The 2020 Grammy Awards (opens in new tab) will take place on January 26, 2020, and I personally can't wait to see what Cardi B, Lizzo (opens in new tab), and Kacey Musgraves (opens in new tab) will be wearing. Obviously, it's all about the music, but it's also not just about the music—the Grammys are one place where artists always love to flex and express themselves through fashion. We've rounded up the most eye-catching, sparkly, and jaw-dropping outfits of the past 61 years and all I can say is...besides on your NYE dress, sequins belong at the Grammys.
Cher arrived looking like the fairytale embodiment of Lisa Frank (in the best way possible) and setting the stage for the body-baring getups of future decades.
Yoko Oko and John Lennon are young and in love at the '75 Grammys.
My name is Bette Midler and I can wear a crown if I want to.
Pat Benatar wearing a stunning lace-up dress and perfectly '80s purple eye makeup.
Rick James and a barely recognizable Olivia Newton-John dressed like they're each other's Grammy's prom dates. (Corsage not included.)
Cyndi Lauper keeping it quirky in a very '80s mash-up of colors and prints.
Barbra Streisand wearing gold lamé to accept an award for the Best Pop Vocal Performance for a Broadway Album.
Prince slaying in head-to-toe polka dots, including custom high-waisted suit and pointed heels.
Naomi Campbell strutting into the Grammy Awards wearing a mini dress inspired by a deck-of-cards and a fluffy red boa on top.
Where do we begin with a 1992 Celine Dion? The mules are fabulous, and so is this dress with tights—a rarity on the red carpet.
In case you ever doubted that Mariah Carey was the O.G. goddess of music events, refer to this vintage photo of her in a stunning scarlet gown.
Selena, the picture of red-carpet glamour, arrived at the Grammy's wearing a sparkly white halter dress, a bouffant, and her signature red lip.
Faith Hill looking like a vision in white with a plunging slit. Would totally wear this dress today.
Mary J. Blige in head-to-toe leopard print, black gloves, and sunglasses inside? Icon.
Gwen Stefani opted for a silk jacket and a floor-length floral gown.
Not sure who's more of a mood: a pregnant Jada Pinkett Smith in this very sheer, sparkly dress, or the guy behind her.
Lil' Kim wearing sheer (sparkly) tights and an equally sheer (sparkly) wrap over her bodysuit.
Faith Hill looking like a'90s princess (the same year Gwyneth Paltrow wore that powder-pink dress at the Oscars).
Madonna wearing a Kabuki-like red frock to perform "Nothing Really Matters."
J.Lo wore a dazzling sparkly gold mini dress, which was a pre-cursor to her big fashion moment ahead (see: 2000).
Arguably the most iconic Grammy's dress of all time (of all time!), J.Lo wore a pluuunging (opens in new tab), sheer Versace dress and lots of double-sided tape...probably.
Britney Spears going for va-va-voom Marilyn Monroe glamour in this all-white combination. It's almost as iconic as her Canadian tuxedo collaboration with Justin Timberlake at the American Music Awards.
One of Christina Aguilera's riskiest and most controversial red-carpet fashion moments came in 2001 when she wore cornrows and what looks like a sheer beach cover-up.
Destiny's Child channeling Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Never one to wear anything close to boring, Lil' Kim rolled up to the red carpet in leather pants, a bikini top, and matching red shades. #Hero.
That one time brave soul Alicia Keys tried to make rainbow lashes and a sparkly hooded dress/jeans/tee combo work. (We still love her, though.)
Gwen Stefani looks every bit of a modern version of Jean Harlow (whom she played in 2004's The Aviator) in a skin-baring white getup and white-blonde pin curls.
Avril Lavigne giving the middle finger to gender norms in a full-on suit (top hat not pictured), but like, the Hot Topic version. Note that she has coordinated Converses with her entire crew.
Alicia Keys looking stunning in a two-tone peach gown.
Dream team Beyoncé and Prince performing "Purple Rain" and "Crazy in Love" was a spectacle...and not just for the musical collaboration.
That super relatable moment when your gold dress perfectly matches your four trophies.
Diana Ross wows in head-to-toe florals at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards party.
Nobody rocks a fedora better than Penélope Cruz on the 2005 red carpet.
Kanye, still in his aggressive sunglasses and white gloves phase, put the stuffy tuxedo in its place with this lilac number (note: with the sleeves rolled up).
Pictured: Isabella Hilary Duff in this amazing sequined slip dress. Paolo, where you at?
The year Kanye made those glow-in-the-dark shutter shades a thing. R.I.P.
A very pregnant M.I.A. arrived at the awards show in this crazy-but-fabulous sheer polka-dot outfit that drew attention straight to her bump.
Imogen Heap carrying an actual parasol, My Fair Lady–style, and wearing an oversized collar (???) on the red carpet.
The two queens of R&B in one place: Beyoncé wearing a sequined mini-dress and Rihanna in a modern Elizabethan gown (white ruffled collar included).
Just one of Lady Gaga's many iconic red carpet moments wearing a larger-than-life dress that looks like it's spun from fairy dust.
And inside the actual show itself, Gaga donned a futuristic 3-D metallic creation that resembles a rare Pokémon in the wild.
Queen Nicki showing her wild side in a head-to-toe animal print lewk.
Nobody pulls off a orange cut-out lace dress better than Fergie. The gold hoops and bracelet complete the (very naked) look.
Robyn wasn't messing around in these platforms.
Katy Perry's never one to shy away from color, but it's a treat to see her wearing this classic Elie Saab gown with aqua-blue hair.
Nicki Minaj playing up the theatrics on the red carpet by bringing a replica of the Pope as her date and wearing a hooded scarlet robe.
Adele opts for classic ensembles over wild get-ups, so this colorful bloom of poppies (and matching shoes!) by Valentino makes perfect sense.
What's more comfortable than a baby pink shearling coat? Exactly. Thank you, Miley.
That time Prince wasn't even performing and stole the entire show with sparkly tangerine separates, bug-eye shades, and a "don't play" attitude that launched a thousand Internet memes.
Nobody wears a pantsuit quite like Gwen Stefani, and this architectural corset version is a winner.
Katy Perry rockin' lilac hair and a sparkly naked dress.
Newly-minted couple Kanye (who's shed his colorful suits for all-black) and a sophisticated Kim K. in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture.
In a classic Sia move, she brought her mini-me Maddie Ziegler to the Grammys. Both wore their signature white cropped wigs.
The year we forgot everything else but Rihanna wearing this stunning Giambattista Valli confection.
Lady Gaga received some push-back for this interpretation of Ziggy Stardust (in preparation for her performance of several David Bowie songs), but we think her red carpet tribute to the late singer was spot-on.
Ciara slayed in this almost-naked, super-high-slit number by Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture.
When you bring your best friend as your date to the red carpet, you hope it looks something like this. Taylor's a vision in neon and Selena's a classic red-carpet siren in spaghetti straps and sequins.
"Thank u, next." —Ariana to every other person on the red carpet, probably.
Hi Chrissy, we'll babysit while you enjoy your night out with John in this sexy Roberto Cavalli dress.
Have you seen a five-year-old look chicer than Blue Ivy Carter? The oldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z enjoyed her mom's performance in a Gucci suit next to her dad and aunt Solange.
Speaking of Solange, the 31-year-old blew us away when she appeared on the red carpet in a pleated gold metallic Gucci gown—a nod to the standout year she had as an artist and activist.
Demi Lovato's nude cut-out bodycon dress deserves all of the Grammys. Truly, she looks like a goddess.
Heidi Klum did 👏 not 👏 come 👏 to 👏 play.
Miley Cyrus looks incredibly chic in her Jean-Paul Gaultier black jumpsuit holding a white rose in support of the #MeToo movement.
SZA was a walking angel in a long sleeve white gown topped with sequins and beads.
Cardi's Thierry Mugler was a vintage haute couture dress from 1995 and it was fabulous.