Grammys '19

Cardi B in vintage Mugler
I cropped out Offset because, duh.
She looks like a flower blooming.
Which makes sense when you think about her career, so far.
So happy for this Bronx woman.

It seems like the Grammys wanted to make up for the disastrous comment made by the Recording Academy president last year when he said how the women in the music industry had to 'step up' after folks realized the scarcity of them winning the gramophone at the 2018 awards show.

They sure did 'step up' at this year's telecast!

The Grammys selected Alicia Keys as the host. She did okay; her energy was high and she kept pointing out that damn near everyone in the audience was someone she loved. I guess she did this to calm the nerves. Also, she provided us with an intermission performance. She played two pianos (quite impressive, honestly) while jamming out to old popular songs. That, too, was okay. All in all, she tried.

And before any awards were handed out, Alicia brought out some of her 'sisters' to share their love for music and why it's so pivotal to their lives. The surprise guest was my forever First Lady, Michelle Obama. The other sisters were Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Truthfully, I cringed and rolled my eyes throughout the whole segment. It felt contrived.

Speaking of Jennifer Lopez aka J. Lo aka Jenny from the Block, she gave quite the performance for the Motown tribute. She danced, she 'sang', she gave us salsa...? It was interesting to watch. If I had a choice as to who would do a Motown tribute justice, Jennifer Lopez would not even be on the list. I guess that's just how the Grammys roll.

Congratulations to Cardi B (OKURRRRRR), Drake (who was promptly cut off mid speech when he was in the process of denouncing the Grammys), H.E.R., Lady Gaga (She's damn near winning every award for the Shallow song and yet she continues to with dramatics. Chill.), Ella Mai, and Childish Gambino.

Before I start the boring red carpet fashion, just a brief comment on Kacey Musgraves and her Album of the Year win. I was so ready to hear Brandi Carlisle's name. Shit, I was ready for Post Malone to accept the award. But I'm a-okay with Kacey winning. Sometime around late November/early December when music critics and folks alike were sharing their Best Albums of 2019 list, two names were consistently showing up in their Top 5s: Cardi B and Kacey Musgraves. I already knew Cardi's name was gonna be there because Invasion of Privacy is a fantastic album. But I was intrigued about Kacey. I knew of her, I like her retro style. Music wise? Couldn't even name a song. So I decided to listen to Golden Hour. And you know what? It's a pretty cool album. Favorite songs are High Horse, Butterflies, and Space Cowboy.

So, congratulations to you, too, Kacey.

Lady Gaga in Celine
Ms. Gaga had to remind us that she's a rock star.
Love this whole look. Especially, the hair.
Her sped up, rock inspired performance of Shallow? Not so much.
Dua Lipa in Versace
What a stunning dress!
She looks gorgeous.
She also won Best New Artist.
Kacey Musgraves in Valentino Haute Couture
Not a fan of the nude coloring to match her skin.
Thankfully, she added a pop of color with the belt.
H.E.R. in Coach
She's on here because I geeked the fuck out over her win for Best R&B Album.
And she promptly explained that it wasn't even an album but an EP.
Because, why not.
Janelle Monae in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture
Considering how cray cray the dress is, the hat was a random styling.
Jennifer Lopez in Armani Prive
She has never been a fashion icon to me but she's definitely has lost her touch.
Just an overall blah look.
Tracee Ellis Ross in Ralph & Russo
I like the concept of this look...
...however, imagine this suit in a darker green color with some texture.
It would've been fantastic.
The belt is kick ass, though.
*photos c/o Hollywood Life