add after Sunday night!
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Aretha Franklin, 1970
All hail the queen, who proves that the Grammys weren't always about exposing as much flesh as possible.
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Before there was Portlandia to put a bird on it, there was Cher, who put a butterfly on it.
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Little Richard, 1974
Asymmetrical batwing sleeve? You go, Little Richard.
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Bette Midler, 1975
The divine Miss M, ladies and gentlemen.
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David Bowie, 1975
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Debbie Harry and George Burns, 1980
Debbie Harry's 'fit is not that outrageous but having George Burns on her arm takes it up a notch.
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The Pointer Sisters, 1982
Grammys or one of those Old Western portrait booth shots? Either way The Pointer Sisters win.
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Tina Turner, 1982
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Olivia Newton John, 1983
Olivia Newton John IS the '80s.
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Rick James and Grace Jones, 1983
My brain explodes when I look at this photo.
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Cyndi Lauper, 1984
It's like her essence has been distilled into one pic.
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Grace Jones and Sarah Douglas, 1984
If this whole slideshow were of Grace Jones, I'd be okay with that.
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Are there even words?
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Dee Snider, 1985
The hair, the leather vest, the jeans, the stance—so good.
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Paula Abdul and John Stamos, 1990
Shine bright like a...Christmas tree ornament?
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En Vogue, 1991
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Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1993
Anthony Kiedis introduces Grammy as nip cover. Lil' Kim was obviously taking notes.
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Annie Lennox, 1995
We didn't realize Minnie Mouse was a Grammy nominee.
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These crop tops were ahead of their time.
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Gwen Stefani, 1997
Pajamas? Sure. Nothing is more punk than barely rolling out of bed.
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Hillary Clinton, 1997
That time that Hillary Clinton won a Grammy.
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Aaron Carter, 1999
Didn't even know they made zoot suits for kids.
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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, 1999
Willllll. What is this jacket-and-shirt combo? With no undershirt?
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Always match your beverage to your kimono, love Madonna.
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Jennifer Lopez, 2000
Oh, right. This dress.
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Missy Elliott, 2000
Supa dupa fly.
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Christina Aguilera, 2000
More butterflies! She was doing her re-CHERch.
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Toni Braxton, 2001
I still don't know how this stayed on.
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Destiny's Child, 2001
We kinda miss seeing matching outfits.
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Christina Aguilera, 2001
This dress looks like the fantasy of every male Renaissance Fair attendee.
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