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Grammys 2019: Cardi B, Kylie Jenner, Katy Perry and More Unique Red Carpet Outfits

The 2019 Grammys once again delivered on its promise of a rambunctious red carpet as pop stars gathered for the biggest musical awards ceremony of the year. The Oscars appears tame and beige by comparison, and even the music awards themselves seem secondary to the exhibition of extravagance that invariably occurs. Who will be more memorable, the winner of the best song of the year, or the one who arrived dressed up as a giant, haute-couture oyster?

01 Cardi B Grammys Cardi B, wearing archive Mugler, arrives for the 61st annual Grammy Awards with Offset. Valerie Macon/AFP 02 Cardi B Grammys performing Cardi B performs onstage during the 61st annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Any initial problems Cardi B faced while walking the red carpet can be put down to the price of fashion. Wearing vintage Mugler Couture and adorned with pearls, the pop star’s resemblance to a glamorous oyster—via a reference to Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus—was unmissable in every sense, and caused a Twitter storm (along with many other comparisons, from a coffee filter to a tower of fancy chocolates).

When Cardi B performed onstage later, she had transformed into a leopard-spotted peacock—add in the touch of tongues with her husband Offset for the cameras and there could be no doubt: as ever, the headlines were all hers.

Other celebrities seemed keen to continue Cardi B’s under-the-sea theme—at least that's the generous interpretation—apparently taking inspiration from unknown forms of coral and jellyfish. In the case of Katy Perry, however, who uploaded a photo of herself to Instagram simply with the caption ‘Balmain,’ as if to reassure her audience that her pink puff dress really was high-fashion—some perceived an uncanny similarity to a 1970s toilet roll holder.

03 Katy Perry Grammys Katy Perry. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 04 Bebe Rexha Grammys Bebe Rexha. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images GettyImages-1128792347 Andra Day. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Kylie Jenner also wore Balmain, but went for an altogether different look: even if it’s equally hard to say what exactly that look was. The odd, looping shape of her pink onesie—gloves and all—was only accentuated by the straight-forward black suit her boyfriend Travis Scott was wearing by her side.

Jenner’s outfit seemed to play on another red-carpet fashion trend: excess material. St. Vincent in particular looked like she’d become unwittingly entangled in a pair of classy curtains.

04 Kylie Jenner Grammys Kylie Jenner kisses Travis Scott and poses in Balmain. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images 06 Heidi Klum Grammys Heidi Klum. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 07 St Vincent Grammys St. Vincent in Giambattista Valli Couture. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images 09 Hennessy Carolina Grammys Hennessy Carolina. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Janelle Monáe—whose performance of “Make Me Feel” was widely praised—set herself apart from the rest of crowd with a feathery dress that had razor-sharp shoulders—falling somewhere between alien and angelic.  Besides, the shoulders look almost ordinary compared to the arms of Hennessy Carolina, above.

11 Janelle Monae Grammys Janelle Monáe. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images 12 Meghan Trainor Grammys Meghan Trainor. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Women weren’t the only ones to leave their mark on the red carpet, however. Male musicians like Post Malone, Leon Bridges and Anderson.Paak donned idiosyncratic suits—with mixed results.

13 Post Malone Grammys suits Post Malone. Neilson Barnard, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 14 Anderson Paak Grammys Anderson.Paak and guest. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 14 Fantastic Negrito Grammys Fantastic Negrito poses with his award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 15 Leon Bridges Grammys Texas suit Leon Bridges, winner of the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance, wears a customized Bode suit referencing his home state of Texas and his own music. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Older celebrities, perhaps with less to prove, adopted more classical styles. J-Lo’s jewels could hardly be called understated, but it’s certainly a lot less than her iconic tropical print dress from 2000, with a neckline that went down to her waistline. Diana Ross's scarlet batwing chiffon was another case of "hardly understated, but classic Miss Ross."

15 Jennifer Lopez Jennifer Lopez. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images GettyImages-1097514068 Dionne Warwick. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 16 Diana Ross Grammys Diana Ross performs onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Meanwhile, Diana Ross's daughter-in-law Ashlee Simpson locked lips on the red carpet with her husband Evan Ross. 

17 Ashlee Simpson Grammys Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

We end this gallery with some of the blatant attention-seeking red carpet outfits worn by both serious up-and-coming artists and those who are known mostly for a fashion sense best described as "Please look at me."

18 Tierra Whack Grammys Tierra Whack. Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 19 Saint Heart Grammys Saint Heart. Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy 22 Jeannie Mai Grammys Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images 23 Joy Villa Joy Villa. Valerie Macon/AFP

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