The Grammys shifted themselves to Monday night this year, as a way of both getting out of the way of the BAFTAs, as well as hoping to get a better slice of audience. it helped that this was a three days weekend in the US for many people, so the Grammys didn’t feel like they were on a weeknight. We’ll have to see if that changes next year.
Also, unlike some other years, the Grammys red carpet was far more open about the fact that this was not an “arrival” for most of the stars in question. Most had arrived hours earlier and had been receiving awards for the better part of three hours before the Red Carpet even kicked off on television. It certainly is one way to deal with the 83 categories, only the last ten or so of which are shown on prime time. But though there were a few who waited and only showed up for the televised portion (Taylor Swift) most strolled out to hang with Seacrest for a bit like this was their chance for a smoke break.
As for the red carpet glamour….
Giiiiirrrrrrrrrl. Zendaya has been picking up steam on the red carpet over the years since hitting her 18th birthday and graduating from Disney. But this Dsquared2 suit was a whole new level. She was top trend on Twitter for hours afterwards and rightly so. Best look of the night, hands down.
Another tweener who grew up to know how to work a red carpet. Selena Gomez may not be as fashion forward in this Calvin Klein gown, but she’s doing what works for her.
Kacey Musgraves In Armani Privé. A really well done deployment of mixed jewel tones.
Anoushka Shankar In Manish Arora. There is no red carpet more suited to the proper deployment of Manish Arora fashions. Props for understanding that.
The Grammys red carpet is music’s A-list night, but because it’s only rock and roll, taking oneself too seriously is never a good idea. Janelle Monae perfectly uses the “quirk allowance” for this event to the max in Jean Paul Gaulthier, without going over.
For those who are all about being taken seriously, you could do no better than Adele does here in Givenchy.
We don’t get enough bold color on the red carpet. Bravo, Lianne La Havas.
Diamond White, doing the Beyonce look to the max in J. Pilarsky
In any other context, Lady Gaga’s custom Marc Jacobs would be terrible. But her entire appearance from beginning to end for this event was a tribute to David Bowie, and therefore this works. (Her performance tribute was one of the highlights of the evening.)
Rounding out the Top Ten, Bonnie Raitt, as she always has been and shall always be.
Brother Frankie was not in attendance, so Ariana Grande could brave the carpet in this well tailored, but slightly safe Romona Keveza.
Chrissy Teigen in perfect red carpet maternity by Yousef Al-Jasmi
Florence Welch In Gucci. It’s so very, very her.
Mya, showing that there is a way to deploy the “white person nude” beige color and have it look damn good. (White girls, don’t try this at home.)
Serayah, bringing sexy back, almost to the point of pain.
Diana Gloster in Tarik Ediz, and a little too on the nose.
Faith Evans in Stello, making one’s forties look like a desirable point in life to reach.
Anna Kendrick, playing it pretty but safe.
Demi Lovato in Norisol Ferrari, showing the breastbone chain look can work.
Bonnie Mckee In Bullet Apparel by Jim Tanner, showing that country tacky can still be attractive.
Best Couple goes to Nazanin Mandi and Miguel.
Best Solo (and best oddball pompadour) goes to the Weeknd.
Kendrick Lamar, before he set the stage on fire.
Sam hunt, from Grease‘s Pink Ladies Collection.
Wiz Khalifa in Thom Browne. I give him points for being Fashion Forward.
Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh. I suppose we should be glad he got over the hat and shorts phase.
Sam Smith, as Russell Brand’s uptight younger brother.
Justin Beiber, not aging well.
Big Sean, in how to wear a white tux, and not be mistaken for the waiter.
We’ll let Fetty Wrap slide.
Meaghan Trainor In Michael Costello. This is the dress of someone who has a great body, but is told by everyone around her she is hugely overweight and should cover up.
Alessandra Ambrosio in Versace. This is trying too hard for attention, and yet not hard enough, because it looks like everyone else vying for attention.
Ellie Goulding In Stella McCartney. This doesn’t fit her at all.
Carrie Underwood In Nicolas Jebran. Carrie dear, if you’re going to look bored, perhaps you should have let Bo Bice win American Idol instead.
There are too many women’s faces in uncomfortable places on Skylar Grey’s gown. You’re on a red carpet dear, not a totem pole.
Tori Kelly In Gauri & Nainika. This is so many kinds of awful. The cut, the heavy fabric, the color, the seams. Ugh.
Tove-lo In Malene Birger. I don’t care that the nose ring is by Givenchy. The answer is still no.
Ciara, in any old thing she could find at the last minute when she heard Rihanna went home sick and needed a seat filler.
Cam in Georges Chakra. Wearing Big Bird isn’t ok.
Elle King In Christian Siriano. She just looks so painfully awkward, like a child playing dress up.
Oh Taylor. I mean, this goes exactly into the current wheelhouse she’s standing in. it’s perfect for what she’s selling. And I just hate the color combo, the cut, everything. i just hate all of it.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Poor Kimberly Schlapman.
Dencia in her pajamas.
There’s always one who shows up to the Music Awards scene with no clothes on, every time. This year it was Manika In ARThur Christine.
The Go Home Please, You’re Embarrassing Yourselves
I loved you once Johnny Depp. I really did. But this is just the saddest thing I’ve ever seen.