Grammy Awards 2014: Our Favorite Dresses of the Night

01/27/2014 at 08:00 AM ET

There weren’t many traffic-stopping moments at the Grammys this year (no one arrived in an egg, or wearing wings). In fact, neutral gowns seemed to be the theme of the evening, as you’ll see below. But that doesn’t mean there was nothing worth discussing from the red carpet. Quite the contrary. Our style team picked the five star looks that will be in their No. 1 spot when they share their “Best Dressed” list to Facebook later.

Kacey Musgraves Grammys 2014Jason Merritt/Getty/span>

Whitney Little, Associate Producer Kacey Musgraves is hardly a red carpet newbie, but this Armani Privé gown — and that beautiful side-swept updo — made me finally sit up and take notice of the country star. The nude tulle was a refreshing twist on the popular sheer trend, while also adding just the right amount of edge to a glamorous dress. And I love how sophisticated she looked (seriously, this look could have been spotted on the Oscars red carpet!) before tapping into her country roots in those crazy light-up cowboy boots.

Taylor Swift Grammys 2014Jason Merritt/Getty

Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: Here‘s how Taylor Swift felt about her Gucci Première gown. And here‘s how I felt. It was striking. It was classic. It was incredibly glamorous and super-simple all at the same time.

I’ll be honest, my first inclination when I saw “gold lamé with crystal mesh overlay” in the Gucci press release was to pinch myself to stay awake, since that describes pretty much any dress Taylor wears. But when Ryan Seacrest helped her onto the podium to chat, and I saw how perfectly it fit her and how happy she was in it, I was totally sold.

(Caveat: This is my favorite dress of the night. I was less crazy about the hair and makeup. But her exuberance overrode any reservations I had in that arena.)

Beyonce Grammys 2014Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: Overall, the Grammys fashion was pretty tame. (Maybe that’s because Miley Cyrus and Rihanna didn’t show. Sigh.) Then Beyoncé hit the stage to perform “Drunk In Love” with Jay-Z, and my heart started to race a bit. And then Bey debuted her main look of the evening, which was the show-stopping style moment I had been waiting for. Her white curve-loving gown, with its peek-a-boo sheer detailing, stole the show. I’m still trying to figure out how everything stayed in place so perfectly. Plus, her hair and beauty look was fierce. Of course.

Chrissy Teigen Grammys 2014Steve Granitz/WireImage

Andrea Lavinthal, Beauty and Style Director: How often does someone’s plus one make it onto the best dressed list? Chrissy Teigen didn’t just steal the spotlight when she arrived with husband John Legend in a dazzling gold Johanna Johnson gown — she grabbed it and refused to let it go, even when the actual Grammy nominees showed up. The strapless design featured a plunging neckline that showed off the model’s assets, plus a dramatic front slit and a train. She also nailed it with her wavy hair (love the side braid) and bronzy makeup.

Ciara Grammys 2014Christopher Polk/Getty

John Soper, Edtorial Assistant: My top red carpet maternity moment has always been Natalie Portman’s white Azzaro column dress she wore to the 2011 SAG Awards – until now. My favorite dress of the night was Ciara’s metallic Emilio Pucci gown. She proudly showed off her baby bump in this custom made gown, admitting that it took four fittings to get it just right (but that didn’t stop her from eating a club sandwich and fries right before the show).

She kept the rest of her look beautifully natural, and I had a hard time figuring out which was more radiant — her dress or her face. I think Kelly Clarkson summed up Ciara’s good vibe best in her tweet: “In my next life I definitely want to look like Ciara pregnant and not how I look right now, which is a hot swollen mess hahaha!”

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emma on

You have got to be joking.I take it four of these ladies paid you of to say they were your favorites,buy some glasses

aly on

I thought Katy Perrys dress was the best=)

mommy2eandl on

Beyoncé’s hair make her look like a Meth head and I REALLY don’t need to see her va-j-j!!!!!!! The writer is “trying to figure out how everything stayed in place so perfectly”…. it’s called PLASTIC SURGERY!!

Victoria Dodds on

Chrissy Teigen pretty much wins the statue for finest gown, John Legend at her side didn’t hurt either.

candy on

These are your favorite dresses of the night? Seriously? Wow . . . .

Jake on

Give me a break, Katy perry was THE best dressed, shockingly inventive and elegant

dancer92136 on

Love Taylor Swifts. I feel like Beyoncé has done that before in a different color and not a fan of Ciara’s dress on her. They left off P!nk. She looked beautiful

Marcia on

LOVED Katy Perry’s dress–it was elegant and the musical notes were just the right touch. My daughter and I were oohing and a aahing over it.

Alicia on

I think Ciara had the best dress out of this bunch they picked…

trena on

Chrissy Teigen was by far the best dressed of the night. What I don’t understand is why so many people commenting think Katy Perry was best dressed??

Tina on

@Associate Director, Britney, surely you must know there is a nude bodysuit under Beyonce’ s white sheath. Or are still wondering how everything stayed in place?

Charli on

Best dressed is subjective but I didn’t see Ciara until just now. She looks lovely.

Jordan Paul on

They all have nice dresses, honest.

aly on

Katy Perry was best dressed to me and my daughter,but we all have our own opinion..My daughter is 5 and the biggest katy Perry fan I know:)

Shannon on

I think Taylor and Ciara look the best out of the five listed. However, I think Miranda Lambert should’ve been included in this list. Beyonce’s dress was beyond classless and Chrissy Teigen’s breasts are going in different directions. This writer got it wrong for sure!

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