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Nov. 30 marked "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night." I was watching the live stream of backstage footage and entered a tweeting frenzy as the nominees and GRAMMY affiliates had a few words with the live hosts of GRAMMY.com. As I live in London, this specific tweeting frenzy happened at 4 a.m. for me. I felt so inspired by all the stylish nominees and hosts that after watching I decided to cobble together my outfit for the GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, which, even by celebrity standards, is very early preparation! I guess it goes to show what a tour de force a well-dressed nominee can be.
So what were the fashion highlights? It would be impossible to answer this particular question without mentioning an impeccably stylish yet casual Bruno Mars, who worked his trademark hat like he was born with it. Another serious fashion contender was Nicki Minaj. Her pink wavy hair was magnificent and people went wild when she stepped onstage to announce nominees for Record Of The Year. Katy Perry also deserves a fashion mention. She looked stunning with her matching pink dress and pink hair slicked back in an elegant yet fun arrangement. The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry looked gorgeous with a blue dress and baby-pink lipstick — utter perfection in my eyes! Ludacris looked smoking in his casual jeans and T-shirt accessorized with his silver tag and sunglasses.
However, the award for best-dressed has to go to Melanie Fiona. I went absolutely wild when I saw her cute blue rim hat. It definitely influenced what I am going to wear to the GRAMMY Awards. If you are her stylist and reading this — call me!
One of my favorite parts of the night was when the stars started to tweet. My best-dressed tweeters of the night were:
Lady Gaga, who wore an incredible one-shoulder dress with a gigantic bow for her outstanding performance with Sugarland. Gaga tweeted: "I'm humbled + honored to have a Trinity of nominations from the Grammy's, including Album of the Year for Born This Way. I love u so much."
Despite not being physically present, Rihanna still managed to rock her truly imaginative and sexy style with a red-and-white-striped top matched with a blue-and-white-striped shredded skirt. She tweeted: "#GRAMMYS2012 5 nominations!!! This year keeps getting better and better! #LOUD up 4 Album of the year is so #MAJAH."
Some of my favorite performances were Grandmaster Flash with LL Cool J, Common, Melle Mel, and Scorpio for a truly special rendition of "The Message." (By the way, I was massively impressed by Grandmaster's "G" on the back of his laptop and love the attention to detail in accessorizing.) Usher performed with Valerie Simpson and Mike Stoller in a moving tribute to late songwriters Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber. Finally, the ultimate collaboration was when Lady Gaga teamed with Sugarland to perform "Yoü And I" to the lucky crowd.
The night was incredible. I am now more excited than ever for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.