Rihanna and Alicia Keys both wore the same shoes by Christian Louboutin, and opted for sober, elegant black creations; Rhianna dressing down in Giorgio Armani and Keys in Alexandre Vauthier couture. Gwyneth Paltrow also took a low-key approach in a shoulder-baring Stella McCartney gown.
However the Grammy red carpet is known for being the place where the great and good of the music industry can unleash their inner fashion crazy - think Katy Perry in Giorgio Armani with angel wings, or Lady Gaga's egg costume last year, and although most of the stars toned it down for the 54th edition, there was still a touch of the outlandish.
Black Eyed Peas front woman Fergie wore a revealing orange Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown with black bra and pants peeking through beneath, while rapper Nicki Minaj wore a one-off red satin Versace robe with the label's signature Medusa head embellished across the front.
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