Grammy Awards 2021: Red carpet in pictures

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The stars swapped their lockdown comfies for glad rags on "music's biggest night".

The Grammy Awards defied the pandemic by having a real live (Covid-safe) ceremony, and a real red carpet.

R&B singer Lizzo was among the stars walking along it, arriving in a strapless, shimmering green dress on her way to presenting the best new artist award.

"On my way to the function ya'll," she wrote of her look on Instagram.

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That best new artist award went to Megan Thee Stallion, who confirmed that the future of rap music is indeed orange.

"I just really wanted to pop. Like, I wanted to look like a Grammy," she said. "So I manifested this."

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Taylor Swift had six nominations going into the awards, and won album of the year for her lockdown album Folklore.

In keeping with the album's rural theme, she opted for a Oscar de la Renta dress covered in floral details.

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Host and comedian Trevor Noah promised the show wouldn't be "pandemic-y", with some of the biggest nominees and performers in a (socially distanced) tent in Los Angeles - and everyone else tuning in online.

"This isn't a zoom background," he assured viewers in his opening monologue. "My uncle isn't gonna walk behind me naked."

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Billie Eilish stylishly matched her bucket hat with her face mask - fashionable yet practical.

She soon changed into something more comfortable to dance on top of a car during her performance of the ballad Everything I Wanted, which was named record of the year. The set replicated her self-directed video for the song.

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Harry Styles brought a selection of pastel-coloured feather boas to the ceremony, where he won best pop vocal performance for his summer anthem Watermelon Sugar.

He said the song was written on a "day off in Nashville" - but does it really count as a day off if you end up writing an international hit single?

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You can do anything at the Grammys, but lay off DaBaby's green suede shoes.

The colourfully-suited rapper was nominated in four categories, including best record for Rockstar, and also performed with Dua Lipa.

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Indie singer-songwriter and LA local Phoebe Bridgers was up for best new artist, and she took the chance to make a great first impression with this embroidered skeleton dress.

It's a fancier version of the long-sleeved T-shirt she's worn throughout the promotional campaign for her album of the year nominee, Punisher.

Asked by reporters what she'd do if she won, she replied: "I mean, you know… very Covid-ish. Go and have an orange juice in my house with my mom."

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Dua Lipa won best pop vocal album for Future Nostalgia, and received five other nominations.

After walking the red carpet with her manager Ben Mawson, the British-Kosovan star performed a medley of her hits Levitating and Don't Start Now.

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Doja Cat had three nominations, and she rolled into the awards in a fitted motorcycle jacket.

"I like something that's out there," she told reporters. "I have been very toned down lately. This is like something I have always wanted to do."

It could get chilly on the freeway later.

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US singer-songwriting queen H.E.R turned up in the colour of kings - purple.

She won song of the year for I Can't Breathe, which was written in response to George Floyd's death in police custody last year.

"I wanted to talk about the pain that only the black community experiences," she said.

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