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There is red carpet fashion — then there is Grammys red carpet fashion.
Music’s biggest night has always been known for its over-the-top stunts (Lady Gaga arriving in a pod) and cutting-edge looks (J.Lo’s cut-down-to-there gown).
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In advance of the awards show’s milestone 65th anniversary — which airs Sunday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. ET on CBS — here’s a look at some of the most talked-about style moments from years past. And make sure to check back here for all of our post-Grammy coverage.
The original over-the-top style icon, Cher never disappoints. At the 1974 Grammys, the singer wore a sheer flowing top, harem pants and a bikini-style bandeau adorned with a sequined butterfly. To crown the look, a matching butterfly clip held back her long jet-black locks.
Michael Jackson, 1984
The King of Pop drew attention — and, at the time, a record-breaking eight awards — at the 26th Grammys. Jackson wore a military-style sequined jacket with epaulets, aviator glasses and his signature white glove (sequined, of course).
Jennifer Lopez, 2000
When it comes to top award show style moments, Jennifer Lopez’s jaw-dropping Versace gown worn to the 42nd Grammys wins hands down. The sheer emerald chiffon number that plunged open to below her navel made headlines around the world — and changed red carpet fashion expectations forever.
Bette Midler, 1975
Even in 1975, Bette Midler understood the assignment. At the 17th annual awards show, the Divine Miss M wore a classy black sequined gown with an actual 45 record —“ ‘Come Go With Me’ by the Del-Vikings,” she announced — as a hat.
Grace Jones, 1983
Grace Jones brought her avant-garde style to a new level at the show’s 25th anniversary. The “Slave to the Rhythm” singer donned a black Issey Miyake leather dress with an umbrella-shaped hat accented by bold futuristic makeup.
Alicia Keys, 2004
Keys gave new meaning to “dress-casual” at the 2004 Grammys. For the 46th show, the “Fallin’ ” songstress wore a fancy flowing gown-style top paired with casual jeans and high heels.
Mary J. Blige, 1996
At the 38th annual Grammy Awards, Mary J. Blige sported a head-to-toe leopard print jumpsuit complete with hood, black glasses and leather gloves. The extra bling? Her award for best rap performance by a duo.
Cardi B, 2019
Remember when Icelandic artist Björk wore a swan dress to the 2001 Academy Awards?
Well, Cardi B one-upped her in this vintage Givenchy number. The rapper hit the Grammy red carpet dressed as a human pearl in Mugler Couture’s pink satin and black velvet Venus oyster shell ensemble, topped with a pearl “hat.”
Lady Gaga, 2016
Subtle she is not. In 2016, Lady Gaga wore a bold Marc Jacobs blue embroidered gown and red wig inspired by David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” look. A mega-fan, Gaga’s six-minute musical tribute to the late star’s life included “Fame,” “Under Pressure” and “Let’s Dance.”
The Material Girl channeled a well-dressed matador at the 57th Grammys with a custom black-and-white Givenchy bustier dress, fishnet stockings and chic veiled hat. The megastar pushed the envelope even further with over-the-knee black lace-up boots complete with nail heels.