Take a Trip Back in Time to the Grammys Red Carpet 10 Years Ago

2011 gave us Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding, Bridesmaids, plus Beyoncé's surprise pregnancy announcement. But the 2011 Grammys? That's a red carpet flashback you can't miss.

By McKenna Aiello Mar 14, 2021 5:00 PMTags
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When it comes to red carpets, music's biggest night consistently delivers, well, the biggest. 

The countdown to the 2021 Grammys is officially underway, and what better way to celebrate Sunday's event than with a trip down memory lane? Enter the 2011 Grammy Awards. 

Ten years ago, country music trio Lady A (formerly known as Lady Antebellum) and rock band Arcade Fire were among the evening's big winners, the latter spurring #WhoIsArcadeFire to trend online after their Album of the Year win. And while the next decade made way for a brand new set of Grammy champs—and continuous drama—there was nothing quite like a red carpet in the early 2010s. 

Lady Gaga shocked viewers at home when she arrived to the Grammys concealed in a cocoon-like egg, and then-newbie Ariana Grande hit the red carpet still rocking her vibrant red locks rocking from her Nickelodeon era. 

And yes, even the cast of Jersey Shore snagged an invite.

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Here's our look back at the 2011 Grammy Awards, nostalgia guaranteed

Rob & Kim Kardashian

Never not keeping up! The brother-sister duo went full Hollywood for the 2011 Grammy Awards. 

Miley Cyrus

Fresh off the series conclusion to Hannah Montana, a then-18-year-old Miley strutted the red carpet to prove she "Can't Be Tamed."

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj & Tyga

Givenchy designed the hip-hop queen's statement-making ensemble for her Grammys debut. 

Naya Rivera

The late actress and her Glee co-stars were nominated for two Grammys in 2011. 

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert

At the time, this former country music power couple was just months away from tying the knot. Blake and Miranda would announce their divorce in 2015. 

Justin Bieber

Ready to feel old? The tween superstar nabbed his first Grammy nods in 2011 for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. 

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

Ah, to be young and in love! Legend took home three Grammys that night, including Best R&B Album. 

Lady Gaga

Yes, that's the pop superstar making her Grammys entrance in an egg. Gaga said she spent 72 hours inside the eccentric vessel in preparation of her "Born This Way" performance. 

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban

It simply wouldn't be a red carpet without an appearance from these A-listers. 


The music superstar claimed her status as a fashion icon in this daring Jean Paul Gaultier design.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith & Willow Smith

Riding the wave of Willow's breakout hit "Whip My Hair," the Smith family showed up and showed out at the 2011 Grammys. 

Selena Gomez

The former Disney darling exuded elegance in this gold J. Mendel gown. 

Russell Brand & Katy Perry

Not only did the pop star wear angel wings on the red carpet, she brought her then-husband and grandma as plus-ones to the event. 


The "Goodies" songstress perfected the art of mid 2000s fashion in this bedazzled dress with cutouts. 

Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

Only months before they'd go their separate ways in July 2011, the artists presented the Grammy for Record of the Year to country group Lady A

Dierks Bently & Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino

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While the rapper lost the Grammy for Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding, a decade later he's still one of the biggest names in music. 

Ariana & Frankie Grande

Fresh-faced, yet still just as fierce. Ari brought her brother to her very first Grammy Awards. 

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

Jersey Shore's resident "meatball" brought GTL to the red carpet. 

Bruno Mars

The singer won his first, but certainly not his last, Grammy in 2011. In the 10 years since, Bruno's been awarded 11 Grammys in total. 

Check out E! News' 2022 Grammy Awards page for a full recap of music's biggest night.