I broke down crying twice in a row, listening to this.  It’s fucking amazing.

2016 Grammy Nominees: From Yearbook Photos to Red Carpet

This Monday, the music industry’s best and brightest will come out for the Grammy Awards — and true to being the stage performers that they all are, the red carpet will be a pre-show to watch for. But before they became critically-acclaimed platinum chart toppers, this year’s nominees, like Carrie Underwood, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Wiz Khalifa, had surprisingly normal school portraits. Check out their beauty looks, then and now.


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Blake Shelton, Senior Year Portrait, 1994

Even in his senior year high school portrait, country singer Blake Shelton is rocking the cowboy hat. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Blake Shelton, Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Men and Women Event, 2012

Blake Shelton’s impressive facial hair is second only to his smile. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bruno Mars, Senior Year Portrait, 2003

Bruno Mars’ swag is evident early on his senior year portrait — the afro and thousand-watt smile are already memorable. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Bruno Mars, Grammy Awards, 2012

With his pompadour, gleaming smile, and sunglasses, Bruno Mars is always iconic on the red carpet and stage — even before he starts dancing and singing. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood, Senior Year Portrait, 2001

Country’s sweetheart, Carrie Underwood, lives up to her nickname with blonde ringlets, glossy pink lips, and a matching pink top in her Oklahoma high school senior portrait. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Carrie Underwood, New York Fashion Week, 2014

Why mess with perfection? Carrie Underwood still rocks voluminous waves and pink-toned makeup. (Photo: Getty Images)

Common, Freshman Year Portrait, 1986

This was when hip hop artist Common — then known as Lonnie Lynn — had some hair on his head. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Common, Academy Awards, 2015

Common’s facial hair makes up for the simplicity of his bald head. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dave Grohl, Junior Year Portrait, 1986

In his junior year photo, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters smiles confidently in his mullet cut. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Dave Grohl, ‘Sound City’ Premiere, 2013

After drumming for Nirvana and becoming the frontman for the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl grew his hair even longer — with a formidable goatee. (Photo: Getty Images)

John Legend, Senior Year Portrait, 1995

Before he was winning multiple Grammy Awards, John Legend was acing high school, graduating as salutatorian and attending the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania. The sharp tie is a clue. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

John Legend, Vanity Fair Oscar Party, 2014

John Legend looks even sharper in a tuxedo. (Photo: Getty Images)

Justin Bieber, Eighth Grade Portrait, 2008

Baby Bieber’s emo-skater hair is very familiar to those of us who grew up in the aughts, too. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Justin Bieber, Young Hollywood Awards, 2014

Now we see a faint ‘stache and a suave hairdo. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kacey Musgraves, Senior Year Portrait, 2006

The country singer from Mineola, Texas, smiles sweetly with a choppy bob. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Kacey Musgraves, ACM Honors, 2014

Kacey Musgraves grew out her hair for a more polished look. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kanye West, Sophomore Year Portrait, 1993

At age 16, he’s all smiles — and his haircut never changed. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Kanye West, Cipriani New York Gala, 2012

These days, it’s harder to catch Kanye West smiling—but you can always count on him to dress sharp. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kelly Clarkson, Junior Year Portrait, 1999

Before she won American Idol, Kelly Clarkson had braces — and a Rachel cut. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Kelly Clarkson, SiriusXM Studios, 2013

Clarkson got bolder with her beauty look, from a blonde dye job to bright red lipstick. (Photo: Getty Images)

Meghan Trainor, Senior Year Portrait, 2012

Pop musician Meghan Trainor always had long blonde hair, even in high school. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Meghan Trainor, American Music Awards, 2014

While her long blonde hair hasn’t changed style, Trainor now walks the red carpets with slightly more dramatic eye makeup. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj, Senior Year Portrait, 2000

Back when she was known as Onika Maraj at LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, Nicki Minaj was already rocking the elaborate updos. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Nicki Minaj, MTV Movie Awards, 2015

Nicki Minaj looks fiercer than ever with her cat eye makeup. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pharrell Williams, Junior Year Portrait, 1991

Before he became an award winning musician and producer, Pharrell Williams’ hair did all the talking. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Pharrell Williams, Elle Style Awards, 2014

Pharrell Williams still looks fly, with less hair though. (Photo: Getty Images)

Taylor Swift, Freshman Year Portrait, 2005

Taylor Swift’s look is high-fashion sleek these days, but back in high school, she had natural ringlets and a goofy smile. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Taylor Swift, Academy of Country Music Awards, 2014

Taylor Swift transformed from a country sweetheart to BFF of Victoria’s Secret Angels with grown-up look. (Photo: Getty Images)

Wiz Khalifa, Sophomore Year Portrait, 2004

At age 16, rapper Wiz Khalifa, then known as Cameron Thomaz, had yet to get all his signature body tattoos. (Photo: Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library)

Wiz Khalifa, Golden Globe Awards, 2016

Wiz Khalifa has become one of the most dapper men on the red carpet, in no small part due to his face and neck tattoos. (Photo: Getty Images)