Category Archives: The Grammys

GLAM OR SHAM?: Mary J. Blige at the Grammys

A pop of color goes a long way on the Grammys 2010 red carpet. With Rihanna in white Elie Saab, Beyonce in Stephanie Rolland nude and Ciara in Givenchy black, Mary’s magical magenta Gucci gown brought some life and energy to the mix.

Her bold hue shined against her glowing brown skin and golden hair. Her subtle makeup and dazzling jewelry were the perfect accompaniments (I would’ve chosen a silver clutch over black though). But these aren’t the best parts.

The body-skimming silhouette showed off a toned, curvaceous figure that put even the young celebs to shame (It certainly put me to shame. Heading to the gym after this post).

And the detailed neckline, a theme at the Grammys (see Rihanna’s high neckline and Jennifer Lopez’s halter neckline) gave the gown some interest with its purposefully-placed cut-outs. It highlighted Mary’s pretty cleavage, toned shoulders and muscular arms in a way that was feminine and elegant. Love.

For her performance with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli as a tribute to Haiti, Mary J. Blige wore another stunning hue: a cobalt blue jersey gown with beaded detail from Roberto Cavalli’s Pre-Spring 2010 collection. Color looks good on her.

Check out her performance via my beloved hip hop site, Rap Radar, below:

What do we think of Mary’s boldly hued looks? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Beyonce at the Grammys

It’s nearly impossible to make Beyonce look less than beautiful.

That said, her Stephanie Rolland nude hip-hugging dress was pretty, but it didn’t wow me. I appreciate that she shifted it into neutral with the nude hue, which is another huge trend.

The silhouette, however, was predictable (note: I’m guilty of the same thing; if it looks flattering on your body, embrace it!). The mermaid style gown is a Beyonce staple and I’m sure her stylist feels, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. True, but maybe switch it up every…I don’t know…decade?

Also, don’t hate me stans, I don’t know how to feel about a zipper-front dress on a red carpet. It’s a detail that has become a club staple; a glamorous fixture for a gown at a fancy awards show? Not so much.

I do adore the Egyptian theme (what’s more stunning than an Egyptian queen) weaved into the texture of the gown and reinforced with Beyonce’s bold, ornate hoops. Now, that’s gorgeous.

On to the more interesting looks, Beyonce’s performance dress (yes, I said dress, not leotard) was as electrifying as her rendition of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know.” Check the performance video below.

Nothing thrills me more than a darling silhouette (strapless dress with flared skirt bottom) created from rocker metal and studs. Well, Beyonce’s “Dutty Wine” dance move—on her knees (!)—was also pretty exciting.

Love the studded peeptoe boots and tough luxe cuff too!

Later during the show, Beyonce changed into an embroidered, studded and jeweled dress with a plunging neckline and rising shoulders that would have made Micheal Jackson proud. (Seen here with Celine Dion, a part of the beautiful tribute to Michael).

After thoroughly enjoying the show with her husband, Jay-Z (whom she told ‘I love you’ while accepting an award), and nephew, Julez (who Uncle Jay brought onstage during his acceptance speech), Beyonce took home six Grammys, including Song of the Year for ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)’ and pop vocal performance of the year for ‘Halo.’

Miss B set a record for most Grammy awards won by a female artist on one show. Now that’s GLAM.

What’s the verdict, Glamazons? Did we love the Stephanie Rolland dress? Did we expect more, or something fresh, from the Pop Queen? What do we think of her other looks? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Ciara at the Grammys

The Fashion Show faux paux heard ’round the world, Ciara showed up late to Givenchy’s Spring 2010 Couture presentation and was met with a chorus of ‘Boo’s.’ Not the best way to begin a relationship between a recording artist and a fashion house.

Nonetheless, Ciara made goth glamorous in a Givenchy look on the Grammy red carpet last night. Sure, it was more high fashion than we have previously seen from Ciara—but is that a bad thing? I vote No.

It was see-through, showing off her GORGEOUS gams and daringly dark. Plus the diamond-studded jacket added tons of cool, rockstar edge.

I loved that it was a different aesthetic for the red carpet, where beautiful, elegant and ethereal looks reign.

Also, Ciara’s black ponytail was just the hairstyle to complement the dress without distracting from it. And the fresh-faced makeup look only highlighted her natural beauty.

Clearly, I’m a fan but naysayers tore the dress to shreds on Twitter last night. What’s your verdict, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

GET THE LOOK: Keri Hilson at the 2010 Grammys

Hey Glamazons! Songtress Keri Hilson finally “WOW’d” us last night in a floor length Dolce & Gabbana mermaid gown, a jeweled smokey eye and dewy skin. Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff (whom we love!) shares with us how she created the look:

“Keri Hilson looked like a 1950’s diva when she left for the 2010 Grammys. Her peach dress with jeweled waistband was fit to the T and hugged every curve with care. I was inspired to play up her beautiful hazel eyes and also give a touch of edge to her Hollywood glam goddess look.”

“Before applying makeup, always start with clean, toned and moisturized skin. I use Mary Kay’s TimeWise Targeted-Action Eye Revitalizer to refresh tired eyes. I love Enessa Neroli Oil Spray to tone skin and make skin glow. To finish, prep skin with La Mer moisturizer.”

The Perfect Face

“I love for Keri to look flawless because she has such a beautiful bone structure. I use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to give makeup long wearability, then I apply COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Compact Foundation to create a flawless finish. I create a sculpted glowing face using COVERGIRL Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Bronzer in Light Bronze. I also use it to contour the nose and cheekbones.”

Radiant Cheeks

“I love the soft peach tones of her dress so I accented Keri’s cheeks with Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Strawberry Cream which has a subtle cotton candy rose tone with a beautiful shimmer to it, so cheeks just glow.”

Standout Eyes

“Keri wanted to have a jewel tone smoke so I chose a beautiful deep purple shade from Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Sweet Plum on her lids and lower lash line. As a base to intensify the purple shadow I applied COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast in Purple Plum. Then I created depth using Tigi Bed Head Big Fat Fun Liner in Purple and COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara in Black to top the look, coating both bottom and top lashes three times. I used Ja’Maal Busters Lash Line to add that extra drama for red carpet flare.”

Luscious Lips

“I didn’t want to do just a nude lip and smoky eye so instead I went retro— think Kevyn Aucoin meets Naomi Campbell in the 90’s with a deeper liner using Mary Kay Lip Liner in Dark Berry. I lined lips then used a brush to blend the liner out so it had soft edges then used COVERGIRL Queen Collection Lip Gloss in Pearled Peach in the center of the lips to create the perfect pout.”

Glorious Brows

“Brows frame the face and I love Keri’s brows because they are naturally high arched but also full. So I fill them in with Dior Universal Brow Pencil then brush them with Diorshow Brow in Shiny Blond so they shimmer with a golden glow.”


“Keri’s dress was amazing and really showed off her curves so I wanted her skin to glow. I used Sally Beauty Body Glow Shimmer spray to give her body that shimmery glow.”

GLAM OR SHAM?: Rihanna at the Grammys

Now THIS is how you wear a white dress.

Rihanna rescued the white dress trend with an ethereal crepe gown by Elie Saab.

The songstress glows in a high-neck dress that boasts chiffon, stone and feather detailing in the front. The high-neck elongates her statuesque figure and the draping adds a sexy, feminine touch. Finally, the back is open ensuring a lingering second look.

The stunning dress looks elegant and magical on Rihanna, who wears light silver shadow and a pair of Neil Lane earrings and a bracelet to complement the look.

I won’t say she looks angelic (if you’ve heard my favorite song of the moment, Rude Boy, you know she’s a bad girl on the inside) but she is a radiant, stunning beauty. And might I add, what a way to come back on top from the ordeal she faced at last year’s Grammy’s. What do you think, Glamazons? Does she pull this off? Is it the right look for the Grammy’s?

Give your verdict: Glam or a Sham?

UPDATE: Glams, we have the secrets to Rihanna’s posh, polished hair courtesy of her amazing hairstylist, Ursula Stephens. Here are the steps (and inexpensive products) Ursula used to create Rihanna’s winning look:

  • Start by relaxing the hair with Motions Silkening Shine Relaxer. 
  • Mold and wrap the hair with Motions Foam Wrap lotion and sit under a hooded dryer. 
  • Trim and shape the hair, buzzing the sides and back with a clipper. 
  • To get amazing shine and lock each strand in place, add some Motions oil moisturizer along with Suddzz hair spray. 
  • Flat iron small sections of the hair in an upward and inward motion.
  • Finally, rub Lanza serum and Motions pomade through the hair and finger comb it for a finished look.

What do you think about the hair? Do you like Rihanna’s curly look better? What’s your verdict? Glam or a Sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: J.Lo at The Grammys

We think J. Lo looks amazing; but sadly only from the neck up. This Versace dress does nothing to flatter her gorge figure and we just can’t figure out why it’s shorter on the sides. We’re all for a netted dress and halter top neckline, but this one is just too much of a hot mess for us to swallow.

What do we think Glamazons? Glam or a sham?

GLAM OR SHAM?: Lady Gaga at the Grammys

Lady Gaga’s dress from Armani Prive looks like it hurts. Between the plastic web design and spiky star, somebody could get lost, strangled and cut by this gown. 

In true Lady Gaga fashion, she paired it with crystal embroidered tights and shoes, blonde and daffodil yellowish hair and bubblegum pink lips. 

What do we think, Glamazons? Glam or a Sham?

UPDATE: I spoke too soon. Just when I thought Lady Gaga gave us all the jaw-dropping Gaga-ness she could muster, the camera panned the audience and I saw this.

Another Armani Prive creation specifically made for the star, that truly belonged in an alien movie. A silver headpiece and jacket that looked like what the Statue of Liberty would wear to a drag ball competition. Gaga paired them with her favorite crystal embroidered tights and heelless shoes. Her makeup in all its pale and bold pink glory is oddly fitting. 

Lady Gaga and Fashion God, Giorgio Armani, had this to say about the memorable collaboration:

Giorgio Armani says, “We hear Lady Gaga’s music everywhere we go. It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon. I am delighted to be creating these outfits on such an important night for her, the Grammys, and I wish her the best of luck.”
Sharing Mr. Armani’s enthusiasm, Lady Gaga adds,
“I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening. The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team.”  

Lady Gaga is a superhero in my comic book and her performance, which opened the show, proves it. Alongside the legendary Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga sang “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song.” It was a stirring, epic performance that set the bar high for the rest of the show (did anyone else live up to it? I wasn’t blown away by any other artist).

At 62 and decked out in a Giorgio Armani black tuxedo and a pair of Giorgio Armani custom-made, Swarovski-encrusted sunglasses, Sir Elton John was right at home in Gaga’s glittery, filthy spectacle. Their chemistry made for a magical show. Check the video below:

So we know we can always expect a futuristic, over-the-top costume from Lady Gaga, but do these Armani looks measure up? What’s the verdict, Glam or a Sham?