The best dressed stars at the 2019 Grammy Awards

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, otherwise known as the music industry's biggest night, took place on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While the biggest names in music were technically there to celebrate and be recognized for their hard work and contributions throughout the past year, your favorite celebs also used the evening as an opportunity to bring some major glitz, glamor, and drama to your television screen with their red carpet wear. 

Host Alicia Keys kicked off the evening by inviting some of her famous gal pals onstage to speak on music's power, influence, and importance within society. Along with former first lady Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jennifer Lopez, Keys showed the Grammys (as well as the rest of the world) who really runs the world — girls. The women at the 2019 Grammys made statements with both their voices and their outfits — and we couldn't love them more for it. These were some of the best dressed stars at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. 

BeBe Rexha

All eyes were on Bebe Rexha at the 2019 Grammy Awards, and for good reason. The month before the music industry's biggest night, the "I'm A Mess" songstress took to social media to call out sizeism in the fashion industry — revealing in an Instagram video that some designers had refused to dress her for the event due to her being a size 8. 

"If you don't like my fashion style or my music that's one thing. But don't say you can't dress someone that isn't a runway size," Rexha captioned the video. "Empower women to love their bodies [...] My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys." 

True to her word, Rexha wowed fans and photographers as she walked the red carpet at the 2019 Grammys in a crimson-red Monsoori gown featuring a fairy tale inspired, feathery-tulle skirt. The singer accessorized with a David Morris-designed diamond choker and diamond drop earrings, her platinum locks swept into a classic messy bun. 

Kacey Musgraves

While there was no shortage of stars at the 2019 Grammy Awards, the evening belonged to one celebrity in particular: Kacey Musgraves. The alternative country songstress took home four Grammys — including the awards for Best Country Song, Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance, and Album of the Year. And in true Kacey Musgraves style, the country crooner looked like a million bucks at every turn. 

Musgraves arrived to the awards ceremony wearing a nude Valentino Haute Couture gown, which featured a fanning tulle neckline and cherry-red belted waist. Speaking with People on the red carpet, Musgraves revealed how the gown made its way to the Grammys, saying, "I love this dress — it immediately struck me because it reminded me of the fan that was on my album cover [for Golden Hour]."

But the dreamlike Valentino creation wasn't Musgraves' only standout dress for the evening. The singer wore a heaven-sent white gown during an emotional performance of her most colorful song, "Rainbow," and accepted the award for Album of the Year wearing a bright red mini-dress featuring tulle and trumpet sleeves for days. 

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett-Smith might not have been nominated for any awards, but that didn't stop the Red Table Talk host from stealing the show at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. 

Pinkett-Smith arrived to the Grammys red carpet looking like she'd just stepped out of a time machine rather than a limo, as the star's asymmetrical, soft pink, feathery gown radiated Roaring Twenties vibes. Perhaps the talented actress was simply ringing in 2020 a year early and paying homage to one of fashion's most memorable decades by wearing an updated, 21st century version of the iconic flapper dress. 

Completing her glamorous look with delicate, understated jewels and strappy heels, Pinkett-Smith took to the stage early in the evening along with host Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and former first lady Michelle Obama to deliver an inspiring monologue on music's power to express emotion, give a voice to those who may feel voiceless, and encourage dialogue, change, and progress. 

Cardi B

Cardi B has never been one to shy away from making a statement — and that goes for her fashion choices, as well. 

The outspoken musician, activist, and new mom was a total jaw-dropper at the 2019 Grammy Awards dressed in a vintage haute couture gown designed by Thierry Mugler. The stunning ensemble initially made its debut as a part of Mugler's 1995 fall collection, according to Vogue (via The Huffington Post). And while Simonetta Gianfelici, the model who originally donned the dress, was a definite showstopper on that '90s runway — we're partial to Queen B's 21st-century turn in the iconic gown. 

Of course, some people weren't quite as appreciative of the star's bold look. The Twitterverse had plenty to say about "I Like It" rapper's theatrical ensemble — comparing Cardi B to a pearl in an oyster, a tiered stack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and even a coffee filter. Don't listen to the haters, Cardi! This gown is timeless, and so are you. 

Miley Cyrus

It's no secret that Miley Cyrus has a reputation for stealing the show wherever she goes by donning over-the-top, dramatic ensembles that feature bold pops of color, theatrical accessories, and usually show a whole lot of skin. And while we love the "Malibu" songstress for always keeping it real and expressing her authentic self with her unique style, we're also totally in love with Cyrus' spin on the classic black pantsuit that she wore to the 2019 Grammys. 

Like Cardi B, Cyrus stepped onto the red carpet wearing a Thierry Mugler original design, though her look was much more understated than Cardi's vintage gown. The newlywed looked ready-for-business and as glamorous as ever in the all-black, oversized Mugler tux, which featured a chic ultra-low neckline and a wide-leg pant. Proving that less really is more, Cyrus let her blonde, beachy waves hang loose and opted for a natural, barely-there makeup look — accessorizing with only diamond dangles and ear-climbers. 

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is in the middle of arguably one of the most successful and exciting moments of her career thus far. Not only is she making fans' dreams come true with her Las Vegas Enigma residency, she's also the talk of Tinseltown for her knockout performance in A Star Is Born, directed by her co-star, Bradley Cooper. Gaga was awarded three Grammys, including Best Pop Duet for "Shallow," the breakout hit performed by her and Cooper in the 2018 romantic drama. The star used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to speak out about the importance of recognizing and addressing mental illness, saying, "If you see someone that's hurting, don't look away."

Gaga's is one of Hollywood's brightest stars, and the dress she donned while walking down the 2019 Grammy Awards red carpet was certainly reflective of that. Mother Monster stole the show in a sparkling Celine by Hedi Slimane number, accessorizing with over 100 carats of Tiffany & Company diamonds. 

Janelle Monáe

Celebrities often use events as opportunities to experiment with fashion and make headlines for wearing what is usually considered to be outside of their style spectrums, but Janelle Monáe is a risk taker both on and off the red carpet. Known for her menswear-inspired wardrobe, the "Django Jane" singer once said in an interview with Rolling Stone, "I [thought I] was supposed to look a certain way coming into this industry, and I felt like I [didn't] look like a stereotypical black female artist." Instead of conforming to fashion norms, Monáe created a style all her own — and the ensemble she wore to the 2019 Grammys is proof that she'll forever be known as a total fashion icon.

Monáe arrived to the Grammys red carpet wearing a dramatic, asymmetrical, white mini dress featuring high, architectural shoulders and plum detailing. As noted by The Cut, what appeared to be a hat on Monáe's head was actually an intricate headdress consisting of netted gold safety pins and an angular white halo. We can't wait to see what she'll wear next!

Ella Mai

If you didn't know Ella Mai's name before the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, you most certainly do now. The English singer-songwriter's self-titled debut album was released in October 2018, and its first single, "Boo'd Up" was nominated for Song of the Year and Best R&B Song at the 2019 Grammys. Along with collaborator DJ Mustard, Mai took home the award for Best R&B Song, winning in a category filled with iconic artists like Childish Gambino, Toni Braxton, and H.E.R. — and marking the new kid on the block as an ultra-talented artist to watch. Mai could hardly contain her excitement about her big win, telling Billboard, "I feel like I've dreamed of this moment since I was a little girl."

Of course, one of the most memorable evenings of Mai's career thus far called for an equally-as-memorable gown, and the star definitely delivered the drama in a deep blue strapless gown featuring ruched tulle detailing and a floor-sweeping train. 

J.Lo and A-Rod

Jennifer Lopez has a reputation for being the undisputed queen of the red carpet, so it's nice to see she's found love with a partner who isn't afraid to dress outside-the-box for an occasion.

Along with her beau — baseball great, Alex Rodriguez — J.Lo stepped onto the 2019 Grammys red carpet donning a chic, modern cowgirl-inspired ensemble. Her high-neck, floor-length Ralph & Russo dress featured intricate crystal detailing which provided a nice pop of color against the gown's off-white, figure-hugging fabric. Underneath her dramatic wide-brimmed hat, Lopez wore her hair in a sleek ponytail and opted for a nude lip and smokey eye. 

Dressed in an emerald and magenta tie-dye patterned suit, Rodriguez proved himself to be the world's best Instagram boyfriend. According to People, A-Rod could be seen proudly capturing Lopez's red carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest on his cell phone — and the former New York Yankee didn't shy away from taking to social media multiple times throughout the evening to show off his lady love's look. 

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa proved herself as a force to be reckoned with at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards — and in more ways than one. Not only did the singer score the Grammy for Best Dance Recording for "Electricity," her collaboration with Silk City — the star was also awarded the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist. And in response to some controversial comments made by the president of The Recording Academy, Neil Portnow, Lipa used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to clap back. 

Making a sly reference to Portnow's assertion that more women need to "step up" if they want to be recognized for their achievements by the Academy, Lipa said (via Elle), "I just wanted to say how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this year, because I guess this year we really stepped up!" 

Lipa accepted her award in a statement-making, asymmetrical black and white gown with gold detailing — but before that, she "stepped up" her game on the red carpet in a sparkling silver gown, featuring a mermaid silhouette, sweetheart neckline, flowing train, and chunky diamond necklace.