Monday, May 29, 2023

The Best (& Worst) Looks from the 2016 Grammy Awards

Last night, on the 15th of February, we witnessed the Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Centre in LA, with most stars stepping out in heart-stopping ensembles.

And, while others attended in wears we need to forgive them for, from a certain songstress’ mullet to another’s embellished PJs, we’ve listed all the most notable looks here below.

Take a look and then tell us which stars made your best and worst-dressed list.

Best Dressed



Skipping the red carpet and then surprising everyone with her choice of gown, megastar Beyoncé turned up onstage to present Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson with the Grammy for ‘Record Of The Year’ (for their hit, “Uptown Funk”), wearing a wedding gown by Inbal Dror.


Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s a wedding dress that’s thrown us, leaving us thinking it’s such an odd choice… but she slays (ok?) and of course looks good in this, and we’d marry her in less than a heartbeat.

Miguel & Nazanin Mandi


R’n’b singer Miguel always steps out looking as smooth as his vocals are, and last night at the 2016 Grammys there was no exception.

Rocking a suave pin-striped suit and open shirt, with his signature layering of jewels, the “Adorn You” star had us weak at the knees – but we didn’t get too carried away, as his fiancé Nazanin was his best accessory, and also looked super fine on the red carpet in her black bralet and skirt ensemble, highlighted with fiery red earrings.



Mother and top crooner, Brit singer Adele took to the red carpet in a glittering black number that skimmed her curves and revealed a more svelte figure.

We at SPICE love the Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by Riccardo Tisci, and we also like how the star joined Team Brows for the night, leaving the rest of her makeup look minimal.



If were 100% honest, Tean SPICE was split on where to put this look from Ciara, with some thinking the singer’s look was just way too revealing (the word used though, was thirsty). But out-voted, those nay-sayers will suffer CiCi on our best-dressed list, quite simply because of that body (!) and the simple styling around it.

Yes, the dress is looking like it’s falling from her limbs, and yes, there’s a lot on show… But we have to admire what we’re looking at plus respect the styling team who knew to do a sultry makeup look, minimal heels and simple hair. There was enough revealed to the eye without bells and whistles too.

Leon Bridges


26-year-old “Coming Home” singer, Leon Bridges stepped out looking sleek in a classic black suit and white shirt by Sandro Paris, keeping it dapper but with Western vibes.

We like the look and the twist he put to his classic outfit via that neckpiece accessory, and will be looking out for more red carpet appearances from the rising star this year too.

Lionel Richie


Even Lionel got it done with his fairly straight-forward look, doing all black and staying sharp.

Respect to this guy for knowing what works and therefore landing on our best-dressed list with apparent ease.



Also doing all-black-everything and nailing it, rapper-slash-actor, Common came to the Grammys and Team SPICE just swooned at the sight of him.

Florence Welch


Another British singer turned bombshell for the night, Florence Welch stepped out looking her fiercest yet, turning her ethereal style to the stars with a brilliant Gucci dress.

The maxi-number, with its cute pink hue was emblazoned with the moon, stars, a dragonfly and a bow, and we don’t think she could’ve picked a better dress to suit her style or her fiery locks. We love this.

Vanessa Simmons


Sharing some hosting duties with E! News, Vanessa Simmons (daughter of Run DMC star Russell Simmons) was ravishing on the carpet in her printed lemon ensemble.

We liked the deep V-cut and the front split, but mostly it was the hue – the way it lit up the red carpet and left her skin glowing.

The Weekend & Bella Hadid


Giving us pure couple goals, musician The Weekend (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) and his date, model Bella Hadid did the all-black look, with him rocking a suit and her pulling off a super-plunging gown with front split.

Bella may have gotten the edge though, matching her parting to the Alexandre Vauthier gown and by bedazzling her wrist with some diamonds too.


Chrissy Teigen & John Legend


The couple to watch though? Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who are expecting their first child, and who hit the red carpet at the Grammys in a monochrome collaboration.

We love how Chrissy glowed in her sparkling, caped ensemble and how her husband rocked a print like an absolute pro. These two always nail it!

Jazmine Sullivan


Singer Jazmine Sullivan stepped out with a dress that celebrated her curves and we love the look – especially its lacey, laser cut detailing.

Rocking this head-to-toe black ensemble along with a sleek centre-parted ‘do, Ms Sullivan slayed last night, but special points go to the silhouette, for its billowing sleeves and fishtail hem.

Taylor Swift


So while the world might not all be too happy about her Grammy win for Bad Blood, everyone can agree she worked hard with her style, debuting a cute cropped ‘do with a cropped top and skirt ensemble that came in two cool colours.

We like how the custom Versace look shows off her best assets – her pins and her toned abs – and that new bob is looking good, too.

Selena Gomez


Brunette singer Selena Gomez wore a shimmering Calvin Klein dress to the awards event, telling E! News‘ Ryan Seacrest that she picked it because she “wanted something simple like I would wear on a date”, adding that her date was Grammy winner Taylor Swift.

We like the way the gown fits but mostly, we’re having a thing for deep blue hues at the moment, hence she makes our list.

Whiz Khalifa


Wearing ‘It’ menswear designer, loved by stars like Kanye West, Whiz Khalifa turned up in Thom Browne and teetered dangerously on the edge of making our worst-dressed list – but, with his signature swagger seeping through the look, we reckon he pulled this one off quite well.

The borderline theatrical ensemble of the three-piece suit was balanced out by those Converse sneakers and the shades. And we’ve got love for a guy in dip-dyed locks, so well done to Whiz – we think this look bangs.

Worst Dressed



So we’re shocked that Zendaya’s ended up here on our list, but girl, the mullet… Please explain.

The DSquared2 trouser suit we weren’t blown away by, but with better hair, this look could’ve passed us by without question.

Sadly, we’re joining the internet and saying it’s a no – mostly in the back, but even in the front because as the face of Covergirl… we think we were expecting better.




Nigerian-Cameroonian singer, Dencia stepped out to the 2016 Grammys in an overly-embellished ‘onsie’ and crazy shoes that would have used more glue than the stylist has shown sense.

Unless of course being noticed at all was the aim, in which case it’s a score of 100/100 – because who could miss the blondest bombshell going off, and hitting the “grammys in my Jammys”, as the star explained on her Instagram.

The Internet doesn’t seem to have liked this look, and we can’t say we do very much either. But the gusto with which Dencia donned it? We could all do with a little bit of that.

Lady Gaga


Ok, so we know this is a David Bowie tribute; we know she cried getting ready; we know lots of feels and effort and thinking went into this; we know the gown is Marc Jacobs.

But… We can’t help but think Mr Bowie would’ve looked better in this – or that there were ways to make this look feel more like a million dollars, rather than like it’s Halloween in February.

We remember kooky Gaga and we don’t really miss her… Would’ve been nice to see Stefanie slaying as she has been for a while in her more subtle styles, and doing this sartorial tribute the non-theatrical way. Just our two cents.

Lianne La Havas


This look had all the makings of a great outfit – a dress by a great designer (Vivienne Westwood), in a great colour on a brilliant singer. But somehow, all that good-good just didn’t translate.

And we can’t even pinpoint why we aren’t feeling this look so much. Maybe it just wasn’t right for this event? The hue looks great on Lianne’s skin though and we like what she’s done with her hair.

…It just might be a little too full-on for this event – or maybe it needed something else to SPICE it up?

Ariana Grande


We do not like this look on singing sensation Ariana Grande, at all.

The silhouette doesn’t quite suit her petite frame, and leaves her looking a little disporportioned, but mostly what killed the dress is the styling.

Ok, so ponytails are your thing but did you need all that bling? If it was to brighten all that dark, heavy eyeshadow then sadly that didn’t work.

From the team that regularly brings us your ‘galactic Barbie’-inspired style, we expected better.

Janelle Monae


Ah Janelle… This look continues on where Gaga’s left off – circa 2010, that is, when costumery was still ok.

We’re willing to accept the continued monochrome palette – in fact, we thought having a signature colour combination to work with (alongside pops of red and gold for accessories) would make it easier to dress. But this black and white look is just a miss. We’re sorry.

Pharrell Williams & Helen Lasic


Well, this wouldn’t be the first time that these two have landed here on our worst-dressed list, while we do admire them for their bravery and sticking to their almost anti-red carpet wardrobe policy.

Mr Williams and his wife are always low key when they head out, opting for casual wear rather than getting all dressed up for huge events like the Grammys – but that doesn’t mean we can forgive matching your hair to your jacket (or cardigan?), or rocking a laced bodysuit under an unflattering dress. And we haven’t let that headband or mis-matched laces slide either.

The potential for greatness from these two… It’s so high…

Faith Evans


And we really wanted to like this. In fact, as an outfit, there’s no reason not to, really.

It’s just that somehow it didn’t all come together with the polish it needed – like the dress seems too long for the shoe and so isn’t as flattering as we’d have liked; the fur stole doesn’t look lux enough to warrant being such a feature of the outfit.

We do like the hair and the makeup, and Ms Evans’ figure in the dress though – so we’ll keep hopes up that Faith will slay the next time we see her on the red carpet.

But what did you make of last night’s spectacle of an event? Tell us your best and worst dressed from the 2016 Grammys, as we’d love to know exactly what you think to the celebrities’ red carpet outfits!

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