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21 Best, Worst and Wildest 2014 Grammys Fashion Moments

Our ultimate red-carpet roundup from Music’s Biggest Night

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To be honest, we were hoping for more. The red carpet at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards was lovely and servicable in all the ways that have become expected, and certainly there were stand-outs, who we have listed here. But the lack of outrageousness (or Lady Gaga, at the very least) was a bit underwhelming; when the most discussed style story of the night was a park ranger hat Pharrell could have copped at any neighborhood Opening Ceremony (or REI), you know your carpet's in big trouble. Still, we chronicled the best and worst of the gala, with a few surprising trends and many lovely frocks to boot. By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

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Best Dressed: Katy Perry

KP can be hit or miss, but her gown — Valentino Spring 2014 Couture which debuted on the runway literally five days ago in Paris — cast her as the floaty topper on a wedding cake. Or the next Elven Queen from Peter Jackson's Lord of the RingsPart Cinq

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Best Dressed: Kevin Hart

Most people aren't automatically looking to 5'2" funnyman Kevin Hart as their epitome of red carpet chic, but we gotta hand it to him: his gilded Lanvin tux jacket was one of the sharpest of the evening, bonus for the gilded rose upon his lapel.

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Best Dressed: Kacey Musgraves

Kacey! She stole our hearts on the carpet in dainty Armani Privé, but the love was solidified with her performance outfit: she served vaquera realness in a cowpoke dress and raver cowboy boots straight outta the dusty rancheras of Guadalajara. We demand a collabo with 3BallMTY

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Best Dressed: Cyndi Lauper

While there was no shortage of gorgeous frocks and dapper dans on the carpet, it took Cyndi Lauper to actually do things, to make any sort of statement beyond "I have an awesome stylist." Her Alexander McQueen boss-dress plus her Manic Panic dyejob made her head look literally aflame, a fashion risk for everyone else out there (apparently!) but one of the only carpet moments that got our pulses moving beyond "resting."

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Best Dressed: Paula Patton

…And here was another. Dueling lions in zebra print? The only kinda blurred lines we feel like thinking about this morning (that and our hangover, amirite).

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Best Dressed: Taylor Swift

Literally no one on the carpet pre-show could stop talking about how Taylor's reflectively-gleaming Gucci gown looked like chain mail. Which, kind of, though we tried to imagine her eating a post-show muttoncake and it didn't really materialize. Put Daenarys Targaryen in it and maybe we can talk. 

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Best Dressed: Lorde

Never won't wanna see Ella Yelich-O'Connor in shades of American Horror Story coal: she is the super-smart goth icon her generation deserves. But her performance look was almost more stunning in its simplicity: pleated trousers and a white shirt may have seemed Ian Curtis-conservative, but close-up on her jet-black finger make-up and you imagine backstage she was concocting a potion to disappear all the wack people. 

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Best Dressed: Beyonce

Beyoncé's fealtiness to Bob Fosse-era Broadway looks is one of her most endearing qualities, though she edged-up her Ann Reinking with a body cage by Chromat. Offstage, she shifted to the other spectrum of hues in gleaming white Michael Costello Couture; don't worry ,scolds, that nude thing underneath was a lining, no chance for a nip slip. 

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Best Dressed: Ciara

What's prettier than Ciara in a gilded Pucci gown? THAT FETUS. Ciara and Future's kid is gonna be so hot. 

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Worst Dressed: Sara Bareilles’ Feet

The Blumarine dress is gorgeous and she's a sliver from being on the best-dressed list, but sweet baby hayzeus, those lipstick-red peep-toes with a two-inch pump are an abomination. 

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Worst Dressed: Pharrell

He usually looks sharp, but this forest ranger hat and throwback Adidas jacket is something like Smokey Bear at a B-boy contest. We get where he's going with this, but it's a dark, dark place. 

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Worst Dressed: Madonna

Bless Madge and her penchant for menswear, but not even the Pope could cosign that nigh-bootcut on the trouser.

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Worst Dressed: Kathy Griffin

You have to take into context what this woman does on the red carpet, so it is with reluctance that we include her on worst-dressed. But she is included solely because her dress is straight off my grandma at an over-70 singles mixer in Ft. Lauderdale. She has looked better!

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Worst Dressed: Pauley Perette

Remember when Torrid opened as an offshoot to Hot Topic and their clothes were similar to those sold at their parent store, but slightly… off? That, plus 1998. 

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Worst Dressed: Krist Novoselic

Is this a Seattle thing? We just picture Krist and Macklemore in their wacky Wild West ties, riding off in the sunset together, possibly to a steampunk convention. 

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Important Trend: Madonna and David vs. Yoko and Sean Lennon

Is mother-son menswear looks a thing now? We're leaning Sean and Yoko because they're exploring variations on the theme (and because Yoko's top hat is forever doing the most). But young David Ciccone Ritchie's spats elevate his mother's grill situation. We look forward to more of this trend in the coming months. 

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