Pop stars and celebs at this year's Grammy Awards delivered a red carpet fashion jolt, for the most part bypassing those standard glamour gowns so popular at Golden Globes and likely at the Oscars, too, for over-the-top and sometimes wayyy-above-the-knee looks.
Everybody expected Lady Gaga to shock, and she did not disappoint in her Giorgio Armani Prive lunar fairy getup - almost indecently short in the front, long in the back. Complete with structured planetary rings and a magic wand, it almost looked spun out of cotton candy.
Jennifer Lopez also did half-short, half-long, though she looked a bit more normal in her silvery Versace. Fergie went for a tiny cobalt, strapless number by Emilio Pucci with a gold stripe snaking across and down. Miley Cyrus, too, donned a blue mini (Hervé Léger by Max Azria), this one slate, long-sleeved with peek-a-boo seams. Jennifer Hudson looked sleek and swell in Victoria Beckham's black-banded mini dress and "Glee" star Lea Michele also wore black, a one-shouldered Romona Keveza mini with a shredded skirt. Heidi Klum went nude - well almost - in a tiny, flesh-colored, sequin-embellished long-sleeved frock also by Pucci.
Grammy "It" girl Beyoncé also opted for nude, but she chose to go long, though her Stephane Rolland showed off many of her assets.
Katy Perry, too, picked a flesh-colored and body-hugging gown, this one by Zac Posen, adorned with loads of metal flowers. Taylor Swift shimmered in an off-the-shoulder, futuristic, midnight blue-sequin gown that fit great but smacked a tiny bit of "Star Trek." Rihanna was power goddess in a white sculptural Elie Saab - kind of angelic - with big shoulders, a cutout back and frayed front ruffles. It was hard to judge if Ciara was wearing a mini, leotard, lacy pants or skirt - her Givenchy outfit was fun, but very quirky. And quirky barely begins to describe Britney Spears' sheer getup.
Boys will be boys - sometimes. Drama king Adam Lambert had an Elvis-meets-Morticia Addams look in sequin tux jacket, long bow tie and tons of guyliner. But mostly it was low-key. Guys like Jason Mraz and the boys in Linkin Park donned slim suits, dark shirts and ties; Akon wore a Lady Gaga T-shirt. Leather jackets were acceptable - Ricky Martin and Justin Bieber wore them. Then there were the swoon-worthy dapper dudes - Common, LL Cool J, Usher and Maxwell - in swanky suits.