Sometimes the best way to stand out in a crowd of wild and crazy red carpet gowns is to go for black. Elegant and understated black dresses speak volumes amidst Crayola hair and celebrity costumes that range from Horton-hatched-a-Gaga to Nicki Manj's bad habits. Before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, let's take a look at music divas who've wowed us with plunging necklines and black dresses.
Cyrus pumps up the party in an elegant black gown at the 2009 Grammy Awards. The little frou-flou flower at the top is a don't but the rest of the dress is a yes. The teen star still added her own rebellious touches with black nail polish and layered bracelets.
The "Today Was a Fairytale" songbird, who once brought her mom to the Grammys as her date, also rocked a black gown. Swift has a long, slender torso which made it a breeze for her to wear this flowy dress in 2009. Taylor made it elegant with her matching gold earrings and cuff bracelet and easy up-do.
Her hair seemed too casual but with that dress, who cares? The singer hypnotized everyone on the red carpet with her plunging Armani frock at last year's Grammy Awards. The black dress had a simple silhouette that hugged Rihanna's curves in all the right ways. The back was just low enough without revealing too much.
Armani strikes again! The singing sensation, who could weave emotion into a Ben Stein lecture, rocked not one but two black dresses at the 2012 Grammys. Her red carpet Armani dress was long and elegant, with a wide belt to show off her curves. Her makeup channeled old Hollywood, with red lips and heavily-lashed and lined eyes.
Monica was all-buttoned up with a high collar and long train at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Her shiny black Stephane Rolland dress was a nice change of pace on the red carpet. Her upper arms were covered, and the sleeves were stiff and architectural. The rest of the black gown flowed and she looked happy and comfortable in such an elegant garment. From the back, the dress cut low and showed off her stunning physique.
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