Fashion Forecast: Expect The Unexpected

  • Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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  • Beyoncé on the red carpet at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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  • Lady Gaga on the red carpet at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards
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(For a complete list of 53rd GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

As we quickly approach the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, a ceremony for both legendary and emerging artists to shine, we have the opportunity to look back at all the standout fashionistas who have walked the red carpet in recent years, and look forward to the styles that we can expect this year.

Without a doubt, the first ladies of fashion and music are the girls that ooze glamour and are no stranger to a bit of sparkle. Last year's red carpet raised the bar high, with Rihanna ever stylish in Elie Saab and Beyoncé wearing a figure-hugging, gold design-laden gown designed by Stéphane Rolland, augmented by Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Not forgetting the boys, special fashion high fives go to Ne-Yo and Usher, who kept their respective looks refined and slick. This year, I will be keeping my eyes on the lady killer himself, Cee Lo Green, who is never afraid to flex his dapper style.

It's always exciting when you spot a super chic, emerging artist styling it out like a true star. That is exactly what happened last year with Best New Artist nominee Keri Hilson, who beamed in a draped mermaid-style gown by Dolce & Gabbana. Another fresh-faced style queen from last year was Taylor Swift, who redefined elegance in a radiating, made-to-measure Kaufman Franco dress.

It is impossible to talk about red-carpet fashion without mentioning those with a flair for the outrageous and playful, such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. We all remember Gaga's Armani Prive delight, which looked like she had the solar system at her feet. As inventive as she is provocative, Perry will likely wow us again this year with a gown du jour, just as she did last year with a jaw-dropping, open-back gold gown.

Of course, the only fashion forecast is to expect the unexpected. We will surely welcome the usual abundance of color, romance and minimalism, but which key trends will transcend the red carpet this year? Will we see the modern minimal cuts of Jil Sander and Calvin Klein, or the playful baroque patterns of Prada and Moschino? Or, perhaps a dash of provocative glossy glamour, as featured at Gucci and Fendi's '70s-inspired catwalk shows?

One thing is for sure: If you want to make a statement, the red carpet at the GRAMMYs is the place to make it.

Tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook

(To view more photos showcasing the fashion at last year's GRAMMYs, click here.)

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