The Most Scandalous Grammys Red Carpet Fashion of All Time

Stacey Grant
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Photo credit: Getty Images; Design by Courtney Chavez for Seventeen
Photo credit: Getty Images; Design by Courtney Chavez for Seventeen

From Seventeen

We can all agree that the best part of any awards show is the red carpet, right? Good.

Because even if a show is a total snoozefest, the red carpet won't disappoint. Seeing what our faves are wearing somehow goes well with sitting on the couch eating a pint of chocolate chip cookie dough. The Grammys haven't been a stranger to flawless outfits, including tons of ~scandalous~ ones, over the years.

Of course, award shows haven't been the same since COVID-19 took over, with many celebs appearing virtually. (There's still plenty of celebrity drama happening online, though.) Until we can safely hold award shows again, let's look back at the outfits that made our jaws drop.

1. Priyanka Chopra

Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Priyanka may have only had eyes for hubby Nick Jonas at the 2020 Grammys, but everyone else had their eyes on her and her gorgeous dress.

2. Tove Lo

Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

At the 2020 Grammys, she wore a super scooped neck that fully showed off her bra. Chic!

3. Joy Villa

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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

The 2020 Grammys weren't the first time Joy referenced Trump on the red carpet. She wore MAGA-themed dresses in both 2017 and 2019, respectively. Her outfit in 2019 even had "Build the Wall" printed on the back.

4. Billy Porter

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Photo credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images

The Pose star wore a truly iconic headpiece at the 2020 Grammys. The beads even moved on their own! So cool!

5. Ariana Grande

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Ariana's 2020 Grammys look is "scandalous" in the fact that it took up so much space on the red carpet. Of course, she pulled it off flawlessly.

6. Lady Gaga

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

At the 2017 Grammys, the "Bad Romance" singer showed off some serious underboob, spiky sleeves, and thigh high boots. Ra-Ra!

7. Nicki Minaj

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Back in 2012, Nicki donned a similar outfit to the one the Pope wears — but in red. She also brought a Pope look-alike. Needless to say, people had strong opinions on the matter.

8. Kim Kardashian

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

No stranger to showing off her rockin' bod, the style icon rocked a super low-cut dress during the 2012 Pre-Grammy Gala.

9. Rihanna

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Photo credit: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

In 2011, Rihanna went with this interesting fringe-like dress that definitely left little to the imagination.

10. Britney Spears

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

During the Pre-Grammys Gala in 2017, Britney wore a dress that expertly covered her intimate areas with snowflakes.

11. Madonna

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Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

In 2015, Madonna went to the Grammys looking like a sexy French maid on vacation. She wasn't afraid to show some cheeks, either.

12. Fergie

Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

In 2012, Fergie proved she was still "Fergalicious" when she wore an orange dress with black lingerie.

13. Zendaya

Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Zendaya's suit at the 2016 Grammys wasn't ~scandalous~, but fans were shocked by her mullet. She wore it proudly, and told Entertainment Tonight she "wanted to do something different." Mission accomplished! #slay

14. Sasha Gradiva

Photo credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy
Photo credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy

The Russian singer's Grammys attire was probably best described by PR Newswire as "Terminator meets Barbie." This outfit definitely left a lasting impression back in 2012.

15. Ciara

Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Ciara showed some serious leg at the 2016 Grammys, and looked damn good doing it.

16. Kelly Rowland

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Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The former Destiny's Child member rocked a dress with tons of see-through slits at the 2013 Grammys.

17. Lea Michele

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Photo credit: Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

The Glee star wasn't afraid to strike a pose during the 2011 Grammys.

18. Miley Cyrus

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Though this dress is "tame" for Miley's standards, it still showed off lots of the "Midnight Sky" singer's backside in 2015.

19. Jennifer Lopez

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Photo credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage

J.Lo turned all the heads when she wore THIS little number to the 2000 Grammys. The dress even inspired Google's search image function.

20. Nicki Minaj (again)

Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
Photo credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage

Nicki slayed this all cheetah print at the 2011 Grammys. Me-ow.

21. Lady Gaga (again)

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Photo credit: John Shearer/WireImage

In 2016, Lady Gaga performed a medley of David Bowie songs as a tribute to the late musician. While not everyone loved the performance (including Bowie's former drummer), Gaga wasn't afraid to show off a high cut and platform shoes on the red carpet.

22. Joy Villa (again)

Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

While the 2015 Grammys weren't under construction, Joy's dress sure was. Her outfit was the same stuff you'd find at Lowe's, and it was definitely a first for the Grammys red carpet — or any red carpet, really.


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