Grammy Fashion: Black Magic

While the Grammy ceremony is widely regarded as a more liberal awards shindig, red carpet fashion for the women of music was a serious, serious game.

Dramatic black frocks have a transformative power. Teen sensation Miley Cyrus went from bumbling girl in denim cuttoffs to serious sophistication in Max Azria, a sweeping up-do and luxurious jewels.

Kate Beckinsale brought some high-fashion cred to the ceremony, in a form-fitting Reem Acra gown (though it’s questionable what, in fact, brought Beckinsale to the ceremony in the first place).

Jennifer Hudson showed off a gorgeous figure in a sheer black skirt, gray belting and rouched white halter dress, owning the evening with a Grammy win and stunning performance.

Other beauties in black: Taylor Swift, Duffy and Jordin Sparks.