2013 Grammy Awards Red Carpet


Let’s see how music’s biggest stars fare under the judgmental spotlight of the Democracy Diva.

Best Dressed: BEYONCE
jumpsuit by Osman, purse by Swarovski, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

In usual Beyonce style, the Diva of All Divas looked effortlessly chic on the red carpet. The jumpsuit and heels are to die for, the cuffs are phenomenal, and the hair and makeup are sleek and sexy. Also, I love that she didn’t wear something ridiculously over-the-top just for the attention, because a real Diva knows every eye will be on her no matter what she wears.

Runner-Up: TAYLOR SWIFT
gown by J. Mendel

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty

Yes, it’s still T.Swift in white, but I’m loving her recent addiction to cut-outs, particularly when she finds unique and interesting takes on the trend. The bondage-like silver lines in the front juxtapose beautifully with the delicately draped, uber-romantic skirt. Also, this is one of the only times I’ve liked a braid at a major red carpet event that didn’t take place in the middle of the summer. So congrats, Taylor!

Honorable Mention: KELLY ROWLAND
gown by Georges Chakra

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Hilariously anachronistic and double-standard-ridden “Wardrobe Advisory” from CBS be damned! Your bullshit corporate rules and regulations and even the FCC itself cannot compete with the power of Kelly Rowland’s “bare sides [and] under curvature of the breasts!” Girl gave a giant middle finger to the network’s attempt to tame down the amount of girly-parts on the red carpet and the Grammys stage, and she did it looking incredible. This gown is fucking killer on her, even if almost no one else on planet earth could dream of pulling it off.

RIHANNA
gown by Azzedine Alaïa

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

For a second my heart stopped, because I thought I was going to have to list Rihanna as the Best Dressed of something and thus the apocalypse had finally arrived. On closer glance, that bodice makes absolutely no sense and covers like maybe the bottom third of her breast. Doesn’t it look like that underlay needs to be yanked up a few inches? Nitpicking aside, this is probably the best Rihanna has ever looked.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL
Justin’s tuxedo by Tom Ford; Jessica’s gown by Oscar de la Renta, shoes by Casadei

Photo: Getty

Jessica Biel had the best seat in the house – between her hubbie Justin and Beyonce (with Jay-Z next to Bey, of course). There were no full-length pictures of her gown, but she looks lovely, if a little on the boring side. The earrings are kind of cool, but also just a touch too big. Same for Justin’s bow tie, but I love the jacket.

ALLISON WILLIAMS
gown by Kaufmanfranco

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Probably my favorite thing she’s worn so far. The texture and print look incredible, and she’s positively statuesque in it.

DRAKE

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

You WORK that navy-and-black combo, Drake! SO delicious.

KARLIE KLOSS
dress and shoes by Michael Kors

Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Supremely adorable dress, slightly boring shoes. She could have made this event-appropriate with accessories, so the low-key styling is a little disappointing.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
gown by Roberto Cavalli, shoes by Jerome C. Rousseau

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Beautiful, but it looks like there’s an eagle trying to fly into her vagina. I don’t actually think that’s a dealbreaker, I just really needed to know if anyone else saw it but me.

NICOLE KIDMAN
gown by Vera Wang

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

Shapeless, and the underlay ends at a really strange place. It’s also too stuffy for the Grammys, but so is Nicole Kidman.

ALEXA CHUNG
dress by Valentino Red

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Cute. Ridiculously underdressed, but cute. Love the shoes.

ADELE
dress by Valentino

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty

I think the problem with this look is not the dress, which I fucking adore, but the styling. The full-length version of this dress was my Spring 2013 couture red carpet prediction for Fan Bingbing, and I actually thing the short version on Adele is incredibly refreshing. I’ve virtually never seen her in anything but black on the red carpet, and this flowered couture dress is just incredible. HOWEVER. Adele’s signature 1950s styling so does not work with a dress like this, a dress that’s already a 1950s housewife at a garden party on acid. She really did not need a cutesy purse and matching shoes and her signature vintage hair and makeup – she needed a lot of modern styling to make this dress work, and I think that’s actually what made a lot of people hate this look.

JANELLE MONAE
suit by Moschino

Photo: instyle.com

The pants are too tight, but the jacket/vest combo is stunning.

ALICIA KEYS
gown by Azzedine Alaïa, shoes by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

Love everything from the waist up, but that skirt is a nightmare. I’ve seen it a few times and it works occasionally, but something about the proportions here make me absolutely hate it.

FLORENCE WELCH
gown, purse, and shoes by Givenchy

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

I don’t want to know why Florence is dressed like a dinosaur-turned-Reno lounge singer, do I?

KAT DENNINGS
dress by Vivienne Westwood

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Love the lips and nails, but those shoes are all wrong and I don’t think she did nearly enough to make this a Grammys-worthy look.

CARLY RAE JEPSEN
gown by Roberto Cavalli, shoes by Jerome C. Rousseau

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty

DEPRESSING.

SOLANGE KNOWLES
gown by Ralph & Russo

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Invest in makeup, Solange. And maybe let go of the shoulderpads and whatever the hell is on your feet.

KATY PERRY
gown by Gucci

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty

In predictable Katy fashion, it’s a hideous color and it’s approximately eleven sizes too small. And I just think that gaudy embellishment around the neck just looks like a tacky Christmas decoration.

JENNIFER LOPEZ
gown by Anthony Vaccarello, purse by Jimmy Choo

Photo: Lester Cohen/WireImage

Oh, are we just wearing leotards and entire rolls of fabric on the red carpet now? Great. I’m SO looking forward to everyone looking like a ballroom dancer who just got attacked by a bear.


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4 responses to 2013 Grammy Awards Red Carpet

  1. Zoë

    Loved Drake’s blazer but couldn’t help but feel as though the trousers were just a tad too long. I wish you’d included Lupe Fiasco’s red-carpet look in this (it would have made for giggle-worthy reading!). Totally in love with your honourable mention portion of the post!

    • democracydiva – Author

      Just found a picture of Lupe Fiasco’s look – I don’t even know where to start. He looks like if Mother Teresa wore MC Hammer pants and shoes with cloven feet. I can’t even begin to understand it! Thanks for the lovely comments, Zoe! ❤

  2. Beautiful, but it looks like there’s an eagle trying to fly into her vagina. I don’t actually think that’s a dealbreaker, I just really needed to know if anyone else saw it but me.
    I DIED. I love you.

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