The Best Grammy Awards Beauty Moments of All Time

The Grammy Awards red carpet isn’t just about the clothes. Take a closer look, and you’ll find that some stars make just as much of a statement with beauty, like Cyndi Lauper trying so-called Euphoria makeup on for size decades before the show even existed, and Rosalía forever keeping it interesting with her nails. But you don’t always have to look that closely: Dolly Parton’s voluminous platinum-blonde locks, for example, were impossible to miss in the ceremony’s early years. And as much as we love a statement, Ciara is living proof that a natural look can be just as interesting. Take a look back at the awards show’s best beauty moments, from David Bowie’s blush-and-orange coif to Adele’s signature red lip and cat eyes, here.

Aretha Franklin celebrated what would amount to a total of 18 wins over the years wearing shimmery pastel blue eye shadows and a nude lip.

With sleek straight hair, bold purple eyeshadow, and luminous, sun-kissed skin, Cher positively glowed at the ceremony in 1974.

Bette Milder showed up to celebrate her win for Best New Artist wearing voluminous, brushed-out curls; dark, smoky eyes; and era-appropriate thin eyebrows.

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David Bowie wore just the right amount of blush when going glam rock in the mid-’70s.

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It was all about hair for Dolly Parton—an 11-time Grammy winner and 51-time nominee—in the ‘70s.

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Tina Turner nailed the red lip at the 24th annual ceremony, where she also changed it up with tousled bangs.

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Cyndi Lauper was doing so-called Euphoria makeup decades before the show premiered.

Whitney Houston went curly on top, wavy on bottom and changed up the classic red with a coral lip.

Gloria Estefan managed to radiate as brightly as her gold dress despite wearing a dark mauve lip.

Celebrating her first Grammy win, the late Selena nailed casual glamour with a sparkly evening gown and messy updo.

Gwen Stefani epitomized the ’90s with a playful take on Bantu knots and thin eyebrows in ’98.

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Keeping it simple with a middle part and plain white gown, Celine Dion put the focus on her lavender frosted eyes.

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J.Lo made so many waves with her Versace dress in 2000, it was easy to miss out on the eyeshadow she wore to subtly complement it.

A glowing Alicia Keys expertly accented her eye makeup with a touch of silver, adding to the shimmer of her wet-look updo.

Madonna threw it back to the ’70s with blonde licks that flipped out over her eyebrows during one of the rare years she wasn’t a nominee.

Florence Welch cut her signature fiery bangs just short enough to give a peek at her lengthy lashes.

Adele was in true Adele form when she took home no fewer than six Grammys in the beauty look we’ve associated her with ever since: heavy lashes, winged liner, and a red lip.

Rihanna took a note from Adele with tousled locks, heavy black liner, and red lips that matched her gown in 2013.

Miley Cyrus kept it natural at the 56th annual ceremony, putting the focus on her blonde pixie cut.

Ciara nailed so-called natural beauty with a tousled updo and nude lip that same year.

Beyoncé debuted a blonde ombré bob while wearing a sumptuous shade of red lipstick.

Lady Gaga was in true form when she hit the red carpet with silvery hair and glittery eyeshadow to match.

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Taylor Swift channeled Anna Wintour with an immaculate blonde bob. Rather than match her top, she went with a more uncommon shade of pink lipstick to complete the look.

Selena Gomez went full glam at the 58th annual ceremony with long, voluminous curls and an exaggerated smoky eye.

Jennifer Lopez was positively glowing on the red carpet in 2017.

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Lana Del Rey’s winged eyeliner took even more flight than usual in 2017.

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Lady Gaga piled on the drama in the form of heavy lashes and sparkly cat eyes, but she didn’t stop there…

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Gaga ensured she made a statement any which way she turned, by intricately braiding her hair.

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Erykah Badu wore perhaps the most elaborate nails in Grammys history in 2020.

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When has Rosalía ever disappointed with her nails?

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Phoebe Bridgers stuck with the Goth vibes of her skeletal Gucci gown by painting her lips black.

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H.E.R. accepted her Grammy for Song of the Year wearing long lashes and an iridescent combo of gold and purple eyeshadow.

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Best Pop Vocal Album winner Dua Lipa matched her Versace dress with similar purply eyeshadow.