You can always count on musicians to bring a sense of personal style to the red carpet. At the 2022 Grammy Awards on Sunday night, we saw corsets, Crocs, and multiple shades of dyed hair. Ariana Grande decided to skip the ceremony this year, but there was still plenty of star power to go around, with Billie Eilish, BTS, and Lil Nas X all present. Pepto Bismol pink seemed to be the color of the night thanks in part to Valentino. Attendees also seemed to be inspired by the ’90s, with chokers, pointy up-dos, and tiny Matrix sunglasses. All in all, whatever rules celebrities normally follow for award shows were nowhere to be found — and thank goodness for that! Each arrival offered another surprise. (And in Doja Cat’s case, a puff of vape smoke as well.) It did feel a little bit like everyone was at their own, very different event. But at least that made things slightly more interesting. Below, the best, most outrageous looks from the night.
Most Innovative Way to Wear a Coat: Billie Eilish in Rick Owens
Billie Eilish so often wears Gucci, it was nice to see her try a different brand for a change — and one that you don’t see too often on the red carpet, like Rick Owens. It’s also not often that you see people wear their coats like this, but maybe it’s time to cut a hole in mine and give it a try.
Most Maleficent: Olivia Rodrigo in Vivienne Westwood
This look says: “Screw that; screw you.” Good 4 Olivia.
Best Footwear: Questlove and Justin Bieber in Crocs
Questlove, who won a Grammy for his documentary, Summer of Soul, has worn Crocs on the red carpet before. (See: his gold pair at the Oscars last year.) But these are an extra-special collaboration between the brand and footwear designer Salehe Bembury. Justin Bieber also isn’t just wearing any old Crocs; these are Balenciaga Crocs.
Best Corsage: V From BTS in Louis Vuitton
This look makes me so happy. The colors are lovely, especially with the bright purple shirt, and the craftsmanship of the paper flowers makes the ones from Power of the Dog seem lame by comparison. V wasn’t the only one wearing an oversize corsage, either — Billie Eilish’s brother, Finneas, also wore one with his purple Gucci suit. Let’s make it a trend.
Best Substitute for a Tie: Jack Antonoff in Chanel
I guess when you’re (allegedly) dating a Chanel ambassador, you get a little pin, at the very least. Is this Margaret Qualley’s influence at work?
Best Accessory: Megan Thee Stallion’s Hair Brush
Let’s give a round of applause to all the people working behind-the-scenes on the red carpet, who in this case, got to be next-to-the-scene.
Most Likely to Win at Mario Kart: Tayla Parx
I have no idea who these people are, or what they are wearing/doing, but they make me want to run over to my friend’s house and play Mario Kart as Bowser. Or go to a rave.
Best Going-Out Top: Lenny Kravitz
Now this is how real rock stars dress. And Paris Hilton.
Best Donatella Impression: Dua Lipa in Versace
When Donatella Versace first wore this bondage-inspired look in 1992, everybody took notice. Her brother designed it as part of his “Miss S&M” collection, and it’s still relevant all these years later. Kim Kardashian wore a similar vintage piece from the collection to the Met Gala after-party in 2018, but Dua Lipa was an uncanny Donatella lookalike on Sunday.
Most Likely to Make Awkward Noises When She Walks: Tinashe in GCDS
I appreciate that Tinashe wore an unusual fabric on the red carpet, and she looks so sweet in this color. But I can only imagine what it must sound like shuffling around in this dress all night … In a room full of people with good ears, maybe they’ll appreciate the effect.
Most Shameless Product Placement: Doja Cat
Maybe she just doesn’t want to listen to the ceremony so she brought her headphones with her. But something tells me that is not the case.
Classiest: Lady Gaga in Giorgio Armani
Considering the looks that Gaga has worn to the Grammys in the past, this one is decidedly understated. But she’s still dressed like the star that she is.
Biggest Sleeves: St. Vincent in Gucci
If she goes out to dinner afterwards, I really hope there are no candles on the tables.
Happiest Color: Japanese Breakfast in Valentino Couture and Fry Powers Jewelry
I dare you to look at this image and not smile.
Most Ready for a Bridgerton Ball: Lil Nas X in Balmain
Honestly, I would watch that.
The Forever Greatest: Joni Mitchell
The fact that she’s matched her beret to her necklace, her nail polish, shoes, and cane is inspiring. And is that an Issey Miyake Pleats Please overcoat? Plus pigtails?? This look is unbeatable, but no one should be surprised.