The Grammy Awards are not just about music but also offer the stars of the music industry a chance to shine.

As the guests arrived at the ceremony Sunday evening, it became clear that many were out to turn heads. The Staples Center in Los Angeles came alive with bold shapes and statement pieces, alongside more elegant tailoring and paired-down chic.

Among the more outlandish looks, Cardi B’s iconic dress from Mugler Couture’s Fall 1995 collection stunned the crowd. Resembling a pearl emerging from an oyster, the star shuffled along the red carpet with the help of a sizable entourage.

 Elsewhere, Janelle Monáe arrived in a breathtaking Jean Paul Gaultier couture dress with pointed shoulders. She completed the dramatic, angular outfit with a wide-brimmed gold-and-white hat.

The Grammys red carpet also proved, once again, to be more political than its film and TV counterparts. Singer Joy Villa turned up in a dress scrawled with the message “Build the Wall” (complete with a spiked metal head piece and rings of barbed wire), and Ricky Rebel attended in a similarly blunt blue jacket sporting the messages “Keep America Great” and “Trump 2020.”

 

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