Here's To The Grammys, The Only Red Carpet Where Men Put In Effort
Male artists are doing away with the three-piece suit and opting for neon pink and sparkles, and it's a win for men and women alike.
It's a picture we've all seen a thousand times: a woman on a red carpet looking absolutely glorious. Her gown is fabulous, her makeup is flawless, her six hour preparation more than evident.
And in the background is a man wearing the same old black suit we've seen on every male celebrity for the better part of a century.
For too long men in the entertainment industry have turned a red carpet appearance into a missed opportunity. Forgoing any chance to use their fashion to push boundaries and make a statement.
But one look over the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards red carpet suggests that the tides may be turning.
Male guests were spotted sporting everything from glitter and gold to tassels and leather. Men's fashion was a highlight at this year's ceremony, and this kind of effort and creativity is long overdue.
Queer performers offered up some of the most extraordinary looks of the night. Broadway star Billy Porter has never met a red carpet he couldn't conquer, and his shimmery blue hat with motorised crystal curtains was not only a red carpet favourite, but a feat of engineering.
Lil Nas X won the carpet, won the Grammys, and won our hearts this year. The "Old Town Road" rapper claimed two awards and performed at the ceremony. And on top of all that, came out a clear favourite for the unofficial title of King of the Carpet.
Tassels, leather, and cowboy hats popped up on everyone, not just Billy Ray Cyrus. Electronic producer Diplo also wore Western head-to-toe, proving that while EDM music is a genre, boot-scooting is a way of life.
Hip hop superstar Tyler, the Creator delighted us with one of the quirkiest ensembles of the night. The "EARFQUAKE" rapper's fairy floss pink suit made a nod to hotel bellhops, complete with a matching pink suitcase he went on to dismantle on the carpet.
Rock God Iggy Pop proved he's still got it in a loose-fitting three-piece grey Gucci suit. The 72-year-old and recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award rocked the shirtless look with bedazzled flatform slides.
The Jonas Brothers looked gorgeous in gold, proving that there's a lot you can do to elevate a simple suit. The trio wore an array of gold-embroidered prints, switching looks between the carpet and their live performance.
And then, of course, there was Sydney local Flume, who put a lot of effort into looking like he put in no effort at all.
As the men defied gender norms on the carpet, the women kicked goals during the ceremony. Making for a refreshing change after years of scrutiny.
The music award show has an uncomfortable history with sexism. In 2018, the hashtag #GrammysSoMale drew attention to the damning statistic that less than 20 percent of the year's winners were women or female-led bands.
When questioned on the situation, the Grammys' then-CEO Neil Portnow told a journalist that women need "to step up because I think they would be welcome." This comment incited huge backlash towards the academy.
The following year, the number of female winners increased by a whopping 82 percent. And the 2020 ceremony has also been praised for championing women and queer people.
It's exciting to see the expectations shift. Men are stepping up their red carpet game as women grow increasingly recognised for their contributions to music.
While there's undoubtedly a long way to do, it does appear that things are finally beginning to equalise. The 2020 Grammys was a delightful moment for creative expression, and we can only hope there's more of that to come.