Also known as the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer skyrocketed to fame during the 70s disco era. Who can forget hits like “I Feel Love” or “Hot Stuff”? The Queen received two nominations for the 1983 Grammys:
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Even though Summer didn’t take the award home that year, she did win everybody’s attention with her outfit. Above, we see Donna Summer wearing a gorgeous, Southern belle-style leopard print gown with a grand hoop skirt and tulle underlayer.
Pat Benatar – 1982
Famous American rock singer Pat Benatar was huge in the 80s, with classics like “Heartbreaker” and “Love is a Battlefield.” Benatar won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and she accepted her award looking fabulous.
Above, Benatar is seen alongside their husband Neil Giraldo at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards, wearing a very rock and roll lace-up black dress and 80s-style purple eye shadow with red lipstick. Pat definitely honored her rock and roll roots with the outfit.
Grace Jones – 1983
Jamaican-born model and singer Grace Jones have been a fashion icon since the 70s. Her disruptive and bold fashion choices have made her one of America’s most famous models, stunning everybody at every event with her unique outfits.
Above, Grace Jones attends the 1983 Grammy Awards in an avant-garde, science-fiction-themed black leather-straw outfit and an ultra-wide brim hat that looked more like an umbrella than an accessory. She paired the look with jewel-toned, purple eyeshadow, hot pink blush, and flawless red shiny lipstick.
Diana Ross – 1988
Diana Ross made her fame with the 1960s Motown act, The Supremes. Then Ross went on to have an extremely successful solo career, with chart-topping hits like “Endless Love” and “I’m Coming Out.” Ross has been nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, winning a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
In 1988, Diana Ross attended the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in a stunning black sleeveless dress with gold and sequin details. But, of course, let’s not forget her gorgeous black mane that goes with any outfit.
Paula Abdul – 1990
For the 30th Annual Grammy Awards in 1990, singer Paula Abdul decided to honor the 80s with a fabulous monochromatic, gold fringe dress that truly made her look like a shining star. To make it even more 80s, Abdul wore a high, half ponytail with a matching gold scrunchie.
Of course, let’s not forget the shiny golden clutch purse and shiny shoes. Abdul was nominated for her first Grammy ever that year for “Straight Up,” and even though she didn’t win, she was probably comforted by the fact that she looked like an actual Grammy statue herself.