• Weekend Hot! or Hmm…: 2012 Pre-Grammys Gala, NAACP Image Awards Luncheon, The 54th Annual Grammys, and More!

    Happy Monday!

    Tons of celebs were out this weekend at various industry events making up for the last few weekends where sightings were scarce.

    Let’s just jump right in…

    Kelly Rowland donned a head of curls and blue shadow that matched her dress. The camera’s flash seems to have washed her out though :/

    Love this long sleeve floor length sequined number though.

    Oh, Toni Braxton :x I have so many questions. Why is it you and your sisters seldom ever get your foundation match right? *sigh* Did you say something mean to your makeup artist? Are there no mirrors in your house? Where did the red in the brows even come from?

    But she turned it out in true Toni form with this long cut-out dress. Work!

    Serena Williams killed it in this sleeveless green Dolce & Gabbana number. Hair, makeup, and everything look great. Hot!

    Sanaa Lathan and her awesome hair came through. Wish there was more color in her makeup look—either on the cheeks or on the lips.

    Not feeling the dress at all. The shape makes her look very broad up top :/

    India.Arie showed up in an all-white suit and head wrap that I like.

    I was rocking with the makeup until I got to the brows. Where’s the rest of them? And were they drawn on with a Sharpie?

    Gladys Knight looks awesome in this teal floor length gown with ruching. Perfect silhouette for the “Midnight Train” singer. Hot!

    Esperanza Spalding stepped out in organza and…shredded plastic? Can’t let the Bieber fans see you slip, E—especially after they roasted you on Twitter last Grammys for taking the Best New Artist award from their beloved prince.

    Ciara decided to switch things up with her hair and opted for a bold ombre look. Love the style, hate the color. The blonde makes her hair look cheap :/

    And only someone with a body like Ciara’s can rock a getup like this. Hmm…

    Amber Rose sauntered in wearing this asymmetrical long slit leopard print number. Perfect look for Amber—tattoos and all.

    The makeup is a little severe—OK, it’s a LOT severe. Not sure where the green lipstick and angled brows come in. Stay out of Lady Gaga‘s makeup bag, A!

    Garcelle Beauvais looked hot in crisp white—but the detail on the dress makes her body look lumpy :(

    Then at the NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon…

    I love everything about Keke Palmer‘s look—especially the bodycon dress—it’s age appropriate and won’t get her in trouble with her strict parents. Hot!

    Tatyana Ali wore a cobalt blue off the shoulder dress. I appreciate that though this is quite a voluminous look, it’s still cinched where it matters. I’m underwhelmed with the shoe choice though–a pair of glittery strappy sandals would have done the look more justice.

    Anika Noni Rose looks great in peach, but can’t say I’m digging this get up. I mean, it’s perfect for say a summer picnic, but for an NAACP luncheon? Too casual for me.

    Tonya Lee Williams looks good in this long sleeve grey sheath accented with pearls and bow tip pumps.

    Over in New York City…

    Solange hit the 1s and 2s at the BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger after party in what else—BCBG. LOVE the high slit and this yellow and white combo suits her complexion well. Hot!

    At the Grammys…

    Alicia Keys wore an Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2012 Couture dress while her hubby Swizz Beats channeled his inner Prince and stepped out in a purple velvet blazer and matching bow tie. Love the dress on her, but I would have skipped the purple tie on him—seems a little gimmicky.

    Continuing with the couple’s theme…

    I actually like Wiz Khalifa‘s white tuxedo jacket and leather pants look (what size are those pants–a zero? sorry—couldn’t resist). Amber Rose loves her asymmetrical and high slit dresses doesn’t she? Within reason though because they fit her so well. Hot!

    Oh Taraji :/ See, we KNOW you can do better than this, girlfriend. This ill-fitting disaster of a dress is so beneath you.

    Can’t even say she made up for it with hair and makeup. Dag, Taraji—did you piss off your entire glam squad??

    Goldie Hawn Rihanna wore a simple Armani deep V-neck gown that is boring me to tears. C’mon, Rihanna—we know you got a nice paying gig with the brand, but this is the Grammys! We need more–or at least I do…lol.

    LOVE the makeup, but hate the hair.

    Rick Ross looked like he came right from the wing stop and headed right over to the Grammy red carpet. We get that the Grammys aren’t say The Academy Awards, but dag dude—put in some effort.

    Nicki Minaj added herself to the list of artists to upset the Catholic church when she arrived with this Pope prop and Versace costume. *sigh* *says three Hail Marys*

    Yikes–this hair and makeup makes her look like Jocelyn Wildenstein :x

    Melanie Fiona played it SUPER safe in this strapless printed maxi. It’s like two polar opposites with her dress and Nicki Minaj’s ensemble. Has no one seen outfits of Grammys past?

    I like the pieces of MC Lyte‘s outfit, but not all together. The dress works for the former rapper and Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter President, but take away that arm band and those horse shoes.

    Marsha Ambrosius gets 10s all across the board for the 40s inspired ringlets, luminous makeup, silver long sleeve shift, and pewter pumps. HOT!

    LL Cool J looks dapper in his suit, but I want to run up and snatch that hat off. Why, Todd??

    Ledisi, girl, I was with you on this gown but we have got to support the girls. Over there looking like my grandma Esme with those things…smh

    Makeup is applied perfectly—just not feeling the pink shadow and gloss on her.

    Hey, Laurieann Gibson—take off your jacket and stay awhile! And are your boots and pants all in one? A leather onesie, perhaps? Hmm…

    Kelly Rowland rocked this sheer appliqued bodice Alberta Ferretti gown. The color and fit are perfect for her frame.

    I don’t hate the hair and makeup, but I also don’t love it. The too-light lip gloss throws it off.

    John Legend could have stepped right out of the pages of GQ in this suit. Love the European tailoring.

    Jennifer Hudson was stunning in this mid length hairstyle and honey’s face was BEAT! I totally missed the show last night so I’ll have to catch her tribute to my love Whitney Houston on Youtube. How did she do?

    I can work with this belted draped ombre dress, Esperanza Spalding. It’s a bit out there but the shape brings it back to earth.

    I can get the no makeup thing, but for the cameras-sake put something on, Esperanza! A little blush and brow grooming never hurt nobody.

    Diana Ross took a more demure take on her wardrobe donning a simple pantsuit with coughstockingsandpromshoessneeze. I can dig it.

    She makes it “Diana” with the big hair and soulful eyes.

    Corrine Bailey Rae took a risk with this look–I’m down with the bold lip color and massive head of curls.

    But this Christian Siriano dress paired with these Christian Siriano for Payless shoes was a miss. A simple sleek pump would have pulled it all together.

    *wipes drool off keyboard* Common, Common, Common. Though his outfit is a tad too casual, the “I’m too cool for this” vibe he’s projecting makes it work. For me at least.

    And finally AJ Calloway looked sharp in an open collar tie-less suit. This is my favorite red carpet look for a man—especially when tailored the way this one is. I’m ignoring the white shoes–will not let them ruin this moment.

    And that rounds it out! Which look is your favorite?