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Our Definitive Ranking of the Most Iconic Grammys Hair Looks of All Time

The Grammys have showcased some of the most iconic hair looks over the award show’s over 60 year history. From Cher and Bette Midler to Beyoncé and Rihanna, our favorite celebrities dare to go all out for the music event of the year.

With this year’s show right around the corner, we wanted to share our ranking of the most iconic Grammys hair looks of all time to hype you all up for the occasion.

Scroll below to see our favorite looks and discover which one takes the crown as the most iconic Grammys look ever!

31. Katy Perry’s Blue Pompadour (2012)

Though this look has us feeling blue, we were anything but sad. Katy’s sky-colored (and sky-high) tresses blue us away.

Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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30. Taylor Swift’s Blunt Bob (2016)

Taylor had everyone ready to cut their strands after she stepped onto the red carpet with this bold haircut.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Musician Taylor Swift arrives at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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29. Billie Eilish’s Neon Green Roots (2020)

Most people want to hide their roots, but Billie wanted to dye them neon green. And so did we after we say the songstress sporting this electrifying style.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Billie Eilish attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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28. Madonna’s Boss Bitch Vibes (2014)

Bitch, she is Madonna. Need we say more? She owns 51 percent of the Grammy Awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Madonna arrivals at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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27. Kacey Musgraves’ Romantic Low Pony (2019)

Kacey not only swept the Grammys in 2019, she also swept us off our feat with this sweet low ponytail look. She can make the simplest styles look extraordinary.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Kacey Musgraves pose at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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26. Pink’s Punk Fauxhawk (2002)

Pink got the party started with her light pink fauxhawk at the 2002 awards show ceremony.

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: US singer Pink arrives at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA, 27 February 2002. Pink, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim and Mya are nominated for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Lady Marmalade" from the soundtrack of "Moulin Rouge." AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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25. Ariana Grande’s Signature High Pony (2020)

We don’t think we’ll ever forget his look from Ariana. We know the high ponytail is her signature, but there’s something about this particular style that just does it for us.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Ariana Grande attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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24. Lana Del Rey’s Starry Headpiece (2018)

How’s Lana’s head? She hasn’t had any complaints, because this starry headpiece is brighter than our future.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Lana Del Rey arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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23. Jennifer Lopez’s Iconic Versace Moment (2000)

This is the reason Google Image search even exists. Not only is the outfit major, but so are Jlo’s tresses. This half-up half-down look is very popular these days.

Jennifer Lopez (Photo by S. Granitz/WireImage)
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22. Christina Aguilera’s Retro Raven-Hue Bob (2004)

We’re so used to seeing Christina with blonde hair that we forget she ever dyed her strands another color. Her dark tresses paired with this 1920s-style updo suit her so well.

Christina Aguilera with her award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in the press room at the 46th annual Grammy Awards. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
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21. TLC’s Sleek Strands (1996)

The trio took home a Grammy for every category they were nominated for, all while looking effortlessly cool. Stars these days could never.

T-Boz, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Chilli of TLC during The 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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20. Lil’ Kim’s Red Hot Coils (2002)

Lil’ Kim has never shied away from daring to go bold with her hair colors. Thank goodness, because we always love seeing what look she’ll sport next. They’ve all been amazing, though we’re partial to these red curls.

Lil' Kim with Lady Marmalade Grammy at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca., Feb. 27, 2002. (photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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19. Salt-N-Pepa’s Mint Green Fantasy (1996)

Whatever Salt-N-Pepa was selling at the 1996 award show, we bought it. And we would gladly buy it again.

Sandra "Pepa" Denton, Cheryl "Salt" James and Deidre "Spinderella" Roper of Salt-N-Pepa (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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18. Mariah Carey’s Glamorous Updo (1996)

Mariah looked like royalty with her glamorous updo. Clearly, 1996 was a great year for Grammys style.

Mariah Carey and Andy Garcia (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
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17. Rihanna’s Fairytale Bun (2015)

Rihanna was the belle of the ball at the 2015 Grammys with her eye-catching pink dress and slicked-back bun. Talk about a vision in pink!

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Rihanna attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
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16. Beyoncé’s Waist-Length Mane (2017)

No descriptors are enough to do this sultry Beyoncé look justice. It is her world and we’re so lucky to be living in it.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Beyonce poses in the press room at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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15. Jennifer Lopez’s Wide-Brim Hat (2019)

We’re not only fans of how the jewels on the hat match those on the outfit, but also how Jlo can use the accessory to her advantage. Hardly anyone could see her eyes, so no one would know if she rolled them or even shut them during the event. Fashion, but make it functional.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Jennifer Lopez attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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14. Whitney Houston’s Flipped Out Strands (2000)

There’s something about this hairstyle that feels so Whitney. It’s fun, free, exciting, light—truly embodying everything she is as a person. And, if we do say so ourselves, it’s the happiest she has ever looked.

LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 23: Singer Whitney Houston with her Grammy Award at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 23, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
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13. Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Blonde Buzzcut (1998)

Few people can rock a shaved head like Jada Pinkett-Smith. This bleach blonde style really brings out her stunning features.

Jada Pinkett smiles radiantly at the 40th annual Grammy Awards at the Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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12. Cher’s Butterfly Clip (1974)

Before butterfly clips were even a thing, Cher made them one. We should’ve known this trend could only come from someone as fabulous as Cher.

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 2: Entertainer Cher attends the Grammy awards wearing a large butterfly pin in her hair on March 2, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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11. Selena Quintanilla’s Messy Beehive (1994)

We think about this look a lot and we know we’re not alone. How her stylist achieved this flawless take on the beehive, we’ll never know.

UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Selena in the press room at the 1994 Grammy Awards in New York City, New York (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
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10. Lady Gaga’s Yellow Locks (2010)

Yellow isn’t often a hair color we see too often. Gaga pulled it off quite well with her galactic getup.

Singer Lady Gaga arrives at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
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9. Janelle Monáe’s Masterpiece (2019)

That avant-garde hat. The striking fishtail braid. We could write a dissertation on why every element of this masterpiece should go down as one of the greatest Grammys looks of all time. If you disagree, you’re wrong.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Janelle Monae attends the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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8. Dolly Parton’s Big Blonde Hair (1977)

Dolly’s hair is so big, not because it’s full of secrets, but because her heart couldn’t store all the kindness she has flowing through her veins. That and it is signature Dolly style.

Dolly Parton at the Hollywood Paladium in Hollywood, California (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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7. Lauryn Hill’s Braided Bob (1997)

Many remember Lauryn Hill’s signature dreadlocks, so this hairstyle is often overlooked. We’ve been really obsessed with it for years, because it’s such a beautiful style we don’t see too often.

Lauryn Hill at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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6. Britney Spears’ Take on Old Hollywood Glamour (2000)

This is one of Britney’s best red carpet moments. We love how she took the Old Hollywood style and found a way to make it her own.

Britney Spears at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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5. Mary J. Blige’s Leopard Look (1996)

Here we are once again making the case that the 1996 Grammys were the most fashion-forward of them all with this look from Mary J. Blige. The head-to-toe leopard print? Come on! We love that she used her hair to accentuate the look, rather than draw attention from it.

Mary J. Blige at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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4. Beyoncé’s Goddess of the Underworld (2018)

Beyoncé always looks rich whenever she attends an event, and it’s because she is. But she looked like a whole other level of expensive in this Black Panther Party-inspired ensemble. Her brilliant cornrows left us in awe once again over her exquisite taste level.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy Carter and recording artist Beyonce attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
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3. Rihanna’s Voluminous Curls (2018)

Just as we couldn’t include one Beyoncé look, we had to include another Rihanna look. Ri’s voluminous curls took our breath away when she stepped on the stage to perform that year. She looks like Ariel and you can’t tell us otherwise.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)
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2. Bette Midler’s Record Hair Accessory (1975)

We want more campy accessories like Bette Midler’s record hair clip. Like how fun is that? Imagine if today’s hottest stars went all out like Bette.

Bette Midler and Stevie Wonder at the Uris Theater in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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1. Zendaya’s Fashion-Forward Mullet (2016)

There is no look Zendaya can’t pull off. Case in point, this mullet. She looks so good, this photo needs to be hung up in a museum somewhere. Zendaya dared to venture into uncharted territory and came out looking as radiant as ever. Little did she now the mullet would make quite the comeback years later.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Actress/singer Zendaya arrives at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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