The 75 most iconic red carpet looks of 2020

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  • Even though the world essentially shut down in March, all of the big award ceremonies still took place before the pandemic.
  • Zendaya had multiple iconic red carpet looks this year.
  • Billie Eilish also slayed more than one red carpet in 2020.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

From Ariana Grande's gray princess look at the Grammys to Billy Porter's motorized turquoise fringed hat, there were plenty of memorable red carpet moments this year, even if the world essentially shut down in March.

Keep scrolling to see what we've picked as our 75 most iconic red carpet looks of 2020, from Zendaya to Lizzo to Dan Levy.

Kerry Washington went for a bold shirtless look at the Golden Globes.

The "American Son" actress wore a blazer and skirt by Altuzarra, and pulled it together with a thick chain necklace.

At the Golden Globes, Beanie Feldstein looked like royalty with her navy gown and matching headband — or, should we say, crown.

Feldstein wore an off-the-shoulder navy Oscar de la Renta gown and Irene Neuwirth jewels.

Zoey Deutch's pop of yellow on the Golden Globes carpet was perfect — bonus points for it being a jumpsuit, not a gown.

The "Set It Up" star was impossible to miss on the Golden Globes red carpet in her bright yellow Fendi jumpsuit.

Billy Porter once again slayed the red carpet in this feathery white ensemble at the Golden Globes.

Porter's custom white Alex Vinash suit featured a feathery train that could be zipped off, Insider reported.

Renée Zellweger looked just like Cinderella walking the Golden Globes carpet.

It was Zellweger's year, winning the Golden Globe, Oscar, BAFTA, Critic's Choice, and SAG Award for her performance in "Judy" — so of course she channeled Disney royalty in this blue Armani gown.

Awkwafina combined a classic cream and black gown with a blazer for an edgier look.

The actress, who won a Globe for her performance in "The Farewell," paired a Christian Dior gown with another couture blazer, plus platform Stuart Weitzman shoes that "are so comfortable you could run in them," Awkwafina's stylist Erica Cloud told Vanity Fair.

Many a meme was spawned from Jennifer Lopez's interesting gown at the Golden Globes.

Lopez's cream, green, and gold dress was designed by Valentino, and as Insider reported, made her look like "a walking gift."

Barry Jenkins elevated a gray suit by adding black stripes on the Golden Globes carpet.

The director opted for a gray plaid Thom Browne suit.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher rocked complementary jewel tones at the Globes.

The longtime couple looked amazing, with Fisher wearing a reddish violet Monique Lhuillier gown, and her husband choosing a sapphire Dolce & Gabbana suit for the big evening.

At the Golden Globes, Zoë Kravitz wore one of the recent biggest trends in fashion: polka dots.

Kravitz's black and white Saint Laurent gown actually had two different sizes of polka dots, proving that you can mix prints and get stylish results.

Joey King's Golden Globes dress was an optical illusion.

King looked positively hypnotic in her Iris van Herpen dress and cape.

Taylor Swift went for the drama with her flowery Golden Globes look.

Swift's Etro full ballgown is a departure from her regular red carpet looks, but the risk paid off.

Julia Butters proved that age is just a number when it comes to red carpet glamour at the Golden Globes.

The "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actress, who is a mere 11 years old, wore a dreamy tulle dress with flower accents and a black bow, proving she is one to watch in the years to come.

Ana de Armas' sparkling navy Golden Globes dress had pockets.

The "Knives Out" star opted for a strapless Ralph & Russo gown with matching sapphire jewels.

Sydney Sweeney channeled a Greek goddess at a Golden Globes after-party.

Sweeney, best known for her work in "Euphoria," slayed the InStyle after-party in this white Paolo Sebastian gown with a plunging neckline and silver branch details.

Rose Byrne rocked a pink menswear-inspired dress at the "Like a Boss" premiere.

Byrne paired her bubblegum pink Alexis Mabille dress with an emerald bag that matched her heels.

Selena Gomez wore an eye-catching architectural black skirt and pink turtleneck at the "Dolittle" premiere.

Gomez wore head-to-toe Givenchy at the premiere.

Zendaya's hot pink chrome ensemble at the Critics' Choice Awards was the talk of the night.

The armor-like crop top, designed by Tom Ford, will only set you back a cool $15,000, according to the Zoe Report.

Lucy Hale combined mint green, a black bow, and pearls — and made it work, somehow — at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Hale's mint green Miu Miu dress featured a deep neckline and totally open back.

Caleb McLaughlin is another star who totally rocked a sapphire suit, this time at the SAG Awards.

McLaughlin paired his bright blue suit with a black turtleneck, making him one of the trendiest guys on the gray carpet.

His co-star Noah Schnapp also wore blue to the SAG Awards, but Schnapp opted for a satin baby blue fit.

The "Stranger Things" star regularly takes fashion risks on the red carpet, and this satin Balmain suit paired with white platform sneakers is no different.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge added a cool chain mail-esque top to her black crop top and skirt at the SAG Awards.

Waller-Bridge wore this Armani Prive outfit to accept the award for her role in "Fleabag."

Jennifer Aniston finally ditched the black dress for this white satin gown at the SAG Awards.

All anyone could talk about after the SAG Awards was Aniston and Brad Pitt reuniting, but we'd like to dedicate some time to her white Christian Dior gown.

Jennifer Garner glowed in her crimson gown at the SAG Awards.

Garner looked every bit the A-lister in this Dolce & Gabbana classic ballgown.

Lili Reinhart slayed her first time at the SAG Awards in this pearl-encrusted dress.

Reinhart's Miu Miu gown made her SAG debut a memorable one.

Reinhart's "Riverdale" co-star Camila Mendes stunned on this blush pink gown and cape.

Mendes' Ralph & Russo Couture gown was taken to a whole new level with its chiffon cape.

At the SAG Awards, Cynthia Erivo looked amazing in one of 2019 and 2020's biggest trends: color blocking.

Erivo pretty consistently rocked the red carpet this season, but one of her all-time best looks came at the SAG Awards with this pink and red Schiaparelli gown.

Billie Eilish was COVID-appropriate at the Grammys, months before the pandemic hit the US.

Eilish, known for her baggy suits and neon green accents, combined the two with this Gucci suit on her big night.

Ariana Grande was a showstopper at the 2020 Grammys.

Grande's custom Giambattista Valli ball gown was so large that she decided to stop and sit in the middle of the red carpet, more than making up for her missing the 2019 ceremony.

Billy Porter's Grammy look included a hat with a mechanical moving fringe.

Porter's teal and silver fringed jumpsuit, designed by Scott Studenberg, with silver platform boots would've been iconic enough to make this list, but once he put his motorized hat into action by moving the fringe away from his face, he earned his place in the Grammys Hall of Fame.

Chrissy Teigen's orange gown at the Grammys was unlike any other.

Teigen's orange Yanina Couture dress featured a hip-high slit, a plunging neckline, and beautiful structured sleeves.

Trevor Noah opted for Old Hollywood glamour with his silver jacket at the Grammy Awards.

"The Daily Show" host proved that switching out a plain black jacket for a stunning silver jacket can make all the difference.

Cardi B once again slayed the Grammys, this year in a jewel-encrusted gown.

After her shell-like dress from last year, Cardi B once again teamed up with Mugler for a one-of-a-kind jeweled dress, this time paired with a "custom-made Gismondi 1754 necklace featuring 310 carats of white diamonds," according to Women's Wear Daily.

Shawn Mendes wore a maroon suit to the 2020 Grammys.

Mendes chose a bright Louis Vuitton suit for his Grammys appearance this year.

Lizzo looked like elegant royalty at the 2020 Grammys.

As Insider reported, Lizzo's "Versace dress featured hand-embroidered Swarovski crystals," and took two months to create. She added a faux-fur stole, also designed by Versace.

Lil Nas X's neon pink cowboy outfit was a standout of the Grammy Awards.

The "Old Town Road" rapper has made the cowboy aesthetic his signature over the last two years, but never as high-fashion as this custom Versace outfit, complete with mesh, a harness, and wrist scarves.

Dua Lipa looked like a '90s princess at the Grammys.

Lipa's Alexander Wang two-piece outfit and diamond choker would not have looked out of place on Cher Horowitz in "Clueless."

Gwen Stefani looked like she was doing an Ariana Grande impression at the Grammys.

Stefani took the "Positions" singer's look and gave it her own Stefani spin. She told E! on the red carpet that the shell-encrusted Dolce & Gabbana white mini-dress was a nod to her now-fiancé's last name: Shelton.

Jodie Turner-Smith glowed in her sunshine-yellow gown at the BAFTAs.

Just two months before she'd give birth to her daughter, Turner-Smith gave "pregnancy glow" a whole new meaning in this Gucci gown.

Kate Middleton re-wore an elaborate gown at the 2020 BAFTAs.

Middleton first wore the white and gold Alexander McQueen dress back in 2012 at a Malaysian state dinner — in fact, the flowers are in the shape of a hibiscus, the state flower of Malaysia.

Andrew Scott looked dapper in a green velvet jacket at the BAFTAs.

The Hot Priest himself lived up to his name in this deep green suit jacket.

Janelle Monáe turned heads in her silver gown and matching hood at the Academy Awards.

Monáe's hooded Ralph Lauren gown had a whopping 168,000 Swarovski crystals sewn onto it and took over 600 hours to complete, according to Harper's Bazaar.

Regina King once again proved why she is the queen of the red carpet in this blush-colored gown.

King's pink Versace gown was absolutely breathtaking — just another entry into the King canon of amazing red carpet looks

Billie Eilish's fuzzy Chanel suit stole the show at the Academy Awards.

Eilish made her Oscars debut this year … but she didn't let that distract from her traditional over-sized look.

Natalie Portman's black caped gown had the names of snubbed female directors embroidered onto it.

Portman's custom Dior gown listed the names of female directors who were snubbed at the 2020 ceremony: Lorene Scafaria ("Hustlers"), Lulu Wang ("The Farewell"), Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), Mati Diop ("Atlantics"), Marielle Heller ("A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"), Melina Matsoukas ("Queen & Slim"), Alma Har'el ("Honey Boy"), and Céline Sciamma ("Portrait of a Lady on Fire").

Brie Larson donned a baby pink gown with a matching bejeweled cape at the Oscars.

Capes were a big hit this year, as evidenced by Natalie Portman's Oscar dress, and Larson's sparkly Celine gown.

Mindy Kaling's bright yellow Oscars gown was a much-needed pop of color at the ceremony.

Kaling chose a one-shouldered Dolce & Gabbana gown for Hollywood's biggest night. She paired it with a Chopard necklace "featuring 78.46-carats of marquise-cut diamonds and 46.33-carats of round-shaped diamonds," according to People.

Saoirse Ronan's unique Oscars look was made with surplus fabric from her BAFTAs dress.

Ronan's black gown at the BAFTAs provided the actress with the black components of her Gucci gown at the Academy Awards, making her yet another star who is spotlighting sustainable fashion.

While it's not a particularly interesting suit, Joaquin Phoenix made a statement when he wore it to every major awards ceremony this year.

Talking of sustainability: Phoenix wore the same Stella McCartney suit to the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards, the SAG Awards, the BAFTAs, and the Academy Awards, Insider reported.

Sandra Oh didn't shy away from making a bold statement on the Oscars red carpet this year.

The "Killing Eve" star combined sparkles, ruffles, a bow, puffy sleeves, and a plunging neckline with this Elie Saab dress, but somehow, she made it all work.

Tracee Ellis Ross looked absolutely stunning at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Ross' golden gown with feathered glittering accents and a cape was designed by Zuhair Murad. She looked like an extremely fashionable superhero.

Kylie Jenner wore a uniquely structured dress to the Vanity Fair party.

Jenner wrote on social media that she "couldn't really sit in" the Ralph and Russo navy dress, but that it was worth it.

Tessa Thompson combined multiple 2020 trends (mint and harnesses) in her Vanity Fair party look.

The "Westworld" actress stunned in Atelier Versace.

Vanessa Hudgens rocked a deep purple gown at the Vanity Fair party.

Hudgens used her custom Vera Wang gown to create "moving art," as Insider reported, by throwing its long train into different shapes in the air.

Laura Dern re-wore her dress from the 1995 Oscars 25 years later, adding a pink jacket.

Dern won her first Oscar in the same 1017 ALYX 9SM dress she wore to a 1995 gala honoring Whoopi Goldberg with then-boyfriend Jeff Goldblum, Insider reported.

Janet Mock wore a beautiful black gown with large white flowers at the Oscars after-party.

Mock opted for this black high-low ruffled Oscar de la Renta gown for Vanity Fair's Oscars party.

Harry Styles brought grandma chic to the BRIT Awards.

Styles, no stranger to bold red carpet looks, rocked a brown Gucci suit (his favorite) with a purple sweater, a string of pearls, and a pair of Mary Janes.

Katja Herbers' optical illusion dress was perfect for the "Westworld" premiere.

Herbers' maze-like Iris van Herpen Haute Couture dress works for "Westworld," the most maze-like show on television.

On the flip side, Angela Sarafyan's baby pink dress leaned into the Western aspect of the show, with the cowboy belt buckle-esque brooch.

Sarafyan chose a Redemption gown for the premiere of "Westworld's" third season.

Liu Yifei was definitely a Disney Princess at the premiere of "Mulan" in March.

Right before the world shut down, Yifei attended the premiere of "Mulan," and made sure she looked the part in this jaw-dropping golden Elie Saab couture gown.

Miley Cyrus' mirrored dress at the MTV Video Music Awards was just another eye-popping look from the singer.

Cyrus' shiny sheer dress was designed by Mugler.

Machine Gun Kelly took monochrome to a new hot pink level at the VMAs.

The rapper, real name Colson Baker, rocked a hot pink Berluti suit to take home his first-ever VMA for Best Alternative Video.

Lady Gaga wore a pandemic-friendly fish bowl on the VMAs red carpet.

Gaga had no shortage of outfit changes during the VMAs broadcast, but we're partial to her moon-man silver ensemble. According to Harper's Bazaar, she's wearing "a silver jacket by Area, a clear helmet by Muscarella, necklace by Edward Avedis, and black platform boots by Pleasers."

Even though the ceremony was virtual, Zendaya's polka dot dress was the perfect glam look for her first Emmy win.

Zendaya took home her first Emmy while wearing a custom Armani Prive two-piece dress featuring a beaded silver bralette and full polka dot skirt.

During the Emmys, Issa Rae wowed in this orange buttoned gown broadcasting from the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Rae wore a Sergio Hudson design for her big night — she was nominated for her performance in "Insecure."

Uzo Aduba made a statement with her Emmys look.

Aduba chose to wear a simple T-shirt emblazoned with Breonna Taylor's name and metallic gold skirt, both designed by Jason Rembert, during the awards ceremony.

Dan Levy wore a kilt to smash Emmy records with "Schitt's Creek."

Levy, who took home four awards for "Schitt's Creek," showed up to the ceremony wearing a Thom Brown-designed suit and kilt, a reference to his character David's wedding in the show's finale.

Doja Cat didn't leave much to the imagination at the Billboard Music Awards.

The "Say So" rapper has consistently slayed red carpets all year long, and this barely there jewel-encrusted gown paired with lavender heels was no exception.

Maren Morris brought gothic glam to the CMA Awards.

Morris' Dolce and Gabbana set, with matching floor-length kimono, was a showstopper, and it could've been yours. The country star partnered with Chic-Relief and auctioned off her red carpet look to benefit Black Women's Health Imperative.

Ellen Pompeo seemed to pay homage to one of Barbra Streisand's most iconic looks at the People's Choice Awards.

Pompeo's white mesh look definitely looks like an updated version of this outfit Streisand wore to the 1969 Grammys. The "Grey's Anatomy" star wore this David Koma ensemble to accept the award for Female TV Star of 2020.

Leslie Jones' suit at the People's Choice Awards was covered in the names of Black victims of police brutality, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Jones' Christian Siriano suit was one of the boldest looks of the evening, in the best way. "A clearer look at suit!! If you can't see the names that means you need to look closer like the situation itself," she captioned a photo set on Instagram. She paired the suit with a matching Black Lives Matter mask.

Laverne Cox gave Angelina Jolie a run for her money at the American Music Awards.

Cox took Jolie's 2012 Oscars dress to a new level with this one-sided bronze and black bodysuit designed by Michael Costello.

Also at the American Music Awards, Cara Delevigne became the latest celeb to rock the no-shirt trend with this metallic silver suit.

Technically, she's wearing a sheer lingerie-esque top. Her look was designed by Dolce and Gabbana.

Vanessa Hudgens proved you can never go wrong with a little black dress on the red carpet of the MTV Movie & TV Awards.

Hudgens was just one of many celebrities who opted for a black dress at the ceremony. The "Princess Switch" star's minidress was designed by Versace, and she paired the dress with black Casadei pumps.

Lily Collins opted for a latex look at the same show.

The "Emily in Paris" star channeled Catwoman with this skintight latex dress desined by Yves Saint Laurent.

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