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 favorite free spirits, from Beyoncé to Rihanna to SZA and so many more. Take a look at some of our favorite 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 (worn atop sleek hair blown-out with Kenra Platinum Blow-Dry Spray, $22), 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 colors and accessories, Janelle Monáe adorned her slick part with embellishments and complemented her long, fluttery lashes (Eylure Luxe Silk Trillion false lashes) with a pop of teal liner on her lower lash line. Makeup artist Jessica Smalls lined her waterline with Buxom Cosmetics Hold the Line Waterproof Eyeliner in Ring My Bell and swept the Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in Twilight Tryst on top to make the color pop.
Cardi B is celebrating a huge breakout year tonight in a super-glam look featuring long Kiss USA Lash Couture 5th Avenue Collection in Grandeur Lashes (launching Tuesday), 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.
Kendrick contrasted a strong plaid pantsuit with romantic glam waves and a faint bronze cat eye which was created with Tom Ford's Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage ($85) to create to shape and some depth in the crease and around the lash line as well as Pat McGrath Labs Metalmorphosis 005 Everything Kit ($165) over the top.
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.
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.
Although we didn't get a peek at Beyoncé until she was seated in the audience, she made jaws drop (per usual) looking as though she'd just stepped off the set of Formation. Longtime makeup artist Sir John brushed up her brows with Glossier Boy Brow and blended the perfect bold purple-magenta lip using not two but three shades: L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in Strike A Matte-ch and a mix of both YSL Beauty Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in Fuchsia Intime & Carmine Encounter.
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 ($24) and Patina along with Nudestix's new Rock N' Roller Easy Eyeliner Ink in Bronze Patina ($24) 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. Unilever stylist Ursula Stephen prepped hair by cocktailing Tresemmé Thick & Full Balm ($5) with Suave Avocado + Olive Oil Smoothing Leave-in Conditioner ($3) and distributed it throughout before layering on Dove Style+Care Smooth and Shine Heat Protection Spray ($6).
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.