In contrast to businesses like Hollywood and Broadway, musicians are often encouraged to be as outlandish and possible, and while many stars still opt to show off their class in a creative way, this year’s Grammy red carpet also seemed like a competition for the worst dressed lists.
Between the garish gothic gowns and the confusing frocks that left viewers wondering where they began and ended, the offerings at this year’s show were nothing less than the fashion equivalent of a grand piano falling down a flight of stairs.
An early frightening faux pas was offered by singer Manika, 22, who showed her Las Vegas roots with a kitschy sheer gown that left essentially nothing to the imagination – made up purely of mesh with rhinestone fringing over top a nude bra and thong.
Baring it all (and then some): Singer Joy Villa wore a very risque ensemble which showed off far too much skin
Caged in: Z LaLa wore what looked like a black spider’s web around her torso – and seemed to be channeling some classic Cher (pictured right) at the 1986 Academy Awards
Nothing to see here: Singer Manika, 22, gave photographers an eyeful with a sheer body suit that left nothing to the imagination
She finished off the look with a pair of glittering ankle boots and was sure to turn and give the photographers a big eyeful of her exposed behind.
Jes Brieden, 41, brought total confusion to the carpet by sporting a gown that wasted a long, bead-embellished skirt nude skirt with a black sheer skirt over it with a strange paneled structure protruding from her hip.
The vamped look was made even more odd by an uneven collection of feathers about the bodice.
Speaking of the more gothic side of things, ambient singer Jacqueline Van Bierk could have been a villainous counterpart to Batman in her sheer bodysuit with teardrop embroidery barely covering her modesty topped with a massive black cape attached by mesh leaf-shaped nets extending over her shoulders.
The woeful ensemble was made even worse with huge black plastic wrist cuffs, a spiked black clutch and hot pink sandal platform shoes.
When embellishments go very wrong… Cameroonian pop singer Dencia appears to have gone a bit crazy with her glue gun before the event began, arriving on the red carpet in a pink onesie which was covered in crystals – and plush Hello Kitty dolls
Let’s hope she doesn’t step on any toes! Even the singer’s shoes were covered in a collection of beads, sequins and scary-looking spikes
The night’s supervillain: Ambient singer Jacqueline Van Bierk looked as though she should be cackling atop an evil lair at Batman in this horrifying sheer bodysuit and cape mix
What’s going on there? Jes Brieden, 41, had far too many additions to this outfit, from the sheer cape over the embellished half gown to the feathered bodice and the strange structure protruding from one side
Not so pretty in purple: Megan Nicole looked a bit too sicky sweet in this poofy lilac number, while singer Diamond White was more tacky than sexy, showing off far too much flesh in her mesh number
23-year-old electro-pop singer Z LaLa was channeling some Cher in a front-less black crocodile patent skirt held together with a corded bodice that looked like the Alien extending slimy arms around her shoulders, topped with a huge black headpiece.
YouTube singing star Megan Nicole looked far younger than her 22 years with a hot purple iridescent dress that would look far less out of place at a homecoming dance instead of the music business’ biggest awards ceremony.
Elle King, singer and daughter of comedy actor Rob Schneider, could not have been less flattered by her dress’s mass of lace and fringe that drowned her gorgeous curves in over-the-top embroidery.
Songstress Andra Day, 31, tried to channel vintage glamour but came out too over the top with her ill-fitting green mermaid tail dress paired with outrageous long nails and fluffy white faux fur stole and strappy heels.
Not a great fit: Songstress Andra Day, 31, was not flattered by this ill-fitting green mermaid tail gown, matched with fluffy faux fur stole and strappy sandals
Not for the occasion: Half of The Kills, Alison Mosshart, kept it too casual with her unkempt locks and black jeans paired with a bomber
Top to bottom disaster: Producer Shawn Everett, the winner of the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Sound & Color, sported one of the most perplexing looks of the night in order to promote Save the Arctic
Don’t eat that yellow snow: Cam, 31, could have made a slightly better color choice with this otherwise lovely gown
Alison Mosshart, one half of American rock duo The Kills and member of Dead Weather, was looking far too casual for the event in black jeans and a bomber jacket with her trademark unkempt hairstyle not helping any.
Producer Shawn Everett, the winner of the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Sound & Color, simply had way too much going on with his outfit, including a matching check suit jacket and vest with an untucked white shirt.
Underneath that, the producer had a graphic tunic and leggings on with images of eyes, globes and trees emblazoned with Save the Arctic.
Country music singer Cam, 31, was close to being an elegant hit with her simple gown with a ruffled train if it hadn’t been for the color choice. With the bright yellow upper part of the dress seemingly flowing into a white train, it appeared more than a bit like a stream of urine tarnishing a bank of fresh white snow.
Having a laugh: The Mavericks were a little inconsistent with their stylishness, with members Paul Deakin (left) and Eddie Perez (right) looking appropriately rock and roll while bandmate Jerry Dale McFadden (center) looked the spitting image of The Joker