The international music scene converged in downtown LA last night, where the 2023 Grammy Awards saw the giants of the industry shine – led by none other than Beyoncé.
Fresh off her controversial trip to Dubai, and after dropping tickets for her Renaissance World Tour that sent the hive into a frenzy, the infamous private singer has been firmly in the spotlight lately. She did not shy away from Sunday evening.
Her red carpet look, which she posted to Instagram, was a custom aluminum foil Gucci design with a nude corset bust, thigh-high slit and flounces. Her silver lace-up heels were from affordable label Femme LA and she completed the look with bicep-length leather opera gloves.
Jennifer Lopez, who was also a sparkling face in custom Gucci, joined her in ramping up the star power. JLo’s look revolved around a sassy bodysuit that transitioned into a navy sheer train. She added oomph with drop strings of crystal embellishments that fell from the bodice.
Elsewhere, the bells of the ball wore blue. Taylor Swift adopted the trend and looked sleek in a two-piece Roberto Cavalli outfit with a floor-length maxi skirt and matching long-sleeved crop top. Both were deep blue, embroidered with starbursts.
Cardi B followed suit as she arrived with husband Offset in one of the most sculptural styles of the evening. The swirling, cobalt-colored dress seemed to defy gravity and was designed by Indian courtier Gaurav Gupta. The look made its runway debut just two weeks ago at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.
As expected when it comes to one of the music industry’s biggest nights, many performers opted for high drama. This year, the statement makers were led by Sam Smith, who has just emerged from a heated argument following the release of their heavy nipple tassel music video for new single ‘I’m Not Here To Make Friends’. The dispute didn’t make Smith a wallflower though, as they arrived in a bright red Valentino Opera coat, complete with matching cane, top hat, veil and leather gloves.
And there was more. Smith not only opted for the voluptuous rouge, but was joined by a monochromatic entourage. Singer Kim Petras and Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars Violet Chachki and Gottmik – plus four background models – stepped next to the carpet in red.
Competing for the most outlandish was Lizzo, who won Florence Pugh’s floral cape midsommar, with an embellished, orange look from Dolce & Gabbana. She was joined by new boyfriend Myke Wright just hours after breaking the news on Instagram. And the current queen of the avant-garde, Doja Cat, turned heads in a form-fitting, black Versace latex dress.
But it was guys this year who pushed the internet into oblivion. And one in particular; Harry Styles. The singer took home the top prize of ‘Album of the Year’ and stayed true to his flamboyant style in a sassy, iridescent, Swarovski-encrusted check jumpsuit. The dazzling dungaree style was a custom look by EgonLab, a Paris-based label known for gender-fluid luxury wear, and featured no fewer than 250,000 hand-applied crystals, which took more than 150 hours to create.
Pharrell Williams also chose to support a younger label, as he wore a studded red leather tracksuit from up-and-coming Portuguese brand Ernest W. Baker.