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Stories of 6 iconic images throughout the history of the Grammy: from Cher to Rihanna

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Today, on the night of April 3-4, the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony will take place, which will bring together the main representatives of the music industry. But we are watching this event not only to find out who will receive the coveted award. In its 64 years of existence, the Grammy Carpet has become an arena for fashion shows. And if on Oscars dress code is more traditional, the music award gives complete freedom to the imagination.

That is why every year the red carpet becomes brighter, more outrageous and frank. For example, last year we sang ode to male characters – Harry Styles in a Gucci leather jacket on a naked body, rapper DaBaby in a snow-white Chanel suit, BTS in a restrained but stylish Louis Vuitton. And the girls did not lag behind – only Dua Lipa in the evening changed three images (and all Versace). What the artists will surprise us with this time, we can only guess.

As we count down the hours before the ceremony, we invite you to recall the iconic images throughout the Grammy story.


Cher in a top with a butterfly (1974)

Cher, 1974 (Photo: Getty Images)

In the 1970s, Cher’s popularity grew at a furious rate. Her songs topped the music charts, her film roles won status awards, and her red carpet appearances were seen as a separate art form. One of the iconic images was at the Grammys. In 1974, the singer appeared in a white top with a butterfly embroidered with sequins (by the way, the same element was on Cher’s hairstyle) and a translucent cape.

By the way, almost four decades later, this image was repeated by another diva with Armenian roots – Kim Kardashian. In general, she was often inspired and quoted Cher’s iconic outfits.

Kim Kardashian (Photo: Getty Images)

R’n’B-trio TLC in Dolce & Gabanna custom (1996)

TLC, 1996 (Photo: Getty Images)

In 1996, the band won Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duet or Band. The trio came for the award in a white total bow – pants with chiffon inserts on the low waist, satin tops and, of course, sneakers.

The image of girls was much ahead of its time and influenced not only the tradition of red carpets, but also the ways to express their femininity. The costumes for TLC were created by Dolce & Gabanna and perfectly combined street style rebellion and elegance.


Britney Spears in Randolph Duke (2000)

Britney Spears, 2000 (Photo: Getty Images)

At the very beginning of zeros Britney Spears was the queen of the pop scene, a style icon and role model. Each of her new exits was watched with bated breath. One of these happened in 2000 at the Grammy Awards. Then came the cult album Oops! Did I Did It Again, Britney herself was only 18 years old, but she has already been announced in the main nominations. And despite the fact that Spears left without an award that evening, the image of the singer went down in history forever. She appeared on the Grammy carpet in a luxurious white Randolph Duke dress, complemented by an Oscar de la Renta fur cape. All of this was remotely reminiscent of the Marilyn Monroe era and very different from anything we were used to seeing Britney.

Not surprisingly, this image of the main diva of the zeros has been quoted more than once. One of the brightest is Lizzo’s appearance at the same Grammy Award. Then she stepped onto the carpet in a Versace corset dress with a snow-white cape.

Lizzo (Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Jay Lo in Versace (2000)

Jennifer Lopez (Photo: Scott Gries / ImageDirect)

The 2000 award gave us another image, which then justifiably received the title of cult. It’s about the release of Jennifer Lopez in a blue-green Versace dress with an extreme neckline, which was initially considered extremely unsuccessful and hastened to add to all sorts of ratings worst dressed. 20 years later, she repeated this image, appearing in it at the Versace show.

Jennifer Lopez at the Versace show

Lady Gaga in Armani Privé Space (2010)

Lady Gaga 2010 (Photo: Larry Busacca / Getty Images for NARAS)

Lady Gaga absolutely deservedly bears the title of the most outrageous singer XXI century. Her images are always a wild mix of cosmic silhouettes, unexpected elements and, of course, shoes on a crazy platform. In 2010, at her Grammy debut, Gaga appeared in a light purple Armani Privé dress with rings on her skirt that resembled planetary orbits.


Rihanna at Giambattista Valli Couture (2015)

Rihanna 2015 (Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Seven years ago, audacious and outrageous Rihanna appeared at the music awards in an unexpectedly romantic way. For the red carpet, the singer chose a gorgeous pink dress Giambattista Valli Couture. This release of Riri almost immediately became almost the most discussed event of the award. And all because of the size of the dress – it was so big that when everyone took their seats in the hall, from a height you could only see Rihanna. A huge number of memes appeared on the Internet at once, and digital creators ironically compared themselves to Rihanna, and everyone else with ex-boyfriends. In short, the dress went down in history. Although not quite the traditional way.

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