Last night marked a significant time in Music History with the 58ths Annual Grammy Awards. Before the show the red carpet was laced with sparkles, bold colours, sophisticated suits and nerves as artists made their way into Staples Centre.
The red carpet showed females of the industry in all sorts of outfits, from Taylor Swift’s bold, colour blocking outfit to Selena Gomez’s sparkly, blue and mostly backless dress to Adele’s elegant and sophisticated black dress. For the females, a stand out, in not a particularly in good way was
Lady Gaga, Joy Villa, Dencia, Janelle Monae, Z LaLa, Jacqueline Van Bierk and Manika. While some outfits were worse than others, they all either showed more skin than anyone ever wanted to see, or were just out right ridiculous.
In the past we have seen that Joy Villa is not afraid to wear revealing and unusual outfits. Last year on the Grammy red carpet we saw her wearing an entire dress made out of Traffic Fencing and nothing else. It was only fitting that this year she decided to wear a dress that was made out of pointed rods with a lace train.
With the worst comes the best, and it was clear that Carrie Underwood, Selena Gomez, Megan Trainor Ariana Grande and Adele were the best dressed of the night. Each outfit held an element of sophistication and elegancy while being individual and different.
The men of the night also did not fail to impress, with various artists and celebrities supporting their own variations of the classic black tux. We saw Sam Hunt in a soft pink colour, Big Sean, Justin Bieber and Aloe Blacc all wore variations of a white suit and Charlie Puth in a sparkly black tux.
The night wasn’t only about the fashion though, it highlighted the importance of music and rewarded the hard work of artists in various genres. Hosted by LL Cool J, the Grammy’s consisted of mostly performances with only a few Grammy’s actually being handed out during the show. Most of the awards were given out in the Grammy pre-show, and received by representatives of the artist. I won’t deny, this was very disappointing as I find the acceptance speeches the most exciting part, and more than this, the artists are so busy getting ready that they cannot accept their own award most of the time. The demands to be best dressed have seen to overcome the importance of accepting a Grammy. We did see Ed Sheeran accept his very first Grammy during the Pre-Grammy show, but not many people got to see that part due to the lack of viewers that actually choose to watch the pre-show.
Kendrick Lamar was the stand out of the night taking home six golden gramophones from his eleven nominations, including Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album. Taylor Swift took out the most significant award of the night – Album of the Year. She also took this opportunity to have her say on the Kanye West drama stating: “I want to say to all the young women out there – there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world. Thank you for this moment.”
The Grammy’s would not be the Grammy’s without the iconic performances. Taylor Swift opened the show with her latest hit single ‘Out Of The Woods’. Ironically, her win of Album of the Year also enabled her to be the book ends of the show by opening and closing the show. Adele’s performance was shattering to watch, due to the endless technology issues that affected her performance. Not only did Adele have to continue through her performance after her mic cut out for a couple of seconds at the beginning of the performance, but due to a microphone falling onto the piano strings, it sounded as though a guitar was accompanying her as well. It was evident in her facial expressions at the end of her performance that she was disappointed by the technical issues that affected what would have been an incredible performance.
Justin Bieber also took the audience by surprise when stepping out on stage to preform part of ‘Love Yourself’ with nothing but a guitar and a microphone before joining Skrillex and smashing out their hot hit ‘Where Are ϋ Now’.