The real prize for winning best record of the year at the Grammys this year: sharing the stage with living legend Prince, who came out in a feathery black sweatsuit, cane, sunglasses and stunning abstract silver chest-piece and positively stole the show. Gotye and collaborator Kimbra charmingly confessed it wasn't just the thrill of winning that had them so overwhelmed.
If you're keeping a tally of Awful Things Chris Brown Does, don't forget to add this one: When Frank Ocean won the Grammy for best urban contemporary album, beating Brown to the award, Brown was the only one in the front rows to stay seated for the standing ovation. Classy guy, right?
What does it feel like to have $31 million dollars around your neck? Few people could tell you. Cleopatra, Elizabeth Taylor and, after tonight, Carrie Underwood, as she showed up to the Grammys in an elegant black lace dress and a stunning necklace sparkling with 381 carats of diamonds, by Johnathon Arndt. Still, the first thing that caught our eye was her stunning smile.
If you noticed Faith Hill playing with her teeth at the Grammys, it wasn’t because she just finished a box of jujubes. The stunning country singer was sporting braces. They’re not a hot new trend, but a cautionary tale: Faith neglected to wear a retainer after her first round with the orthodontist.
Kelly Clarkson went for a victory lap before her acceptance speech, checking in with John Mayer and Katy Perry and getting stuck on Miranda Lambert, but once she got onstage we (finally) got to see a musician who honestly didn’t expect to win give a speech. Adorable! Either that she was buzzed. Still: adorable!
As Rihanna sang a slow, powerful ballad “Stay” audiences were a little confused when lesser-known collaborator Mikky Ekko appeared onstage, seated almost on the ground and dressed pretty casually across from the glamorously attired Rihanna. Still the vocalizing was lovely and fans say it showed another side to a star perhaps best known for her dance music.
It's usually not polite to gawk at a lady's cleavage. But we'll make an exception in the case of Katy Perry, whose Grammys cleavage was impossible to ignore. Like some mythological beast, it sucked in all those who gazed upon it and spared no one. Among its many victims was Ellen DeGeneres, who reacted to the impressive spectacle with a mix of emotions: equal parts awe, envy and sheer disbelief. DeGeneres' wife, Portia de Rossi, left, took the whole thing in stride.
Taylor Swift brought America's eyebrows way, way up when she was caught on-camera exuberantly singing along to Mumford & Sons' Grammy performance. You'd think that if you had the chance to hear an internationally renowned band playing their song live you'd enjoy it, but maybe Taylor figured she was treating the people standing around her to a super-special harmonized, Swift-ified rendition.
Chris Brown and Rihanna stayed apart on the red carpet, but made up for it once they were inside the Staples Center. The controversial couple sat side by side, cozying right up to each other to watch the ceremony. It'd be cute if it wasn't for... well, you know.
Taylor Swift’s much-hyped opening Grammy number was a couple parts Cirque de Soleil, a couple parts psychologically revealing revenge fantasy on whoever broke her heart most recently and all crazy. Surrounded by waaay too many swirling bricks of sterno and dressed like a ring-master, pin-thin Taylor threatened a hapless extra racked up on a wheel, promising they would never, ever get back together.
Angelina Jolie might have invented sticking a long sexy leg at a 90-degree angle outside a dress, but Jennifer Lopez just perfected it at the Grammys, appearing in a one-shouldered black drape gown that split at her pantyline to display one perfect, sculpted leg.
We have to blow the whistle on singer/songwriter Skylar Grey for being among the first celebs to break the Grammys' new dress code, which strictly prohibits side-boob. Sure, the neck of her gown might be up to her chin, but what's that trying to sneak out the side of her dress? Oh, a boob? Well, that's a side-boob citation.
Amber Rose showed up to the Grammys on the arm of Wiz Khalifa with the ultimate accessory: a miniature human being inside her body. This mega-pregnant Amber Rose probably couldn't get on a plane, and the Grammys can last longer than many flights out of LAX, but Amber looked relaxed and confident and frankly glowing.
A number of stars on the red carpet decided to mirror a sparkling night spent among the music industry's biggest stars with dark gowns twinkling with accents. Kathy Griffin, Pauley Perrette (above left), Carly Rae Jepsen (above right), and Carrie Underwood seemed to be thinking in a similar direction, coming to the red carpet in dark, glittering looks! Next year call each other maybe, so you don't end up in matching dresses.