2011 Grammy Awards: Top Performance Outfits

The style theatrics witnessed on the red carpet at last night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were just the beginning. Onstage was where the real fashion drama went down. Performing stars slipped out of their fancy suits and frocks (or their green egg, in Lady Gaga’s case), and into fierce performance outfits.

KATY PERRY: Love was in the air when Katy Perry hit the stage to perform. While footage of her wedding to Russell Brand played in the background, Katy, in a bejeweled Giorgio Armani tutu, belted out “Not Like the Movies.” So sweet.

Katy Perry performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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LADY GAGA: After teasing everyone on the red carpet by incapsulating herself in a womb/egg, Lady Gaga emerged in a Mugler by Nicola Formichetti-designed yolk-colored while performing “Born This Way.”

Lady Gaga performing at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND EMINEM: We’ve seen this duo perform together before, and (save for Eminem’s constant serious-face) they always seem to shake it up style-wise. This time, Rihanna wore a blooming yellow and black Christian Dior ball gown, while Eminem wore a black leather jacket with a hoodie and black jeans.

Rihanna and Eminem at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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CEE LO GREEN AND GWYNETH PALTROW: While Gwyneth Paltrow looked rather demure (if you don’t count the time she jumped on the piano and started dancing around), Cee Lo Green totally outdid himself during his performance of “Forget You.” The rapper dressed as a peacock muppet. Need we say more?

Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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JADEN SMITH, JUSTIN BIEBER, AND USHER: In the shock of the night, boy-phenom Justin Bieber walked away with zero Grammys (he’s young…he still has time), but he did perk up the crowd with a medley performance of his songs. Jaden Smith (in leopard print pants) and Usher (in an electric blue getup) gave him moral support.

Jaden Smith, Justin Bieber, and Usher at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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RIHANNA AND DRAKE: Wearing a fringed bustier set, Rihanna shook and shimmied onstage during a calypso-like rendition of “What’s My Name,” which she performed with Drake, who wore all black (what’s up with the rappers wearing straight black onstage?).

Rihanna and Drake at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
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