IN PICTURES | 2019 Grammys red carpet: sexy looks & strange get-ups

Music's A-list went back to red carpet basics for the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. That means sex appeal, lots of trouser suits and rock-star glamour

11 February 2019 - 08:53 By AFP
Cardi B wore a dramatic vintage Thierry Mugler couture gown on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Cardi B wore a dramatic vintage Thierry Mugler couture gown on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Image: Steve Granitz/WireImage

In 2018, the Grammys red carpet was full of stars wearing white roses in support of gender equality.

This year, with women better represented among the nominees on music's biggest night, music's A-list went back to red carpet basics Sunday. That means sex appeal, lots of trouser suits and rock-star glamour.

And for others ... it means pro-Trump attire.

Here are some takeaways from the red carpet on Grammys night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, US:

RED-HOT GLAMOUR

Host (and 15-time Grammy winner) Alicia Keys had promised the "sickest" gala ever, with lots of red-hot performances. But there was a lot of red-hot fashion as well.

The Girl on Fire singer brought the heat in a plunging V-neck red Armani gown, with button detailing down the front.

Country legend Dolly Parton showcased her signature voluptuous figure in a short red dress with an asymmetrical hemline.

Dolly Parton on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Dolly Parton on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Bebe Rexha attends the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10 2019 in Los Angeles, US.
Bebe Rexha attends the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10 2019 in Los Angeles, US.
Image: Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

And Bebe Rexha, who went on a social media tirade over designers who refused to dress her because she was "too big" — fluttered onto the carpet in a cloud of red tulle.

PINK PRINCESSES

Rap's woman of the moment, Cardi B, made quite an entrance in a dramatic vintage Thierry Mugler couture gown that erupted from a dark mermaid skirt in a fan of pale pink pleats behind her.

Elbow-length gloves and a cone of pearls atop her head finished the look — Cardi B brought her fashion A-game.

Sultry Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello, who opened the ceremony with her mega-hit Havana, went for something simpler — she glittered in a sparkly high-neck, long-sleeve, but backless, pink Armani gown.

Offset and Cardi B on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Offset and Cardi B on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Camila Cabello on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Camila Cabello on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Post Malone on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Post Malone on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Country star Kacey Musgraves, already twice a winner on Sunday in the early portion of the awards ceremony, opted for an ultra-feminine strapless pale pink gown with a fan bodice and a darker sash.

Men can rock pink as well, as nominated rapper Post Malone showed — in a full pink suit with glittering stars all over it.

PANTS ARE HOT (NOT HOT PANTS)

The women of music came ready to play — and for top female nominee Brandi Carlile, pop star Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor and others, that means trousers.

Carlile rocked a smart tuxedo-style suit with a long coat while Trainor opted for a white jumpsuit with a deep neckline.

Miley Cyrus on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Miley Cyrus on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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Meghan Trainor on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Meghan Trainor on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama earned a screaming ovation when she made a surprise appearance at the start of the show in a gunmetal pantsuit with a kimono-like jacket.

"Music has always helped me tell my story," Obama said to cheers alongside Keys, Lady Gaga, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and music mega-star Jennifer Lopez.

HATS!

You don't see too many hats on other showbiz red carpets during awards season at the start of each year, but the Grammys style parade is in a league of its own.

Pop futurist Janelle Monae led the charge with her jaunty angled golden flying saucer hat, while Lopez (above) made a statement in a wide-brimmed hat that for many resembled one worn by First Lady Melania Trump last year.

Janelle Monae on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Janelle Monae on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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On the men's side, funk legend George Clinton — who is receiving a lifetime achievement award — wore a futuristic helmet that made it somewhat hard for him to see.

THE WALL (NOT THE ONE BY PINK FLOYD)

Showbiz is generally unkind to Donald Trump, but a few with Grammys invitations have used the red carpet to show their love for the Republican president — and boost their social media profiles.

Singer Joy Villa wore a red, white and blue Make America Great Again gown in 2017. This year, she went for a statement about Trump's plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico: "BUILD THE WALL" was scrawled in red on her white gown, with a brick pattern ... like a wall.

Singer Ricky Rebel on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Singer Ricky Rebel on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Image: Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Joy Villa on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Joy Villa on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
Image: Amy Sussman/FilmMagic

Ricky Rebel looked like he had repurposed Villa's gown from two years ago, arriving in a red, white and blue Trump-MAGA jacket.


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