2011 Grammy Awards: Top 5 Red Carpet Trends

Many of the high notes at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night were hit pre-show. On the red carpet celebs showed up in an array of ensembles that ran the gamut from super-sexy to far out. Still, there were a handful of fashion themes that repeated over and over again. Here are our faves:

GOLD STREAK: All that glitters must be gold because there were SO many gilded gowns at this year’s Grammys. Kim Kardashian wore a glittering Kaufman Franco gown with a deep V-neck and sexy slit. Selena Gomez wore a pale gold J. Mendel dress with a pretty pink pout. And LeAnn Rimes glistened in a sequined gold Reem Acra cinch-waist gown.

Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, and LeAnn Rimes at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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ANIMAL INSTINCTS: The Grammys red carpet was where the wild things were last night. Teen queen Miley Cyrus wore a metallic tiger-print Roberto Cavalli dress, while Katy Perry’s Giorgio Armani wings took her look over the edge. Nicki Minaj and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) both wore Givenchy–Nicki teamed her poufy ’do with a leopard print ensemble, and Florence went all Swan Lake in a bird-appliqued gown.

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Florence Welch at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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SLITSVILLE: Svelte celebs, including Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara, were giving us a little (er, A LOT) of leg on the red carpet. Heidi wore a gold Julien Macdonald gown with a center slit. Meanwhile, Lea and Ciara both wore Emilio Pucci dresses with sexy slits-to-there.

Heidi Klum, Lea Michele, and Ciara at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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BLUE VALENTINE: The hottest hue on the red carpet was blue with Jennifer Hudson (in Versace) and Selma Blair (in Lanvin) both wearing navy, and Natasha Bedingfield and Keri Hilson (in Basil Soda) rocking a brighter shade of the color.

Jennifer Hudson, Selma Blair, Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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TAILOR MERMAID: Showing their fab figures were Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya, who all slinked into hip-hugging, mermaid-style gowns. Nicole and Rihanna both wore Jean-Paul Gaultier, while Mya rocked a Jean Fares column dress.

Nicole Kidman, Rihanna, and Mya at the 2011 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
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