Grammys red carpet: pantsuits, sex appeal and lots of skin

In 2018, the Grammys red carpet was full of stars wearing white roses in support of gender equality.

This year, with women better represented among the nominees on music’s biggest night, music’s A-list went back to red carpet basics Sunday. That means sex appeal, lots of trouser suits and rock-star glamour.

And for others… it means pro-Trump attire.

Here are some takeaways from the red carpet on Grammys night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

– Red-hot glamour –

Host (and 15-time Grammy winner) Alicia Keys has promised the “sickest” gala ever, with lots of red-hot performances. But there was a lot of red-hot fashion as well.

The “Girl on Fire” singer brought the heat in a plunging V-neck red Armani gown, with button detailing down the front.

Country legend Dolly Parton showcased her signature voluptuous figure in a short red dress with an asymmetrical hemline.

And Bebe Rexha, who went on a social media tirade over designers who refused to dress her because she was “too big” — fluttered onto the carpet in a cloud of red tulle.

– Pink princesses –

Rap’s woman of the moment, Cardi B, made quite an entrance in a dramatic vintage Thierry Mugler couture gown that erupted from a dark mermaid skirt in a fan of pale pink pleats behind her.

Elbow-length gloves and a cone of pearls atop her head finished the look — Cardi B brought her fashion A-game.

Sultry Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello, who opened the ceremony with her mega-hit “Havana,” went for something simpler — she glittered in a sparkly high-neck, long-sleeve, but backless, pink Armani gown.

Country star Kacey Musgraves, already twice a winner on Sunday in the early portion of the awards ceremony, opted for an ultra-feminine strapless pale pink gown with a fan bodice and a darker sash.

Men can rock pink as well, as nominated rapper Post Malone showed — in a full pink suit with glittering stars all over it.

– Pants are hot (not hot pants) –

The women of music came ready to play — and for top female nominee Brandi Carlile, pop star Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor and others, that means trousers.

Carlile rocked a smart tuxedo-style suit with a long coat while Trainor opted for a white jumpsuit with a deep neckline.

Former first lady Michelle Obama earned a screaming ovation when she made a surprise appearance at the start of the show in a gunmetal pantsuit with a kimono-like jacket.

“Music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said to cheers alongside Keys, Lady Gaga, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and music mega-star Jennifer Lopez.

– Hats! –

You don’t see too many hats on other showbiz red carpets during awards season at the start of each year, but the Grammys style parade is in a league of its own.

Pop futurist Janelle Monae led the charge with her jaunty angled golden flying saucer hat, while Lopez made a statement in a wide-brimmed hat that for many resembled one worn by First Lady Melania Trump last year.

On the men’s side, funk legend George Clinton — who is receiving a lifetime achievement award — wore a futuristic helmet that made it somewhat hard for him to see.

– The Wall (not the one by Pink Floyd) –

Showbiz is generally unkind to Donald Trump, but a few with Grammys invitations have used the red carpet to show their love for the Republican president — and boost their social media profiles.

Singer Joy Villa wore a red, white and blue Make America Great Again gown in 2017. This year, she went for a statement about Trump’s plans to build a wall on the border with Mexico: “BUILD THE WALL” was scrawled in red on her white gown, with a brick pattern… like a wall.

Ricky Rebel looked like he had repurposed Villa’s gown from two years ago, arriving in a red, white and blue Trump-MAGA jacket.

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  1. Avatar Gabby August 14th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    M4M – Just the way to get RAO to State House. I dare RAO to speak out against this!

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Nothing wrong with that. Only total fairness for all can silence him. But we are repeatedly giving him opportunity to rewind!

      1. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

        A fairness only achievable in a utopian country. Planet earth has never experienced “fairness and justice for all” That is only achievable in the firmaments.

  2. Avatar patrick mashaa August 14th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    To some people until we have a constitution that will make Raila president is when Kenya will have a perfect Constitution.

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:08 am

      No. Untill we have a constitution that guarantees total fairness to all, we shall still have these calls for change!

  3. Avatar sammie kiogora August 14th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    When CORD gets more MPs in parliament, we can talk and then convince GEMA, Kalenjins and many other smaller communities. Raila will never be president and he will die trying. Why didn’t we hear them propose these when the constitution was being drafted?

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Tyrany cheats were initially not very noticable.

      1. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 4:06 pm

        Now that they have been noticed what are your propositions?

        1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 19th, 2013 at 5:01 pm

          What was real was the cheats. 111s, 333s, 444s, 888s in election results equaled to tyrany numbers. I even asked about them and slight changes were made!

          1. Avatar [email protected] August 19th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

            Pratt, If I were you I wouldnt be hasty to dismiss the so called Tyranny of numbers. Its effects were visible for all to see. Upto and before closure of voter registration exercise, Raila was doing so well in the race that his contenders were far behind. The throne was his for taking. However a game changing tactic called “tyranny of numbers “ arose during voter registration exercise. While Jubilee
            was busy convincing its stronghold to register enmass, Cord was asleep to this fact. Do we blame Raila for this? Personally
            I won’t. As a co principal, the man was very busy steering for a smooth ending of the coalition government especially after realizing that Kibaki his co principal had taken a more indolent winding up attitude.

            The blame lies squarely on his foot soldiers. They sat
            pretty in their offices oblivious of Jubilee’s clarion call on its rich vote basket to register. Cord brigade waited for an already overloaded captain to go out and convince their stronghold on the sacred need to register. In my county for instance the elderly, the sick and the disabled were aided to register. The
            song of registration was sung so repeatedly and convincingly that those who had not registered carried in them a heavy guilt. If you also recall, Uhuru resigned early from government. So he had all the time to call out his stronghold. Infact he made passionate appeals during live interviews in vernacular
            FMs that made his followers alive to the mammoth importance of registration. “Elections are won by registered voters not faithful unregistered followers.” said Uhuru in one FM station.

            And as curtains fell on the exercise, Jubilee strongholds
            had oversubscribed to over 115% while Cord had undersubscribed to 80% of expected registered voters. For instance how can such a vote rich Western region register dismal 1.4million voters? In my estimation IEBC fell short of target by 4 million potential voters out of which 3 million belonged to Cord while 1 million belonged to Jubilee. In other words, Raila could have garnered 8.5million votes against Jubilee’s 7.3million and easily cruise to the house on the hill. All indicators were positive. Raila was winning. Tilting occurred at the home stretch lap in the name of voter registration.

  4. Avatar Ithe Wa Wambui August 14th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Kenya is not the United States of America. One man one Vote….!!

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Apparently our constitution was lifted from the American model!

      1. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

        And modified and glorified by the very people who are now asking for its overhaul!

        1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 19th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          With mistaken belief that REAL JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL!!!!

  5. Avatar John Nyagwencha August 14th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Any person that does not endorse him is a
    tribalist, any institution that does not declare him victor is compromised or
    incompetent, any law or constitution that does not make it easier for him to be
    president is retrogressive

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 9:49 am

      There were super tyrany numbers like 111s, 333s, 444s and 888s in election results that have never been explained. To matters worse, IEBC told us that it had registered 14.5m people. Only to come up with their skewed figures. Actually, we dont anything that

  6. Avatar Kitonga August 15th, 2013 at 7:35 am


  7. Avatar Godfrey Kimega August 15th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Democracy means one person, one vote. I don’t see democracy in the proposed system, just a way for a particular man to win the presidency.

    1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 9:37 am

      And democracy, in the wildest imaginations, was never about one community all resources!!!!

      1. Avatar Godfrey Kimega August 15th, 2013 at 11:29 am

        So, if you kill democracy because of this one community, what would be the alternative? Winston Churchill once said that democracy is the worst form of government but we have to live with it because the alternatives (dictatorship, fascism, military rule, imperialism) are worse.

        1. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

          What we are having is worse fascism! People have organized themselves in to a syndicate that sucks other persons’ blood in the name of democracy! You cant honestly call a two community affair democracy when we have over 42 communities in the land. This is some close to aparthied! People who used state power to enrich themselves and even corrupted election officials to get their way, are criminals not democratic lot. They certainly dont fit that description!

          1. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

            You talk of 40 vs 2 as if it is the gospel truth. Kenyans moved on and left behind a few who are still nursing March 4th election wounds. We wish them a quick recovery though.

          2. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 19th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

            “That moved on” is a huge joke! Tyrany numbers=sure rigging=mungiki letters+airport sagas=false justice=tripple numbers=tyrany of numbers=rigging=false fairly beaten!

  8. Avatar Kwessi Pratt August 15th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Former PM Raila Odinga MUST desist from taking us round in circles. Of course, all patriotic citizens share his concerns. However, those concerns can be addressed without rolling Kenyans in to endless political games. Whats required now are structures that shall ensure all appointments in this country truly reflect our ethnic diversity. As of now, all essential sectors

  9. Avatar [email protected] August 17th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Poor henchmen! Who has bewitched you! Any way go ahead, agitating for your “life giving” referendum as if it will materialize.


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