The Weirdest and Wackiest Grammys Outfits Ever

At least they're not boring?

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The Grammys red carpet is a chance for stars to break out their most breathtaking couture—and it can also be the site of some very weird and wacky fashion. Performers with larger-than-life personas can feel empowered to lean in, sartorially speaking, on music's biggest night.

Let's note this right off the bat: We love a wild swing and a miss way more than we love a tepid, so-so gown. Even when we're cocking our heads to the side and saying, "...what, exactly, is happening here?" we're also honoring the effort it must have taken and the vision that got us there. What would be the fun in award ceremonies if we weren't all talking about the latest wild creation?

Harry Styles

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Harry Styles gives us lots of cool, boundary-pushing outfits on the red carpet—including a lot of jumpsuits. But I admit that these circus overalls made me giggle, which was perhaps not the intended goal here. (I think I would have liked it more with a frilly shirt? Am I wrong??)

Avril Lavigne

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We should rock on, you're right, Avril! Seriously, though, I have no issues with the messaging here. It's more that the tape used to create the letters feel quite haphazard to me. That's kind of Lavigne's vibe anyways, but it just kind of muddled the messaging.

Janelle Monáe

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Roses, strategically deployed! I absolutely love Monáe's stylings as a general rule: She sticks to a graphic, usually black and white color scheme, and she's constantly innovating in shape and structure. Which is why these rosettes feel a little...underwhelming. (And too heavy.)

Camila Cabello

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Old person that I am, I am constantly shouting at my computer screen for young starlets to wear more comfortable clothing. Here, it's probably that I would be constantly tugging at this doily bikini, quietly terrified that I was about to show a lot more than I intended.

Quin and 6LACK

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I must admire the boldness and sparkliness of Quin's overall look here, but I also just need it to be like one thing less complicated. I think I might make the skirt either totally sheer or totally opaque, instead of giving us a window of sheer fabric?

Lady Gaga

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If you need to take a full look at the top, here you go: Lady Gaga's silent, emphatic response to body shamers is a very cool getup that shows a lot of chest and abdomen. I absolutely admire the sentiment! It's more that I wish she didn't have to make any statement at all against nasty people—as a result, this feels less like her trademark style.

Michelle Zauner

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The Japanese Breakfast singer chose a gorgeous color for her Grammys gown (saying she was inspired by a similar gown Rihanna wore in 2015), but I think it either needed a few more "petals" in the body to feel a little more full and luscious, or just a bit less volume in the middle.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey Musgraves has iconic style, but I confess that the first word that comes to mind from this pink getup is "puppet." Maybe it's the fact that the catsuit isn't showing any skin below the neck? Or maybe the fact that the cape makes her look like a very fabulous Big Bird.

Kim Petras and Sam Smith 

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I admire the fierceness everyone is giving me in this all-red photo (and also the general commitment to a theme). Kim Petras and Sam Smith, there for "Unholy," were also dressed thematically to the song; Their entourage included icons Violet Chachki and Gottmik. I just feel like everyone in this photo is going to a different event.

Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish is a walking lesson in how to dress to please yourself, and she followed up a billowy black Oscars dress with this all-black caped outfit. Ultimately, it just comes down to the fact that I liked her Oscars dress better, especially in comparison to these haphazard layers.

Justin Bieber

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This is certainly not the first time anyone has pointed this out, but the fact that Hailey Bieber and Justin Bieber different here is wild. Justin's platform crocs, very oversized suit, and hot pink beanie would be eye-catching enough, but his posing on the red carpet was extra special.

Summer Walker 

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I actually love this mega-fuzzy dress and enormous hat—I just feel like it's a high-fashion Met Gala dress, not a Grammy's dress, if that makes sense. Also I think the fact that the hat kind of looked uncomfortable in photos made my neck hurt in solidarity.


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I love the deep and gorgeous purple on display here. But the spiky nails and even spikier headpieces make her look a little like Ursula the sea witch from The Little Mermaid (which was something Twitter immediately picked up on). Please don't be deterred, Yola, and keep bringing this same energy.

Alisha Gaddis

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Alisha Gaddis loooooves a wild Grammys look. (Honestly, it was hard to choose which one to put on this list.) But I went with this explosion of pink, in part because it's one of her biggest looks, and in part because the tulle sleeves are simultaneously so much and not matching with the rest of the look.

Eryn Allen Kane

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Much of my concern over these looks is genuine worry, I promise: Did you also do a double take where you thought Eryn Allen Kane's dress was literally making her bleed? Me too!! For a second I thought maybe one of those broaches was digging into her skin.

Caroline Polachek

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This look is so goth and eerie! I love the idea and effort here, but the trompe l'oeil effect (i.e. optical illusion) makes it look like someone took a bite out of her shoulder. Which was probably the intent—I just screamed more than I applauded, is all.

Grace Jones

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Grace Jones was never toned down on her red carpet appearances—and this oversized cage hat was no exception. There are literally photos of people trying to fit under it to pose with her, which means that it perhaps didn't quite serve as a functional fashion item.

Doja Cat

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There are naked dresses, and then there are naked dresses. This one is so sheer and cut so low that I can't show it to you from the front. That, plus the even more sheer side panels at the legs and back, just feel like a lot. It's all part of Doja Cat's vibe, though, so more power to her.

Kylie Jenner

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It's really the sleeves here that had people confused (some of them jokingly wondered how she might operate her phone—were the gloves touchscreen compatible?). Kylie Jenner always goes bold, but wearing the full runway look might have just been one step too many.

Imogen Heap

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We know we're in truly surreal territory when we're looking at a red carpet look wherein the person has an actual plant in her hair (ivy, apparently). It's also got a parasol from Coachella and, I'm quoting Heap directly here, "Gary the Grammy frog.''

Annie Lennox

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Annie Lenox has given us such cool and edgy style at the Grammys and elsewhere (remember when she dressed as a man, scandalizing approximately everyone at the time?). But she also inexplicably gave us this Minnie Mouse outfit. It feels...highly twee.


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I admit that going to the Grammys on your literal due date is...a pretty cool move. But I feel less enthused about the semi-sheer polka dot outfit that accompanied M.I.A.'s decision. Perhaps because, as a formerly pregnant person, I would guess that this was not comfortable.

Blac Chyna

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If crows terrify you, prepare to see this Black Chyna look in your nightmares. I appreciate the going-all-in attitude here, what with the feathers and the beading and the headpiece and the gloves—but by the time we get to the face crystals, I'm spent.

Girl Crush

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Oh my god, she's a gumball machine. Girl Crush also drew comparisons to a ball pit, naturally, and jawbreaker candies. I love its fun and whimsical mindset—my quibble comes from the fact that it looks like some of the balls are falling off as she wears it.

The 'Lady Marmalade' Ladies

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Everyone in this photo looks like they regret their fashion choices, to be honest. I can't fault Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Mya for getting on the '00s style bandwagon—belly chains, chokers, and crop tops, oh my—but I remain extra-confused by the makeup.

Ceelo Green

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Imagine seeing this terrifying mask on the red carpet. (runs away screaming) Apparently Ceelo was debuting his alter-ego, Gnarles Davidson. As usual, Twitter was quick with the comparisons, from a Power Rangers villain to a Ferrero Rocher chocolate (lol) to C-3PO from Star Wars.

Kat Graham

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There is just so much here. The draped front with sheer fabric underneath that makes the dress look more revealing than it is. The beaded ascot that made me do a double-take. The gloves. The pin that, when viewed from far away, looks like a smudge. I need to lie down.

Tayla Parx

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Ok, but I giggled, so—mission accomplished? Tayla Parx is, by her own admission, cosplaying as Bowser from Super Mario Bros. (Yes, that is a spiky ball at the end of her hair!) I feel like, yes, this is the outfit to get noticed, but perhaps not the outfit for this event?

Sheryl Crow

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Awww, Sheryl! This early look from the singing superstar is probably, if I had to guess, just a case of wanting to wear your OTT performance outfit to the Grammys, including floor-length denim jacket and lace-up everything. The '90s and '00s were a weird time.

Alicia Keys

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I don't know where to begin, so let's start with a compliment: I like the rainbow lashes! But I cannot parse this sheer hooded, bunched, beaded...dress(?) just hanging out over jeans and a tee. Keys' style ended up being awesome, so clearly lessons were learned.

Shania Twain

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Apparently, Shania Twain is wearing a red wig because she felt she "needed to add a little bit of a splash of color.” Shania, I am absolutely certain that your sequin polka dot 101 Dalmations suit did not need anything extra to get people's attention.

Dawn Richard

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It's a whole tree. Dawn Richard is wearing a tree. According to her, it's a celebration of growth, and I totally get that, but I am also astounded. She has a tree! On her dress! Is everyone else seeing this? It's so cool and scary and over-the-top that I'm literally speechless.

Katherine J. Igoe

Katherine’s a Boston-based contributor at Marie Claire who covers fashion, culture, and lifestyle—from “Clueless” to Everlane to news about Lizzo. She’s been a freelancer for 11 years and has had roles with Cosmopolitan and Bustle, with bylines in Parents, Seventeen, and elsewhere. It’s “I go to dinner,” not “Her huge ego,” but she responds to both.