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Grammys 2012: Best and Worst Red Carpet Fashion

The stars step out with their wildest fashions for music’s big night

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Multi-Grammy winner Adele arrived looking radiant in a swanky black  beaded Giorgio Armani gown and massive 12.4 carat diamond Harry Winston ring. She later donned a similarly sleek gown from Burberry,  the victory dress in which she won "Album Of The Year."

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Nicki Minaj

There are no words for this look, or, indeed, for anything Nicki Minaj did at the 2012 Grammys. Dressed by Versace as (we guess?) an evil Red Riding Rood, or perhaps a crazed cardinal, the gonzo pop star scared the old man on her arm into playing the Pope, then mock-terrorized a priest onstage during the live debut of "Roman Holiday," a song that will now forever be associated with exorcisms and occult ritual. All we can say is that Vigilant Citizen should have a field day with this one. As did the Catholic League.

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Lady Gaga

Nicki Minaj's insane presentation made Lady Gaga suddenly seem subtle, but it appeared Mother Monster wanted to keep it low key this year. Still spectacular in a dramatic black mourning veil (to shield the disappointment of losing to Adele?), and funereal Eliza Doolittle getup, we think maybe silence is her new statement of choice. Had she won any awards, we wonder if she would have mimed her thanks.

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