Red carpet fashions are always a little out there at the Grammys.
And then there’s Madonna.
No, folks. The pop queen didn’t buy her derriere-exposing chaps outfit with fishnets at an adult clothing shop — it was actually custom Givenchy Haute Couture! Many style hounds watching Sunday’s ceremony at L.A.’s Staples Center from home weren’t impressed by the dominatrix-meets-matador look. We shall not recount the comments here.
Madge’s musical rival Lady Gaga was no match in a comparatively conservative gown by Brandon Maxwell. The only meat here was her upper thigh peeking through a slit.
Rihanna also went decidedly more prim in a pink Cinderella gown from Giambattista Valli. But the bottom tulle portion looked as if a giant wind could have sent her flying.
Taylor Swift’s got legs and knew how to use them in a cobalt Elie Saab.
Shocker! Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus chose the ultimate safe color, black. Cyrus hammered more nails into Hannah Montana’s coffin with a sexy cutout by Proenza Schouler. Stefani wowed in a strapless Versace Atelier capri jumpsuit with a Spider-Woman theme up top. Minaj looked serious in a class act by Tom Ford. Jennifer Hudson also chose Tom Ford; hers was white, strapless and perfectly complemented an adorable pixie cut.
Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler, who appears in two Sia videos, arrived with the singer; they both inexplicably channeled Andy Warhol in oversized shaggy white wigs.
Nick Jonas may have picked out his gray and yellow plaid suit by Versace before he got so buff. It was way too tight. Plus pairing it with untied sneakers just didn’t cut the mustard.
Ariana Grande also wore Versace — white with some sort of silver draping in front. Her main accessories were the Barbie ponytail and boyfriend Big Sean, suave in Yves Saint Laurent.
I Need A Dollar rapper Aloe Blacc was able to pull off mixing navy and black in a Sand Copenhagen tux, topped off with a cool bowler hat.
Pharrell Williams did it again: refused to wear slacks. His gray “tuxedo” was by Adidas. “I usually wear shorts,” he told Ryan Seacrest. “That’s just like my thing.”
Charlie XCX was one of the boys in a white tuxedo and pink bow by Moschino. “I hate boring fashion so I wanted to do something ’80s and fabulous,” she told the Associated Press. “I like unpredictable.”
More unpredictability: Katy Perry, in a purple wig, squeezed into a flapper style shimmery dress by Zuhair Murad. “I just want to shine like a diamond,” she said. We get it.
Rocking a bob, Kim Kardashian didn’t care if critics didn’t like her bathrobe-style John Paul Gaultier.
“I love how sparkly it is,” she said.
Hey, at least it covered up her assets, unlike the assets of someone else in the room.
Leanne Italie from the Associated Press contributed to this report.