In the world of award season, if the Oscars are the sophisticated older sister, the Grammys are the younger, audacious and free-spirited sibling. It's the show where stars experiment with their looks, echoing their respective music genres and turning up the volume on their style as loud as their fans play their albums. It's birthed iconic looks referenced in pop culture hundreds of times over (here's looking at you, J.Lo's 2000 Versace dress and Lady Gaga's egg moment.) So while it may not be as prim as its award show counterparts, it's a celebration of musical expression—dissonance, consonance and all.
This year, we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of our favourite free spirits, from Beyoncé to Rihanna to SZA and so many more. Take a look at some of our favourite looks of the night.
One of the first to arrive at the red carpet outside Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lady Gaga stunned in a strong glittery graphic eye created with Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc'er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Blacquer and Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition dusted up to the brow bone. But the momentous element of her beauty look is the laced-up hairdo aligning with her overall Victorian Gothic theme. She's also wearing two white roses, which eventgoers are wearing as a symbol of solidarity to support the movement against sexual harassment and assault.
Lana Del Ray is positively ethereal in a pearlescent mauve lip and a simple cat eye, but the most notable element of her look is the constellation of stars on her headpiece, which echoes the embellishments in her flowing gown.
Wearing one of her signature looks, Cavallari chose a relaxed ponytail to accompany her bronze smoky eye.
Never one to shy away from bold colours and accessories, Janelle Monáe adorned her slick part with embellishments and complemented her long, fluttery lashes with a pop of teal liner on her lower lash line. Makeup artist Jessica Smalls lined her waterline and swept the Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in Twilight Tryst (£8) on top to make the colour pop.
Cardi B is celebrating a huge breakout year tonight in a super-glam look featuring long lashes, shimmery gold lids, and a loose updo framed with wavy tendrils.
This bright teal smoky eye was practically made for Hailee Steinfeld. The singer kept her hair simple with a side-swept 'do crafted with long, loose waves.
Ora modernised Old Hollywood glam with slicked-back waves, exposed roots, glossy lids, and a deep red-brown lip.
Ever the statement maker, Lauper's pastel hair works as an extension of the florals in her suit.
Kesha's Twiggy-esque lashes are the center of an otherwise pared-down look of shaggy, loose waves and a natural lip.
We're getting Havana vibes from Camila's loosely pulled-back style with a creamy nude lip to accent her fiery form-fitting gown.
Clarkson's reinvented French braid is making us do a double take. The looped and knotted 'do is sure to end up on every wedding hair Pinterest board.
Makeup artist Mary Phillips wanted to give Chrissy a "glam with an edge" look and created a rock 'n' roll eye with Nudestix Magnetic Luminous Eye Color in Rustique (£17) and Patina along with dark bronze liner rolled along the lashes to help them look fuller.
Shying away from her usual loose curls, Holmes wore a glossy, retro finger-waved updo and stunning metallic mauve smoky eye.
The supermodel stuck to her traditional go-to: bronzed skin, a glimmery bronze smoky eye and a nude lip.
Bebe Rexha traded in her long beachy waves for a short styled bob, and we think the singer has never looked better.
SZA may not have won any awards from the five categories she was nominated for (a true crime if you ask us), but she certainly won our vote for best Grammys glam with her beautiful long curls and her ultra-glossy lips.
The winner of Best New Artist may have planned her metallic gold lids and large gold hoops to match her forthcoming gramophone.
The singer kept her look simple with a slicked pixie and a moody, deep smoky eye.
Michaels is a vision with bright lavender lids to mirror her dreamy gown.