New York: Sparkly, studded and strutting in designer looks, the Grammys parade of often out-there fashion kicked off in a downpour Sunday, but that didn’t dampen spirits as the music industry’s best showed off their myriad outfits.
Cardi B had a spot of trouble walking in a sculpted look that evoked a mermaid in the half shell, pearls included. It was hatched in 1995 by Thierry Mugler. Jennifer Lopez donned a huge white bejeweled hat and Lady Gaga chose a silver strapless sequin gown with a high slit and side ruffle, thanks to Celine.
Cardi B stands out in her sculpted mermaid look. (Photo: AP)
The Lopez topper pointed to a popular accessory of the evening — statement hats. It had a brim for miles and was embellished to match her dress of the same shade. She appeared relaxed in her Ralph & Russo look as she posed for photographers with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, who wore a multi-coloured dress jacket.
Katy Perry, meanwhile, arrived in a pink Balmain confection that prompted comparisons to a cake topper. Michelle Obama popped up in a metallic trouser outfit onstage. Her look was customised by Sachin & Babi. Lending a hand opening the show, she earned a rousing welcome from the crowd in Los Angeles.
Michelle Obama with Alicia Keys at the opening ceremony of the 61st annual Grammy Awards. (Photo: AP)
Top nominee Kacey Musgraves wore an ethereal belted gown in a nude hue with a daring fan-like bodice, by Valentino, while Camila Cabello appeared cozy in a long-sleeve sparkler of a bright pink gown with a high neck and open back, done by Armani Prive.
The pale pink Valentino looked gorgeous on Kacey Musgraves. (Photo: AP)
The K-pop sensation BTS showed up in black tuxedos and coloured hair, including purple and green, while Maren Morris sported a huge yellow winged decoration on one shoulder of a floral halter gown with a full loosely pleated skirt and plunging neckline, from Galia Lahav Couture.
BTS looked classy and coordinated in Black tuxedos. (Photo: AP)
Dolly Parton wore a short red dress with a ruffle lapel and a chunky jewel centrepiece. Dua Lipa won best necklace of the night, a huge diamond piece in a circular design.
As for the guys, some went wild. Fantastic Negrito, the Oakland, California-born blues artist, represented in a red suit with large, colourful swatches for pockets. His silver necklace of two fish used to be a belt buckle, said the upcycling enthusiast.
Joy Villa making a political statement on the red carpet, promoting 'MAGA'. (Photo: AP)
Repeat political provocateur Joy Villa, who attended last year in a gown decorated with a foetus, dressed as President Trump’s wall (think tinfoil) and carried a ‘Make America Great Again’ handbag. She first made a Trump splash two years ago in Trump messaging.