Hayley Kaufman

A pretty and predictable red carpet at the Grammy Awards

Pretty and predictable ruled the night on the red carpet.

Kacey Musgraves
Kacey MusgravesValerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images

By the time Kacey Musgraves hit the Grammys red carpet, she’d already snagged a couple of awards off camera. That was no surprise for the beloved country singer, who’s been crisscrossing the states on her Oh, What A World Tour. On Sunday, Musgraves played it demure and delicate, in a beach-colored gown with a chic fan-fold bodice. Her hit is called “Space Cowboy,” but Musgraves, with her hair in soft waves, looked every bit a sweet down-home girl.

Camila Cabello
Camila CabelloJon Kopaloff/Getty Images/Getty Images

Camila Cabello was set to perform on the Grammys stage — so no doubt she was due for a costume change — but her sparkly red-carpet gown was a stunner. Slinky and sweet in pink pave rhinestones, the “Havana” singer kicked the night off right, telling Ryan Seacrest how she’d brought her whole family to the show, including her grandma. Awww.


Dua Lipa.
Dua Lipa.Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Invision/AP

Best new artist nominee Dua Lipa looked gorgeous on the red carpet, but so glamorous we thought for a moment she’d mistakenly thought she was going to the Oscars. Her silver strapless gown — with train! — was lovely though a bit fancy-formal for what is often a very creative fashion event. No matter. Her signature Louise Brooks bob gave her look a little edge, as did her weirdly encrusted silver nails — the best part of her glittery ensemble.

Janelle Monae
Janelle MonaeValerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images

No awards show is completely these days without an appearance by Janelle Monae, the multi-talented singer-actress-writer-producer-activist-fashion connoisseur. Though she often dons sleek tuxedos for high-profile events, on Sunday Monae wore a short white frock with extended and exaggerated shoulders. Topping off the look was a square wide-brimmed hat with a chainmail headpiece made of tiny gold safety pins. This look deserved an award all its own.

Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer LopezJordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Invision/AP

Jennifer Lopez has for years known how to make a splash at the Grammys. After all, that navel-grazing Versace gown she wore to the show nearly 20 years ago helped make her a star — and a household name. So when JLo showed up Sunday night in a white sheath gown, studded across the bodice with fat jewels, and an enormous hat she could have purloined from the pope, well, we noticed. Second act, indeed.


Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.