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The Best Beauty Moments in Grammy Awards History

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Fiona Apple at the 1998 Grammy Awards
Fiona Apple at the 1998 Grammy Awards. Photo by KMazur/WireImage via Getty Images.

The Grammy Awards red carpet isn’t just about the clothes. Take a closer look, and you’ll find that some stars make just as much of a statement with beauty, like Cyndi Lauper trying so-called Euphoria makeup on for size decades before the show even existed, and Rosalía forever keeping it interesting with her nails. But you don’t always have to look that closely: Dolly Parton’s voluminous platinum-blonde locks, for example, were impossible to miss in the ceremony’s early years. And as much as we love a statement, Ciara is living proof that a natural look can be just as interesting. Take a look back at the awards show’s best beauty moments, from David Bowie’s blush-and-orange coif to Adele’s signature red lip and cat eyes, here.

Aretha Franklin, 1970

Aretha Franklin celebrated what would amount to a total of 18 wins over the years wearing shimmery pastel blue eye shadows and a nude lip.

Cher, 1974
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With sleek straight hair, bold purple eyeshadow, and luminous, sun-kissed skin, Cher positively glowed at the ceremony in 1974.

Bette Midler, 1974

Bette Milder showed up to celebrate her win for Best New Artist wearing voluminous, brushed-out curls; dark, smoky eyes; and era-appropriate thin eyebrows.

David Bowie, 1975
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David Bowie wore just the right amount of blush when going glam rock in the mid-’70s.

Dolly Parton, 1977
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It was all about hair for Dolly Parton—an 11-time Grammy winner and 51-time nominee—in the ‘70s.

Tina Turner, 1982
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Tina Turner nailed the red lip at the 24th annual ceremony, where she also changed it up with tousled bangs.

Cyndi Lauper, 1984
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Cyndi Lauper was doing so-called Euphoria makeup decades before the show premiered.

Whitney Houston, 1986
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Whitney Houston went curly on top, wavy on bottom and changed up the classic red with a coral lip.

Gloria Estefan, 1990
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Gloria Estefan managed to radiate as brightly as her gold dress despite wearing a dark mauve lip.

Mariah Carey, 1991
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Mariah Carey reached Sarah Jessica Parker-level curl goals in 1991.

Selena, 1994
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Celebrating her first Grammy win, the late Selena nailed casual glamour with a sparkly evening gown and messy updo.

Gwen Stefani, 1998
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Gwen Stefani epitomized the ’90s with a playful take on Bantu knots and thin eyebrows in ’98.

Fiona Apple, 1998
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Fiona Apple added a literal twist to her signature grungy ’90s style in ’98.

Celine Dion, 1999

Keeping it simple with a middle part and plain white gown, Celine Dion put the focus on her lavender frosted eyes.

Jennifer Lopez, 2000
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J.Lo made so many waves with her Versace dress in 2000, it was easy to miss out on the eyeshadow she wore to subtly complement it.

Alicia Keys, 2004
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A glowing Alicia Keys expertly accented her eye makeup with a touch of silver, adding to the shimmer of her wet-look updo.

Madonna, 2006
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Madonna threw it back to the ’70s with blonde licks that flipped out over her eyebrows during one of the rare years she wasn’t a nominee.

Florence Welch, 2011

Florence Welch cut her signature fiery bangs just short enough to give a peek at her lengthy lashes.

Adele, 2012
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Adele was in true Adele form when she took home no fewer than six Grammys in the beauty look we’ve associated her with ever since: heavy lashes, winged liner, and a red lip.

Rihanna, 2013
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Rihanna took a note from Adele with tousled locks, heavy black liner, and red lips that matched her gown in 2013.

Miley Cyrus, 2014
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Miley Cyrus kept it natural at the 56th annual ceremony, putting the focus on her blonde pixie cut.

Ciara, 2014
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Ciara nailed so-called natural beauty with a tousled updo and nude lip that same year.

Beyoncé, 2014

Beyoncé debuted a blonde ombré bob while wearing a sumptuous shade of red lipstick.

Lady Gaga, 2015
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Lady Gaga was in true form when she hit the red carpet with silvery hair and glittery eyeshadow to match.

Taylor Swift, 2016
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Taylor Swift channeled Anna Wintour with an immaculate blonde bob. Rather than match her top, she went with a more uncommon shade of pink lipstick to complete the look.

Selena Gomez, 2016
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Selena Gomez went full glam at the 58th annual ceremony with long, voluminous curls and an exaggerated smoky eye.

Jennifer Lopez, 2017
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Jennifer Lopez was positively glowing on the red carpet in 2017.

Lana Del Rey, 2018
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Lana Del Rey’s winged eyeliner took even more flight than usual in 2017.

Lady Gaga, 2018
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Lady Gaga piled on the drama in the form of heavy lashes and sparkly cat eyes, but she didn’t stop there...

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Gaga ensured she made a statement any which way she turned, by intricately braiding her hair.

Erykah Badu, 2020
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Erykah Badu wore perhaps the most elaborate nails in Grammys history in 2020.

Rosalía, 2020
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When has Rosalía ever disappointed with her nails?

Phoebe Bridgers, 2021
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Phoebe Bridgers stuck with the Goth vibes of her skeletal Gucci gown by painting her lips black.

H.E.R., 2021
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H.E.R. accepted her Grammy for Song of the Year wearing long lashes and an iridescent combo of gold and purple eyeshadow.

Dua Lipa, 2021
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Best Pop Vocal Album winner Dua Lipa matched her Versace dress with similar purply eyeshadow.

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