Eh, no offense, but the Grammy Awards are kind of the most boring music award show. Besides the Milli Vanilli lip sync scandal of 1990 (which like, doesn’t even count because that was basically 100 years ago), the Grammys are usually relatively scandal-free. The VMAs seriously get all the good drama. Anyway, it’s still a pretty decent chance to talk shit, because there are always going to be a few guaranteed heinous outfits. In honor of the upcoming 60th Grammy Awards, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and rip on some of the ugliest outfits to ever grace the Grammys red carpet.
Katy Perry, 2017
Katy Perry is one of those celebrities that most people dislike, but can’t exactly explain why. She was super likable at the beginning of her career when she was wearing cupcakes as clothing, but somewhere along the line, she became totally unbearable. I think this dress may have been that turning point.
Iggy Azalea, 2015
Iggy’s dress isn’t necessarily horrible, but this hairstyle is another story. As you’ll probably remember (if your brain is filled with memes instead of useful information, like mine), this braid sparked tons of memes, comparing Iggy’s head to everything from a bird’s nest to a loaf of challah. Honestly, I’m craving a Panera broccoli cheddar bread bowl just looking at this.
Nicki Minaj, 2012
In 2012, Nicki Minaj wore a very confusing Versace cape and took a dude dressed as the Pope as her date. I’m assuming she had a reason for dressing like this to the Grammys, but this was six years ago, and if I can’t remember it, it’s irrelevant by now.
Taylor Swift, 2008
In 2008, the world was a better place. Taylor Swift didn’t have bangs yet and was still a sweet little country singer. Although I will cherish this year as the least annoying Swift year since she became famous, this red carpet look is tragic. It really screams “my parents are letting me go to prom with an upperclassmen this year, but my curfew is 9:30.”
— T (@LegionellaT) February 15, 2016
I have no idea who Dencia is, but when you Google her, her Wikipedia job description is “entrepreneur.” Does that mean she sells LipSense on Instagram? Anyway, she wore a onesie with stuffed Hello Kitty dolls hanging from it and bejeweled crotch wings. Goodbye.
Lady Gaga, 2010
I was really trying to avoid including Lady Gaga in this list, because the rules just like, don’t apply to her. If she wants to wear a meat dress, we’re going to let her wear a meat dress, and we’re not going to say anything about it. However, this dress should have been stopped. It’s just plain rude to go to a seated event decked out in spikes and hoops.
This dress is… a lot. It looks like a beach umbrella from CVS. I’m confused as to why M.I.A., who attended the 2009 Grammy Awards on her literal due date, would choose to wear a dress with as much fabric as physically possible while simultaneously trying to show off her baby bump.
Sheryl Crow, 2002
I got a feeling I’m not the only one who effing hates this outfit. Sheryl Crow’s 2002 outfit is exhausting to look at, so please just insert your own “Soak Up the Sun” joke in reference to her ugly frameless sunglasses. I’m not even going to dignify that cape or romper with a joke.
Joy Villa, 2017
At the 2017 Grammys, Joy Villa wore the fugliest dress that has ever graced a red carpet in award show history. Obviously, this was a publicity stunt, because nobody would wear a “Make America Great Again” gown unless they were super desperate for attention. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, because I still don’t know who the fuck Joy Villa is and needed to Google “Ugly Trump dress Grammys” to find out.