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)

1

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 ????”

2

Their six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy might be getting all the attention now, but Queen Bey and Jay-Z were #couplegoals in their black Grammys dinner outfits. No questions asked.

3

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.

4

Close contenders were expecting parents Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, who came dressed in a sparkling sequin Yanina Couture midi dress and an equally glistening Burberry suit, respectively.

5

By now, we all have probably seen GIF replays of Rihanna’s killer Gwara Gwara dance moves (no, they’re not the stanky leg). But her 275,000 crystal-festooned Adam Selman dress deserves closer inspection.

“stay pressed.”

6

Lady Gaga’s red carpet-sweeping Armani Privé gown was phenomenal, but the rose gown number she performed in took the cake for us. It didn’t hurt that it matched the piano either.

“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”

7

Denim overcoats can look very at home on the red carpet. Just look at rapper Big Sean in his tonal Salvatore Ferragamo look.

“Looking ever so fresh on the red carpet last night at the #Grammys.”

8

Hailee Steinfeld and her metallic purple boots — visible through a sky-high slit in her white Alexandre Vauthier sheath — stole the show.

“Thank you #GRAMMYs for letting me be a part of music’s biggest night. It was unforgettable. ????”

9

Breakout artist Cardi B’s frothy dress was custom made by Saudi Arabian-born, Beirut-based designer Mohammed Ashi, and took 150 hours to complete.

“Dress @ashistudio
Jewelry @messikajewelry
Shoes @louboutinworld
Tailoring @madamepaulette

10

Lana Del Rey embodied her iconically retro tunes via a cosmic explosion-embellished Gucci silk gown. 

“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.”