Throwback Thursday, Awards Edition: We Still Can't Believe These Grammys Hairstyles Happened

01/23/2014 at 05:14 PM ET

Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, Rihanna, Katy Perry Grammys hairGetty; INF; Filmmagic; Wireimage

You’ve already looked back at some of the most jaw-dropping Grammys gowns of all time. Now we want to talk about the hair. Every year stars try to out-do (get it?!) each other with bold colors, cuts and style. So in honor of Throwback Thursday and Sunday’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards, we present four of our favorite mane moments.

Starting from top left, Gwen Stefani changed the braid game forever with her crazy head of plaits in 1998. Teamed with her late-’90s signature bindi and red lip, the No Doubt singer became the embodiment of cool Grammys style. (Gwen, if you’re listening, please bring your bump to the carpet this weekend!). Next, BeyoncĂ© may have won five statues in 2004, but the real feat was how she managed to hold her head up under the weight of one of the most jaw-droppingly massive buns we’ve seen on the red carpet to date.

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In 2010, Rihanna hit the carpet with a blonde mohawk, which was buzzed at the sides — which kicked off four straight years of hair experimentation for the star. The style was so bold it almost distracted us from her white eyeshadow. Rounding out the group, Katy Perry ditched her trademark ebony shade for a bright blue hue, which happened to coordinate with that night’s demure Elie Saab gown.

Stars, you’ve got three days to figure out how to top any of these looks — and to make our tress roundup next year.

Which look is your favorite? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards air Sunday at 8:00 p.m. EST. Join us at and watch along with us on Twitter at @peopleredcarpet and @peoplemag for all the scoop, red carpet secrets and gown gossip.

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brittany on

Rihanna looks amazing in this picture. She is gorgeous.

Goggles~a~Pisano on

I still can’t believe a stink is made about hair when our attention needs to be on issues or causes far more media worthy. Seriously? In the big picture of life, this is troublesome?

I have no chance in this world. Oy vey!

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