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Red carpet statements and stunners

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Singer Nicki Minaj.

NICKI MINAJ: She arrived with the ultimate fashion accessory: the pope. Perhaps hoping to have a ‘‘Gaga’’ moment of her own, Minaj (at right) made a statement in a Cardinal crimson, hooded, logo-emblazoned Versace cape. We’re not entirely sold on the idea that this will be a fashion moment for the ages, but we were still blown away by the sight of this fresh-faced beauty sans her typically candy-coated complexion.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD: An elegant ivory option by Gomez-Garcia set the country singer apart from her sequin-skinned counterparts. A sexy cutout back and swishing hemline—plus a flawless tan—kept Underwood at the top of her game.

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RIHANNA: With controversy surrounding plans for Rihanna’s ex-beau Chris Brown to perform at the Grammys, we applauded her choice of a sleek, statementmaking little black dress by Giorgio Armani. Perhaps channeling her inner Tina Turner with a golden shaggy mane, Rihanna looked powerful and confident with her womanly assets.

CORINNE BAILEY RAE : The fashion darling wore head-to-toe Christian Siriano—a designer whose front row she has regularly graced—down to the dangerously high platforms from the designer’s Payless collection. But ruffles and all, there was nothing cheap about this look.

TAYLOR SWIFT: There’s a particular formula that has made this country pop superstar’s style seem so seamlessly (and safely) perfected: a tea-length A-line dress, a really red pout, and long flowing locks just begging to be whipped in the wind. But last night, in a high-necked, floor-length, gold-flecked Zuhair Murad gown with neatly upswept hair, Swift surprised us as a mature stunner.

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