Much like all award shows in these unprecedented times, the 63rd annual Grammy awards was no different. The ceremony featured performances from Harry Styles singing his anthem ‘Watermelon Sugar’ from his nominated album ‘Fine Line’, Taylor Swift, DaBaby, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Maren Morris and Due Lipa – in total there were 22 performances. The artists safely came together to celebrate music in a time where coming together is only an option if it is virtual.
The show was hosted by South African comedian and producer Trevor Noah and was broadcast worldwide on 14th March 2021.
There were hits, there were misses, but this list focuses on the biggest hits of the night.
Welcome to the Hummingbird Journal’s first Grammy’s best dressed list!
- Beyonce in Schiaparelli
Queen Bey showing us time and time again why a LBD is always a safe and sexy option. As the most celebrated woman in Grammy history it is only fitting that Beyonce would also steal the limelight with her fashion choices. The star is idolised for her music, yet this leather off-the-shoulder dress from Schiaparelli is a knockout, though not the most daring or out there of outfits it flattered Beyonce and allowed her to collect her Grammy in style. Just another of many to add to the collection.
- Beyonce in Burberry
If you were slightly disappointed by the first outfit from Bey (which you shouldn’t be) then this stunning chainmail ensemble from Burberry will lift your spirits up. Giving us major Joan of Arc vibes, this gown is fitted with a crystal chain corset around the middle and matching silver head wrap, Beyonce accessorised with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. This mesh gown, veil and head wrap presented us with one of the most memorable looks of the night. Bow down.
- Megan Thee Stallion in Dolce&Gabbana
Real hot girl shit indeed. Megan looked on fire with this zesty orange silk gown from Dolce&Gabbana. The strapless gown featured a thigh high slit which allowed us to see the gorgeous matching sandals studded with jewels. The bow design on the back was absolutely huge and definitely made a statement for the ‘Body’ singer. Though the dress was fiery, Megan opted to frost herself in Chopard jewels including a button earring, layered choker necklace, diamond bracelets on each wrist and a ring for good measure.
- Phoebe Bridgers in Them Browne
Though Phoebe sadly missed out on her Grammy wins (as seen from this hilarious yet sad photo and caption from her Instagram @phoebebridgers) she stayed true to her gothic aesthetic with this Thom Browne straight gown with 3D skeleton bones that were embellished with crystals and sparkled in the most melodramatic way as the bones followed her every movement down the red carpet. The gown is a glamorous version of her signature skeleton onesie that she wears on stage and has become vital for her brand.
- Noah Cyrus in Schiaparelli
In a year where many of us have grown far too accustomed to our beds, Noah Cyrus decided to bring her duvet to the runway in this piece from Schiaparelli’s spring collection. All jokes aside, the outfit was a highlight of the night producing a soft and angelic look with huge ruffles of fabric protruding from the back and draping over her figure. The gown certainly makes Noah look cherubic, just like heaven. Cyrus matched this with fistfuls of jewellery with a ring for every finger and large earrings. The dainty necklaces may have just been enough for us, we think.
- Cynthia Erivo in Louis Vuitton
Giving us Ancient Greek ruler vibes, Erivo dazzles in this creation by Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicholas Ghesquiere fresh off her Golden Globes high. The gown has been hand stitched and embroidered with over 60,000 glass beads, sequins and crystals that reportedly took over 140 hours to complete. Paired with jewellery from Tiffany&Co, the singer opts for a simple gold chain bracelet and rings with a statement earring. Her long, coffin shaped, manicured nails meant a sharp and executed finish for a look to remember. Cynthia Erivo never fails to amaze.
- Harry Styles in Gucci.
As the poster boy for Gucci, we were not surprised to find that Styles had been dressed from head to toe in the designer brand, but what we were not expecting was for him to serve us with three different looks throughout the evening. First up was this mismatched excellence of textures and colours. A vibrant yellow check tweed jacket with a knitted tartan beige sweater vest with pink hemming and brown velvet flared trousers. Leather boots and finished off with a lavender fake fur boa. Not one, not two, not three, not four but five different textures and materials. Does anyone else suddenly have the urge to buy a feather boa?
Taking to the stage to perform his titular tune ‘Watermelon Sugar’ and present us with his second look of the evening. Leaving absolutely no room for us to breathe, Styles opted for an open leather blazer, accompanied by his many chest tattoos. The blazer was paired with matching flared trousers, a sage green boa and leather boots.
Thirdly, holding his Grammy, Styles presents us with his final look of the night. A rust orange two buttoned over-sized jacket with a ribbed knit white vest and what look like very comfortable tweed flared trousers and, you guessed it, a fur boa. This time in ebony black. We think Gucci will be very proud of their young protege.
- Dua Lipa in Versace
Dua Lipa is no stranger to wearing Versace, she has even been approved by Donatella herself as a face for the brand, however this pastel, glitzy mesh look left all jaws on the floor. The mesh was entirely crystallised and the bodice was Swarovski encrusted arranged in such a pattern to give the appearance of a butterfly. The gems falling from the strap towards the centre were played perfectly and the gorgeous pastel palette was said to be inspired by the colours of the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. The look was finished with Bulgari jewellery.
- Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta
Despite the dress being from their fall range, this high neck, miniskirt and puffed sleeved frock screams summer. The colour palette of pinks and purples with pops of yellow, orange and blue is simply awe inspiring. The dress is fully embroidered with appliqués of flora and fauna galore which speaks to the artist’s album Folklore and captures the album’s aesthetic and lyrical genius flawlessly in this late summer inspired dress. It is paired with pink pumps with a tie and bow around the ankle, also highlighting the later summer months. We think Oscar de la Renta have done Taylor complete justice here, if Folklore were a dress, this would be it. The album won ‘Album of the Year’ which marks the third time Swift has won the award.
- Lizzo in Balmain
Lizzo was looking “Good as Hell” in this sea-foam green strapless dress with matching shimmery Stuart Weitzman sandals. The rushing and layered material takes us back to 80s prom, however Lizzo looks absolutely stunning and never fails to please. After last year’s Old Hollywood glamour at the Grammys, this minty look is refreshing and takes both retro and modern elements into its design. The colour palette has us begging for spring and summer, for sun and beer gardens. The dress was completed by a serpentine necklace and bracelet set from Bulgari diamonds.
- Bad Bunny in Burberry
Sunflowers as an accessory is probably something you are going to see a lot of on social media throughout spring and summer thanks to Bad Bunny. His sunflower was paired with Bonnie Clyde sunglasses in a yellow hue providing the only pop of colour in his monochromatic outfit. The all black ensemble was provided by Burberry, in a suit and long overcoat. The beanie with ears is the cherry on top that finishes the look and gives the sombre look a hint of fun and whimsy.
- Jhene Aiko in Monsoori
This candyfloss dream was a huge hit for the six time nominee. The elegant ruffled gown had modern contemporary twists in the strapless, off-the-shoulder look with a slit separating the top and skirt to reveal Aiko’s stomach. This look was a standout of the night with the pink ruffles and folds of the gown following Aiko’s every move and billowed out onto the red carpet beautifully. The dress featured a huge train as well as its massive skirt.
- H.E.R in a Dundas suit
This velvet plum moment from H.E.R, who won the Grammy for Song of the Year with ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ She took to the runway in this stunning piece from Dundas with bead embroidery and a sash around the waist. This look gave us boho chic from the circular sunglasses tinted with magenta, the long wavy hair and the way H.E.R. carried herself with nonchalance and attitude to sell the outfit- purple and gold, the most regal combination.
- Chika in Nike
The most comfortable star to hit the runway was most definitely rapper Chika in a head to toe Nike ensemble with matching face mask. The outfit may not have been the most predictable thing to wear to an award ceremony but at least she was relaxed and snug in her attire with matching Nike overcoat. The colour palette is mesmerising however, with pastel hues of pink, blue and lavender swirled together.
So what have we learned?
- Spring is officially here with florals and pastels making an appearance.
- You can use anything as an accessory – even a sunflower.
- The 2000s are offically making their comeback with the Y2K style and feather boas.
- A LBD is always a good option.