In a year completely unlike any other, the GRAMMYs tried to restore some normality by holding performances and presentations in person. Whilst this was likely a ploy to gain viewership in comparison to the disappointing tune-ins of the Golden Globes, to me this only meant one thing: award show outfits!
Being in the UK, I couldn’t actually watch the show itself (except for various twitter links I did not click for fear of getting hacked) and so I had to settle for E!’s red carpet coverage. So, I stayed up late, made myself some popcorn, and prepared myself to judge some outlandish outfits from the artists of the year. Here are my findings.
I shall start with my highlights of the night. I was absolutely enamoured with Dua Lipa’s glamorous pink aesthetic across the four outfits she wore throughout the night. Her Versace red carpet dress dazzled me (quite literally due to its coating in sparkles), although I couldn’t help worrying that she might have been cold and wanting to give her a nice fluffy coat. The deep pink ballgown she wore as she opened her performance was exactly what I would choose to wear if for some reason I was nominated for a Grammy. If you get a chance to perform at one of the most star-studded events in the world, why not look like a real-life Disney princess doing it?
The deep pink ballgown she wore as she opened her performance was exactly what I would choose to wear if for some reason I was nominated for a Grammy
Another artist whose outfit I have not stopped thinking about would have to be Taylor Swift. The Album of the Year winner leaned into her recent cottage-core, forest-nymph aesthetic in a gorgeous Oscar De La Renta dress, covered head to toe in flowers. The true star of the show was her accompanying mask, also totally floral that I am desperate to find a replica of (we’ve come a long way from single-use surgical masks). During her magical performance, she sported an enchanting gown that made her seem like a combination of a 70s pop princess and a magical creature straight out of a fairytale: a vibe level I shall spend the rest of my life trying to attain.
An outfit that has stuck in my mind, and not necessarily for the right reasons, was Noah Cyrus’ Schiaparelli Couture dress. I’m not quite sure how to describe this outfit, but I can certainly try and tell you some things it reminded me of: a cloud, popcorn, scrunched up loo roll, or cauliflower – hopefully that has given you quite a good picture of the peculiar dress. Despite feeling utterly confused by this, I was even more baffled as to how she somehow managed to pull it off, looking a little bit like a sorcerer with her cape in mid-flight. Whilst it wouldn’t be my pick, not many people would still manage to look as good as she did in her outfit.
Whilst many could be seen as fairly over the top, surely after a year of sitting at home in pyjamas we need a bit of glamour, no matter how excessive it may seem.
Another eye-catching red carpet outfit was that of Jhene Aiko’s Monsoori two-piece dress. The dress flooded the red carpet with pink frills, making me really want some candy floss. I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this jaw-dropping number at first but, looking back at it now, it’s probably one of my highlights of the ceremony. I know for a fact that if someone gave me a chance to wear something like that, I would drop everything in an instant.
On the whole, I now realise that whilst I had intended to share my honest, brutal opinions on the outfits at the Grammys, I don’t actually have too many negative opinions to share. Whilst many could be seen as fairly over the top, surely after a year of sitting at home in pyjamas we need a bit of glamour, no matter how excessive it may seem.