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Grammy fashion ... the good, bad and the what the heck were they thinking?

Published:Monday | February 13, 2017 | 11:16 AM
Beyoncé poses with the awards for best music video for "Formation" and best urban contemporary album for "Lemonade"in sexy red sequins dress by Peter Dunda — AP
Rihanna pulled off another voluminous look, this one a custom tangerine Armani Prive crop top with crystals and a voluminous black skirt of silk organza-AP
"I think Katy Perry looked awful," said Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine of Perry's Tom Ford design.-AP
Halsey open to wear an open Jacket and not much else -AP
CeeLo Green showed up in a metallic gold something with a strange headpiece and tunic to match-AP
Celine Dion's emerald green Zuhair Murad couture dress-AP
Adele wore Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tisci-AP
Jennifer Lopez in a lavender Ralph and Russo halter confection-AP
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Though unusually staid, fashion-wise, the Grammys had a few memorable moments.

In photo: CeeLo Green showed up in a metallic gold something with a strange headpiece and tunic to match-AP

CeeLo Green showed up as a metallic gold something with a strange headpiece and tunic to match. And Lady Gaga, fresh from the Super Bowl, donned tiny black leather shorts and top, looking fierce in her thigh-high boots.

Other than that, we had some dresses. As these things often go, some were liked, some not so much.

In photo: Rihanna pulled off another voluminous look, this one a custom tangerine Armani Prive crop top with crystals and a voluminous black skirt of silk organza-AP

Rihanna pulled off another voluminous look, this one a custom tangerine Armani Prive crop top with crystals and a voluminous black skirt of silk organza. The bottom half evoked her pink cupcakey Giambattista Valli ball gown for the Grammys two years ago.

In Photo: Adele in a Givenchy Haute Couture

Adele wore Givenchy Haute Couture by Ricardo Tisci — twice. First in two tones of military green in a checkerboard weave with a long-sleeve top underneath on the red carpet and again to perform in a black velvet stone-encrusted top and matching pants.

"Why would she wear that green," asked "Fashion Police" alum and style expert George Kotsiopoulos. "She was very covered up. I didn't hate it but it was just an ugly colour."

In photo: Beyoncé poses with the awards for best music video for "Formation" and best urban contemporary album for "Lemonade"in sexy red sequins dress by Peter Dunda — AP

And then there was Beyoncé. As an early performer on the CBS telecast, she didn't walk the carpet, but she slayed as a gold-crowned goddess onstage and again from the audience in sexy red sequins. 

But overall, Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine and its website, was under whelmed on the fashion front.

"It was really boring," she said of the carpet. "There was so much blah."

In photo: "I think Katy Perry looked awful," said Julee Wilson, fashion and beauty director for Essence magazine of Perry's Tom Ford design.-AP

She had her favourites, though, including Adele. Her not-so-much moment was Katy Perry in a Tom Ford look with a skirt of pink feathers and metallic sequin mock turtleneck long-sleeve top.

"I think Katy Perry looked awful," Wilson said.

Kyle Anderson, the market and accessories director for Marie Claire magazine begged to differ on Perry.

"She looked phenomenal with her blond waves. Taking risks and keeping things fresh is what the Grammys are all about when it comes to fashion and beauty," he said.

Kotsiopoulos, too, was less than enthused by this year's show of Grammy fashion.

"There was no 'oh my god' moment," he said.

Eric Wilson, the fashion news director for InStyle magazine, saw some trends.

"I loved the wave of futuristic metallic fabrics worn by Katy Perry and Solange Knowles," said Wilson, the latter in a gold Gucci one-shoulder with fan ruffles.

In photo: Halsey open to wear an open Jacket and not much else -AP

"But I had some trouble with all the crazy cleavage contraptions, which were probably a good idea on paper, but not on the body. Between Lady Gaga in that bolero top, Halsey's X-rated tracksuit and Rihanna's orange bra from Armani Prive, those dresses were working overtime just to keep themselves up, and they all looked really uncomfortable. And in the interest of not sounding sexist, I'll also veto Desiigner's shirtless tux," Wilson added.

Count Wilson in as a fan of Perry's Ford look.

"It hit all the right notes. The combination of a skirt of feathers and a shiny top created a polished effect, but the overall look stayed well within Katy's pop princess comfort zone," he said.

In photo: Celine Dion's emerald green Zuhair Murad couture dress-AP

Colors were all over the place. Wilson liked the light lavender Ralph and Russo halter confection worn by Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion's emerald green Zuhair Murad couture dress.

-Associated Press