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Rule makers, rule breakers at Grammy Awards

If we had to pick the gold standard of the night, the award would undoubtedly go to Justin Timberlake.

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If we had to pick the gold standard of the night, the award would undoubtedly go to Justin Timberlake.

A memo from CBS warning attendees about showing too much skin (namely buttocks, genital region, and “female breasts”) caused for some chuckles prior to Sunday’s Grammy Awards, but the real question was: Who would follow the rules? After all, more than any other award show, the Grammys always has a toe over the line when it comes to fashion. Men had few rules to fret about, but not all of them made it work.

If we had to pick the gold standard of the night, the award would undoubtedly go to Justin Timberlake. The “Suit & Tie” singer found a perfect union on the red carpet in a sensational black and white tuxedo, floppy bow tie, and loafers made for his upcoming album release by venerable Tom Ford. Only Justin can make a sleek dreamboat ’do and a healthy dose of branding feel slick, not smarmy.

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The custom ruby red Azzedine Alaia gown that Rihanna wore could have been the perfect example of turning heads while abiding by the Grammy dress code — if it weren’t for the unfortunate red carpet lighting that exposed more skin than was likely intended. Sheer genius? It’s a definite possibility.

Jennifer Lopez’s Anthony Vaccarello gown seemed to be having an identity crisis, exposing a dangerous expanse of her right thigh while sloppily shielding the rest. At some angles, she appeared to be wearing a oneshoulder leotard, and at others, a kaftan appropriate for a childbearing Beyonce. Neither is a great look for Lopez.

Carrie Underwood walked in wearing a Roberto Cavalli gown and 381 carats of diamonds and walked out with the Grammy for best country solo performance for “Blown Away.” Big hair, big lashes, an event-appropriate gown. We’re sure CBS had no qualms with the golden girl.

Adele managed to leave her comfort zone of retro-inspired little black dresses. Unfortunately, she traveled to a sad, scary place where unwanted upholstery finds new life. The singer was not only in an ill-fitting floral Valentino frock, but shoes to match.

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