The one place you shouldn’t wear white is at someone else’s wedding — and the nominees for the 48th annual Grammy Awards were determined to be the bride, not the bridesmaid.
Plus, there’s one thing you can say about white on a green carpet: At least it doesn’t clash.(Check out photos of all the hottest looks from the Grammy green carpet.)
Marilyn Monroe was an obvious inspiration for a gaggle of glamour girl singers: Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige and Ciara each wore a variation on the actress’ billowing crepe classic from “The Seven Year Itch,” with their halter-top V-necks and empire waists. Jennifer Love Hewitt, India.Arie and Brittany Hogan (a.k.a. Miss California 2005) were also wondrous in strapless white, but kept it a bit more sweet and innocent, with straight lines that revealed little or no cleavage. And then there was Mariah Carey’s curvy, custom-made Azzedine Alaia dress, sporting a snug white top and a semi-sheer skirt, which neatly combined the sweet and the sexy. (Carey was a winner inside the Staples Center too; see “Kanye And Mariah Win, But In The End U2 — And Curveballs — Rule Grammy Night.” )
The guys also got in on the winter white action, with Ludacris, Common, John Legend and the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo all wearing suits of the not-so-new neutral. And those who didn’t want to go all white added a touch of color: LL Cool J accented his white trench with touches of tan via his hat, shirt and tie, while Kanye West wore his red shirt unbuttoned practically down to his navel under his white Yves Saint Laurent jacket. Sean Paul and Mario kept their whites decidedly unpure, mixing hippie tunic touches and dash lines on their tops as accents.
However, it wasn’t a complete color drought. Fiona Apple, Jenna Elfman and the animal-printed Gwen Stefani rocked beige, while Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson sported always-in-style basic black (although Kelly changed to red ruffles for the show). Stefani designed her own dress, with an empire waist that minimized her pregnancy, while Keys had Giorgio Armani design a racy lace number with a neckline that dipped down to her navel.
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While a few daring types strayed from standard neutrals, the color scheme mostly kept to silvery blues, purples and grays. Teri Hatcher stopped traffic with her deep V-necked, backless, see-through Jean-Paul Gaultier purple dress, which revealed her boyshorts underwear underneath. It made Christina Milian’s Max Azria cut-outs seem subtle, and Beyoncé’s strapless silver gown look almost casual — almost.
While the rock bands did keep it casual (Linkin Park and Jars of Clay were even, dare we say, rumpled), even they couldn’t avoid little splashes of color, such as Death Cab for Cutie’s yellow ties and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine’s flower in his lapel. Beyoncé’s date, Jay-Z, on the other hand, went all-out, accenting his grey suit with black-and-white stripes on his shirt and tie, along with a purple handkerchief in his pocket. Omarion also went for subtle stripes, while Randy Jackson rocked a paisley tie.
But the best accessory of all had to be the Game’s: his son, who wore a matching suit and seemed charmingly unfazed by the whole thing. If the wash of white everywhere was supposed to connote innocence, the Game’s son captured it in one look — to him, they were just clothes.
The show’s over, but there’s still plenty of Grammy goodness right here on MTVNews.com. Check out photos of the hottest green-carpet and onstage moments, find out what went down at the celeb-packed parties, and share your thoughts on the performers, winners and losers.
Plus watch videos of all the nominees on MTV.com and check out exclusive video footage from the big night on Overdrive.