Nicki Minaj and her leopard-print-meets-Bride of Frankenstein hairdo at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

If a "What Were They Thinking?" category existed, rapper Nicki Minaj would surely take home the trophy for her eccentric leopard-lady look on the 2011 Grammy Awards red carpet.

Minaj went animal print head-to-toe, boasting a mile-high 'do that was a little bit leopard, a little bit Bride of Frankenstein, with one thick black stripe running up the side of the monstrous platinum-blond wig. Leopard-print fringe and face-framing cropped layers completed her mane.

But the feline accents didn't end there. Minaj's makeup artist got in on the act, adding cat eyes and lengthy lashes. For her pout? Oh, just a swipe of hot-pink lipstick, you know, to make this otherwise subtle look pop.

Of course, we'll never know if Minaj outdid her outrageous-style competitor Lady GaGa, who arrived on the carpet concealed in a pod carried by an entourage of scantily clad model types.

Just weeks ago, Minaj was spotted (pun intended) in London channeling a peacock.