Some folks got the dress-code memo, and some didn't give a darn.
CBS tried to rein in the skin for the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday night, sending out edicts warning against "bare sides or under curvature of the breasts" and "visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure" and, according to Jennifer Lopez, "It mentioned things I don't say around my house, my children." She chose to show more leg than even Angelina Jolie, but she appeared to be wearing a leotard under her side-swathed black draping.
Overexposed stars included Katy Perry (far right) in a skintight seafoam gown that left little cleavage to the imagination (in Ryan Seacrest's words, "Va-va-voom.") Another nominee, Sklyar Grey, wore a sparkly red halter that was exposed on the side view, and Kelly Rowland wore a black gown with vertical cutouts that were like windows to her curves.
Classy and classic were two Roberto Cavalli-dressed ladies, Grammy winner Carrie Underwood (right) and Carly Rae Jepsen, in shapely, strapless gowns. Blond country diva Underwood donned a lined black lace cut-out gown, while the "Call Me Maybe" pop star appeared to be covered in liquid metal. A lady in red got it right, too. Rihanna (at left), who has sexed it up in previous years, was effortlessly gorgeous in a flowy gown by Alaia. Statuesque Taylor Swift was lovely in a white goddess gown by J. Mendel.
There weren't many rocker chic moments on this red carpet. Sure, Florence Welch looked like her dress was made of green mermaid scales and Janelle Monae channeled a bullfighter look, but mostly, the ladies went glam or took it down a notch, such as Beyonce in skintight pants with a color-blocked black-and-white top with open sleeves.
For the guys, host LL Cool J and Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa (in head-to-toe Tom Ford) were among those in formal white jackets, and Ne-Yo sported a slick silver jacket with black shawl collar. Justin Timberlake looked old Hollywood, while the dressed-down members of Mumford & Sons were sporting everyday street wear. Makes you wonder what their memo said.
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