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The surprisingly sleek and stylish trends of the 2015 Grammy Awards

by Emily Sher / / Source: TODAY

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The music industry lives by a different set of style rules than the rest of us, which can lead to some wild fashion choices at the Grammy Awards — like, ahem, 56-year-old matadors. But the 2015 awards show brought something even more surprising: subdued choices from music's biggest stars. Here, we've gathered the most notable trends of the night.

The biggest transformations

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arriving at the Grammys in an egg in 2011, in an orbit dress in 2010 and in a silver gown in 2015.Getty Images

At past Grammy Award shows, Lady Gaga has arrived in an egg and looked like an extraterrestrial being. But this year Mama Monster played it straight, going sleek and glamorous in a fairly traditional silver gown.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj arrived at the Grammys with a Pope look-alike in 2012 and in a sexy, yet subdued dress in 2015.Getty Images

When Nicki Minaj first burst onto the scene, the rapper was known for her daring lyrics and wacky outfits. Remember when she dressed in a red robe and brought a Pope look-alike as her date in 2012? This year, a much tamer Minaj dressed in a plunging, fringe-covered dress.

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Shiny and slinky

From left: Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Katy Perry and Rita Ora.Getty Images

These musicians shone bright like a diamond!

Not-so-basic black

From left: Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Jessie J.Getty Images

With cutouts, fringe and sheer sections, these stars proved that black is far from boring.

White hot

From left: Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande.Getty Images

Minimalist white makes its mark on the red carpet, yet again.

More menswear!

From left: Gwen Stefani, Sia, Anna Kendrick and Charli XCX.EPA, Getty Images, AP

It looks like the menswear trend isn't going anywhere.

Pretty and poufy

From left: Rihanna and Ciara.Getty Images

These songstresses channeled their inner pretty princesses.

Men in Marsala

From left: Beck, Kanye West and Sam Smith.AP, Getty Images

The Pantone Color of the Year popped up on shirts, track suits and formal suits at the show.

This article was originally published Feb. 9, 2015 at 2:54 p.m. ET.

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