Celebrities responded to the death of Kobe Bryant. Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande all turned up.
The show needed to go on.
The Grammys red carpet took place in Los Angeles, with many attendees responding to the death of Kobe Bryant who died in an accident just hours before.
Mr. Bryant, who was 41, played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers — his only team — and so has been a fixture of Southern Californian lives for decades.
The Grammys was already struggling with internal chaos — the chief executive was ousted, and has said she was forced out for complaining about sexual harassment and irregularities in the nominating process — and the show was already prepared to go on anyway. Here’s what we saw.
Lil Nas X led the charge on the Western trend.
“Urban cowboy” has been real for more than a year and this Grammys made it official. Lil Nas X as a shocking pink dominatrix Versace cowboy. Diplo as cool-tuxedo cowboy. Orville Peck as leather-masked, white-hat cowboy. And Billy Porter as fringe-glam-disco cowboy. Home, home, on the red carpet.
Lizzo showed up in dazzling white, the shade of the night.
We saw a lot of white on the red carpet.
Forget the tiny bag: Lizzo went major old-school glamour this evening, in a strapless, slit-leg white Versace gown with a stole (and Veronica Lake hair!). The nails, dripping in crystals, and the bejeweled armbands added to the effect. She looked kind of like an angelic host.
You know the fashion rule: One of anything is a fluke, two is a coincidence and three is a trend. If we start with Lizzo’s gown, move on to Gwen Stefani’s white Dolce & Gabbana dress and then throw in Shaun Ross’s pearl-covered coat, pants and boots, this makes a … trend!