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Gallery: fashion at the Grammys

Los Angeles - Music's brightest stars bared lots of skin on the Grammys red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday, oozing sex appeal and taking fashion risks on the industry's biggest night.

Pop princess Katy Perry, who is up for two awards for her girl power anthem “Roar,” floated up the red carpet in a gauzy white Valentino gown, with music notes scattered along the skirt.

Katy Perry arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Actress Anna Kendrick arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Picture: REUTERS/Danny MoloshokSinger and dancer Zendaya arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokDaft Punk arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/APLL Cool J, Simone Johnson, and Nina Simone Smith (L) arrive at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokHip hop artists Macklemore (R) and Ryan Lewis pose backstage.    REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonCyndi Lauper poses in the press room with the award for best musical theater album for "Kinky Boots". Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/APMadonna arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. Photo: Danny MoloshokAriana Grande, left, and Alicia Keys arrive at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/APSinger Pink arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.     REUTERS/Danny MoloshokTaylor Swift performs "All of Me" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Cente. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Asked by E! Television's Ryan Seacrest about her performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, she said it would be “very spooky.”

Taylor Swift, who is up for the coveted Album of the Year prize for “Red,” glittered in a metallic belted short-sleeved golden gown from Gucci with a daring slit up the back, and her hair in a simple ponytail.

Pink, who is vying for the Song of the Year award for “Just Give Me a Reason,” went for va-va-voom glamour in a strapless fire-engine red Johanna Johnson gown.

The Grammys have been the scene of some of fashion's classic red carpet moments: Jennifer Lopez's plunging barely-there green Versace gown at the 2000 event is still seen as a benchmark.

Alicia Keys, a winner for best R&B album for “Girl on Fire,” wore a cobalt blue Armani gown with a plunging neckline and shiny black detailing at the waist.

Madonna rocked a tailored gender-bending double-breasted Ralph Lauren black suit and tie - and carried a walking stick. Her son David wore a similar look, and she said he had helped her choose the ensemble.

Cyndi Lauper, a Grammy winner for best musical theater album for her Broadway show “Kinky Boots,” wore a black Alexander McQueen cape-style coat and leggings, looking every bit the rock star.

The male stars in attendance at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles did not disappoint.

Both hip-hop star Macklemore - a winner for Best New Artist - and “Blurred Lines” crooner Robin Thicke wore velvet tuxedo jackets - the former in turquoise, the latter in navy Armani.

Grammys host rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J also went with a velvet jacket - in deep purple.

Macklemore's bandmate Ryan Lewis strutted his stuff in a black and gray large houndstooth suit, while rapper Kendrick Lamar opted for a tight-fitting slate blue suit, with a black shirt underneath.

French electro duo Daft Punk of course wore the ultimate accessory -their trademark shiny helmets.- Sapa-AFP

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