Rihanna, pictured here on the red carpet in custom Armani Prive, performed “Princess of China” with Coldplay.
Corinne Bailey Rae, pictured here in Christian Siriano, won ‘Best R&B Performance’ for her song ‘Is This Love.’
Adele stole the night—pictured here in a sleek custom Armani Prive gown—winning six categories including record of the year for ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ and album of the year for ‘21.’
Amber Rose glowed in her canary Versace gown while accompanying her beau Wiz Khalifa, who was nominated for ‘Best Rap Performance’ for his anthem ‘Black and Yellow.’
Fergie showed some skin (and undergarments) in Jean Paul Gaultier.
Katy Perry, pictured here in a beautiful beaded Elie Saab dress, performed her new song ‘Part of Me,’ allegedly inspired by her split from husband Russell Brand.
Taylor Swift stunned in Zuhair Muhad. She won ‘Best Country Song,’ for ‘Mean.’
Kelly Rowland, pictured here in a simple Alberta Ferretti gown, was nominated for her song ‘Motivation’ in the ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’ category.
Sasha Gradiva made herself known on the red carpet by accessorizing a Leonid Gurevich gown with a bunch of guns.
Diana Ross was honored at the 2012 Grammy Awards with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’
Jessie J in Julien Macdonald.
Nicki Minaj took a cue from Lady Gaga and went for a shocking, custom Vercace gown (if we can call it that.)
Bonnie Mckee sports an out-of-this-world dress that is so much so, we have no idea who designed it.
Snooki looked too casual, however slim, in this black Bebe dress.
Alicia Keys—walking the red carpet in a little black dress with a gold flair—performed a tribute to Etta James with Bonnie Raitt.
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Let’s face it — we tune in to The Grammy Awards each year not only to see the stars perform, but also to see who’s got the most style, creativity, and the audacity to wear the memorable gowns and garments that viewers will be talking about for years to come (see Jennifer Lopez in 2000).
Some artists take advantage of the occasion for self-promoting absurdity, (Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, both in custom Versace this year) — while very few score a coveted spot on a ‘best dressed’ list (see Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Amber Rose on Stylelist). Regardless of what side of the lists they fall into — best or worst — these women made fashion statements at the 2012 Grammy Awards.