This year's Grammy awards on Sunday boasted a bevy of stars looking gorgeous, and a few looking less than stellar.
As we keep telling you, so much more than good genes goes into looking red carpet ready. Pre-event preparations began days before the big event at the fifth annual Grammy Style Studio. Held at Smashbox Studios in West Hollywood, Grammy nominees and their bevy of stylists came to make crucial fashion and beauty decisions.
Luckily, we were there, caught in the thick of all that sparkles and shines, from dresses for her and tuxedos for him, to fake lashes and hair extensions for all who dared.
New York hair guru Rodney Cutler, just in from New York Fashion Week, announced the look on the runways and the red carpet would be easy and loose, with volume and hair pushed away from the face.
St. Tropez tan experts were on hand, proving that bronze is still the best body color in Hollywood. Eternally tan Lisa Rinna was overheard making her appointment.
Grammy nominee Kelis considered one of Vivienne Westwood's "after party" choices. We loved the softly draped batik/ethnic print halter dress.
Corinne Bailey Rae's stylist was seen choosing a short, shimmery, gold dress by Elie Saab.
The Hugo Boss team went for classic elegance with beautifully tailored menswear with a twist; tuxedos with leather lapels and gowns in rich gemstone colors.
Stylists for Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston were being tempted by some couture pieces.
After seeing the goods the stars' stylists had considered, we couldn't help but cast our opinion on who made it and who missed it on the night of the big event, the Grammy Awards
Alicia Keys proved Cutler's prediction to be right on, sporting a look we're calling the prettiest mohawk on the red carpet. Her hit No One was, in our eyes, the most deserving of a Grammy and, thankfully, Keys won for Best R&B Song. Keys also looked (and sounded) stunning in her live performance with timeless makeup and a sleek hairdo that screamed modern mohawk.
Tampa Bay's own Brooke Hogan showed up on the red carpet looking bronze and beautiful, although her purple dress and matching purple nails was a big no-no in our book of classic celebrity style.
Carrie Underwood looked stunning, and she's the girl we're crowning Miss Hollywood Makeover. No disrespect intended, but Underwood sure has come a long way from her pre-Idol days. Once just an average girl from Texas with a few pounds to spare, Hollywood has turned Underwood into a gorgeous superstar. Sure, talent won her the 2008 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, but some seriously talented A-list stylists, makeup artists and (dare we say) personal trainers have turned Ms. Underwood into a woman that no red-blooded male would dare cheat on.
Until this year's Grammy awards, we weren't convinced, but the verdict is now officially in - Rihanna is gorgeous! Sporting a punky new 'do that is sure to become the next big thing, Rihanna's striking facial features were amplified by a super-short sheared look that only the most confident style-setter could pull off. She also managed to "pull off" the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her collaboration with Jay-Z, Umbrella.
- Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail Carolyn at email@example.com.