In a time when social justice has become cultural capital, highly publicised awards ceremonies can no longer afford to just be awards ceremonies. It’s no longer focused solely on who won. The first month of the year alone has ushered in the Time’s Up movement and subsequently, the Golden Globes blackout. Then in came the Grammys 2018 whiteout — albeit much subtler, in the form of the White Rose initiative.
In symbolic retaliation against female inequality, stars stepped out on the red carpet with white roses in hand. Lady Gaga, Zayn Malik, and Cardi B were among the stream of celebs who supported the cause. Lorde took a figurative approach by way of a Jenny Holzer poem.
Ironically, the #MeToo-saturated fete failed to deliver. Although nominations proved to be the Grammys’ most inclusive and diverse since its inception, winners were chiefly males and of non-colour. The Grammys president Neil Portnow even went on so far as to say women need to “step up.”
Despite the tone-deaf outcome, the ceremony still had its highs. Below, the fashion ’Grams you shouldn’t miss from the Grammys 2018.
(Main image: Getty; featured image: Beyonce)
For Lorde, her white rose wasn’t literal. The New Zealand singer had an empowering poem by American artist Jenny Holzer sewn into the back of her red dress in place of the flower.
“My version of a white rose — THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM — an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer ????”
The next best power couple look? Same victors. Sticking to their all-black code, Bey and Jay-Z took inspiration from Black Panther for their front-row Grammys ceremony.
“For her performance at the @recordingacademy GRAMMYS @ladygaga wore a #GiorgioArmaniPrivé rose gown embellished with clusters of light pink and crystal beading and paillettes. It also featured billowing sleeves and prolonged pieces of pleated tulle that formed a train. #ArmaniStars #grammys”
“To the 60th annual #GRAMMYs in New York, nominee @lanadelrey in a custom #Gucci silk gown with star embroidery, soft draped V-neck and rope necklace, metallic sandals and silver headpiece with crystal stars.”