For the Grammy Awards’ A-list attendees, thinking outside of the box when it comes to red carpet fashion and jewelry is not only accepted, it’s highly encouraged. After all, the world’s most popular musicians and performers are anything but boring.
Known as “Music’s Biggest Night,” the Grammy Awards celebrate music of all genres, which makes for an eclectic guest list and unforgettable fashion moments that live on long after the show comes to a close. From Cher’s whimsical post-divorce look in 1974 to the mountain of diamonds layers on Lenny Kravitz, these Grammy diamond jewelry looks have rightfully earned a place in red carpet fashion history.
Cher brought daring looks to the red carpet decades before it was cool. For the 1974 Grammys—and fresh off of her divorce from ex-husband Sonny Bono—Cher got everyone talking when she wore a sheer, white two-piece gown with a sequined butterfly embellishment at the bust and in her hair. She added even more dazzle to the look with a diamond bangle and rings.
Mariah Carey, 1993
Mariah Carey was a vision in red at the 1993 Grammys, where the superstar wore a crimson sheath dress, diamond earrings, and her signature 90s curls.
Jennifer Lopez, 2000
If you remember nothing else from the 42nd Grammy Awards, you remember J.Lo’s historic green Versace dress. The look catapulted Lopez into superstardom, initiated the invention of Google Images, and was paired with minimal drop diamond earrings.
Britney Spears, 2000
Pop princess Britney Spears looked angelic at the 2000 Grammy Awards, where she wore a chic Randolph Duke gown, fluffy shawl and a shimmering diamond necklace.
Toni Braxton, 2001
When she snagged the Grammy for best female R&B vocal performance in 2001, songstress Toni Braxton’s revealing white cutout Richard Tyler gown has gone down as one of the most risqué dresses to take the red carpet, teamed with diamond brooch earrings, a thin pavé diamond bracelet, and a long vertical diamond bar pendant necklace.
Missy Elliot, 2003
Hip-hop trailblazer Missy Elliot had every reason to celebrate during the 45th Grammys. That year, she won her 2nd Grammy wearing an iced-out pendant that featured her likeness.
Attending the Grammy Awards solo for the first time, Beyoncé sparkled in a gilded gold gown, teamed with a massive Lorraine Schwartz yellow diamond ring, wrapped in white diamonds in 2004. Beyoncé’s debut solo album Dangerously in Love, snagged her various Grammy Awards, including the Best Contemporary R&B album award and Best R&B song for “Crazy in Love.”
Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas wore a diamond-studded ear-shaped earpiece with a black stone stud at the 2007 Grammy Awards, with a black woven fedora, a black suit with a silver tie by Yves Saint Laurent, and a diamond-encrusted watch with six faces.
Katy Perry, 2012
Katy Perry lit up the Grammy red carpet in 2012 rocking blue hair, an Elie Saab dress and stunning Asscher cut diamond drop earrings by Norman Silverman worth a reported $1.6 million.
Bringing home an enormous pile of Grammy Awards in 2012, Adele wore a classic black gown, a diamond pavé thick ring, and glittering diamond hoop earrings.
Madonna is a longtime fan of Neil Lane, and for the 2014 Grammys, the icon wore custom “M.E.” diamond initial rings by the designer to go with her sparkly glove and Ralph Lauren suit.
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift were BFF goals on the red carpet for the 2016 Grammys. Selena stunned in a shimmering deep blue sequined Calvin Klein Collection dress and jewelry by David Webb and Norman Silverman, while Taylor was a neon dream in Versace and a 40 carat multicolored diamond choker by Lorraine Schwartz.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, 2017
Beyoncé makes an iconic fashion moment every year she attends the Grammys, but the 400 carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond necklace worth $12 million she wore to the 2017 show is one of her most memorable Grammy jewelry looks to date. Jay-Z had a jewelry moment of his own that night, wearing the diamond and onyx Panthère de Cartier ring that goes for $191,000.
Rihanna didn’t wear just any earrings to the 2017 Grammys, the star wore stunners from her Rihanna Loves Chopard Haute Joaillerie partnership. The one-of-a-kind floral chandelier earrings were made with diamonds and 12 other gemstones, and she also wore a marquise-cut Chopard diamond solitaire ring among her dazzling array of jewelry, which included a diamond watch, rings and bracelets.
Cardi B, 2018
Cardi B aced her Grammys red carpet debut in 2018 wearing a voluminous Ashi Studio gown and diamond earrings and bracelets by Messika.
Hip-hop trio Migos may have been inspired by Michael Jackson when Julien Macdonald designed their matching blazers for the 2018 Grammys, but the layers upon layers of diamond chains, pendants, rings and watches they wore is a signature Migos look they have made their own.
Big Sean, 2018
Big Sean kept his 2018 Grammy look tasteful and simple, rocking diamond stud earrings and three layered diamond tennis necklaces to the event. Men, take notes!
Dua Lipa, 2019
Dua Lipa is sure to be a fixture at the Grammys for many years to come, and her Bulgari High Jewelry look from 2019 is proof that she will deliver a stunning moment every time.
Lady Gaga, 2019
Lady Gaga is known for making the red carpet at the Grammys her personal runway. For the 2019 show, Gaga wore 10 carat, princess cut Tiffany diamond earrings and a 91 carat, mixed cut diamond necklace from the Tiffany Blue Book collection that took a year to make.
Lizzo‘s 2021 Grammy look was an iced-out dream, from her Balmain gown to her 267 carats of Bulgari diamonds. For the event, Lizzo went with Bulgari’s Serpenti necklace, bracelets and rings and finished the looked with her diamond grill.
Megan Thee Stallion, 2021
Megan Thee Stallion was a big winner at the 2021 Grammys, nabbing three awards while covered in Chopard. The star wore 220 carats of Chopard diamonds, including a necklace from the Red Carpet Collection, and a 83.42 carat diamond bracelet set in 18 karat white Fairmined gold from the Green Carpet Collection.
Ingrid Andress, 2021
Ingrid Andress glittered from head to toe at the 2021 Grammys in a Giorgio Armani Privé crystal-laden bodysuit and Chopard jewels. Her look included 21.59 carat diamond earrings set in 18 karat white gold from the Red Carpet collection, and rings with more than 10 carats of diamonds.
Doja Cat, 2022
Doja Cat can do no wrong on the red carpet, especially when draped in an array of diamond jewels from Samer Halim New York and Jacob & Co.
Lenny Kravitz, 2022
Rocker Lenny Kravitz mixed edge and elegance in a Saint Laurent chainmail stunning layers of diamond necklaces and bracelets by Anthony Kantor at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
Beyoncé became the most awarded artist in Grammy’s history at the 2023 awards ceremony, winning her 32nd award (for Best Dance/Electronic Album) while wearing Lorraine Schwartz Fancy Drop Earrings including 6 white diamonds totaling more than 70 carats.
Cardi B, 2023
Cardi B was easily one of the best dressed stars of the night at the 2023 Grammy Awards, wearing a stunning royal blue Gaurav Gupta couture gown and natural diamond jewelry from Messika.
Taylor Swift donned Lorraine Schwartz kite-shaped earrings at the 2023 Grammy Awards. The superstar wore more than $3 million in jewelry, including 136 carats of Lorraine Schwartz natural purple sapphires, Paraibas and diamonds. Her look also included a purple sapphire and white diamond inlay ring and additional rings with precious stones.