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Stars in hats: The celeb headwear hall of fame

By Chiara AtikLegendary performers Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, and LL Cool J now have another feather to add to their fashionable caps -- the three are among this year’s inductees into the Headwear Hall of Fame. Each year, The Headwear Association (THA) nominates six celebrities who are known for frequently wearing hats, and who have had a positive impact on the popularity of headwear fashions. Sure,
Lady Gaga, hat-wearing hall-of-famer.
Lady Gaga, hat-wearing hall-of-famer.

By Chiara Atik

Legendary performers Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, and LL Cool J now have another feather to add to their fashionable caps -- the three are among this year’s inductees into the Headwear Hall of Fame

Each year, The Headwear Association (THA) nominates six celebrities who are known for frequently wearing hats, and who have had a positive impact on the popularity of headwear fashions.

Sure, it’s not a Grammy, but no doubt Lady Gaga was tickled to learn her penchant for eye-catching hats, made out of everything from meat to her own hair, is being officially recognized. LL Cool J also earned himself a spot in the Hall Of Fame, and with good reason: His baseball caps and berets have become so much a part of his look, he’s sometimes difficult to recognize without them. Kid Rock’s rugged cowboy hats and black fedoras earned his spot, as did Victoria Beckham’s elegant caps and fascinators. Fred Astaire and Marlene Dietrich are both being recognized posthumously for their Hollywood Golden Era top hats and feathered brims.

All of these hat lovers are certainly worthy, but we couldn’t help but notice two glaring omissions, the very ladies responsible for the hat moment of 2011: British Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice at the royal wedding.Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

While their wacky Phillip Treacy hats weren’t, shall we say, universally adored, they did bring headwear to the forefront of Royal Wedding news coverage. Luckily, the princesses are still young, with a long hat-wearing life ahead of them. Who knows what sorts of wacky, sculptural hats they might wear to earn them a place in 2012’s Headwear Hall Of Fame.

Click here to check out our slideshow of celeb hat hall-of-famers

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