2013 Grammy Awards: Best and Worst Black Gowns on the Red Carpet

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2013 Grammy Awards: Best and Worst Black Gowns on the Red Carpet
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(Alicia Keys)

Black gowns are always incredibly popular at award shows and it was no different at the 2013 Grammy Awards on February 10. Although they flatter every body type, there's always a high risk that they're going to be yawn-worthy thanks to the color. Many of the music industry's best and brightest walked the red carpet in black gowns, and while some stars looked fantastic, others apparently forgot to look in the mirror before leaving the house. So who wore the best and worst black gowns at the 2013 Grammys?

Carly Rae Jepsen

The 27-year-old stepped out in a strapless black Roberto Cavalli gown that she said reminded her of "The Little Mermaid." When explaining what inspired her look for the evening, she said, "You're going to laugh at me. It's the Disney moment where Ariel steps out of the water and she has legs. That's what the dress was for me -- I'm like, 'I got legs!'" Sadly, this is one of those boring black dresses that doesn't garner a "Wow!" She was nominated for two Grammys - Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance - and lost out on both awards.

Carrie Underwood

The country crooner wore a black Roberto Cavalli gown that was similar in style to Jepsen's. Although she looked beautiful and the dress fit her perfectly, there's something about the style that's just not working for her. However, that 381-carat diamond necklace certainly was. Carrie walked away with awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

Miranda Lambert

The beauty wore a black Roberto Cavalli halter gown that she paired with a matching clutch, large flower earrings and a cuff bracelet. The plunging neckline and thigh-high slit added some sexiness to what would have been a boring dress and it looked perfect on her. She was up for Best Country Album but lost out to Zac Brown Band.

Jennifer Lopez

J. Lo wore a black Anthony Vaccarello gown that looked more like a bed sheet than a dress. It showcased her left arm and shoulder as well as her right leg courtesy of the dangerously high slit. She completed the look with black and metallic strappy heels, gold bracelets and a black and metallic clutch and wore her hair in a high knot. While the accessories are fabulous, the dress is anything but.

Alicia Keys

The 32-year-old wore a black Azzedine Alaia gown that left a little skin showing at the stomach. The whole dress was just wrong and didn't flatter her at all. The alligator print at the top looked tacky and the pleated bottom of the dress looked ridiculous. It certainly wasn't one of her best looks. She took the stage at the event along with Maroon 5 where they performed a medley of "Daylight" and "Girl on Fire."

Faith Hill

The black J. Mendel knee-length frock didn't work for this particular event. Sure, with the dress code, the ensembles were more conservative than in year's past, but this frock was a little too formal. She looked pretty and the dress looked nice on her, but she should have went with something a little more fun and flashy for the Grammys. Her date for the evening was her hubby, Tim McGraw.

Kelly Rowland

Apparently, the songstress missed the memo about the dress code. She walked the red carpet in a black Georges Chakra gown that had a strategically placed sheer maze pattern from top-to-bottom. There's no doubt that everyone will be talking about this gown, especially the Grammy folks who were likely wagging their fingers in disappointment. The gown was risky, sexy and classy, but the pattern is a bit too distracting.

Sound off! Who do you think wore the best and worst black dresses on the red carpet?

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