The 2023 Grammy Awards broadcast opened on the Puerto Rican famous person Unhealthy Bunny, who led a procession of colorful-skirted bomba y plena dancers whereas carrying an exceedingly common outfit: a plain white T-shirt tucked (no belt) right into a pair of light-wash, hip-bone-high-rise denims, with white tennis footwear and a backwards snapback hat. Right here he was, the most-streamed artist on the planet onstage on Music’s Largest Evening™, and viewers at dwelling on Twitter have been reveling in how he seems similar to me fr, besides, properly, sexier.
Afterward within the night, Unhealthy Bunny become a stunning go well with to just accept his Greatest Música Urbana Album trophy—however he stored his curls tucked beneath a darkish inexperienced Los Angeles Dodgers fitted cap, which he additionally wore backwards, Fred Durst-style. (The unique brown snapback, for these curious, was a chunk of unique merch from a live performance he placed on in PR again in 2021.) And Benito’s wasn’t even the one Dodgers New Period hat to grace the stage final evening: Greatest Rap Album winner Kendrick Lamar repped his hometown group in a customized cap coated with silver brooches, which he paired with a breezy Martine Rose shell jacket, grey slacks, and Nike x Martine Rose Nike Shox.
Positive, Steve Lacy, in a switchblade-sharp Saint Laurent go well with and pointed heels, could have been the singular best-dressed man of the evening, however the staunchly regular menswear set the tone—which tells us that not a big-ticket awards present just like the Grammys is immune from the fact that good, regular garments have turn out to be the largest factor in menswear. Even Album of the Yr winner Harry Kinds, who hit the pink carpet in a plunging, harlequin-print jumpsuit (a zany, if sexless, staple of his current tour wardrobe), become a comparatively relaxed cropped Gucci tux jacket and tan trousers mid-show. For a second there, I assumed (hoped?) that shock presenter Billy Crystal, maybe in homage to Harry Burns, had paired his velvet go well with jacket with dark-wash denims. (They have been slacks.)
Some went the “quiet luxurious” route: Greatest New Artist nominee Omar Apollo hit in carpet in a leather-based blazer worn open over an unbuttoned striped shirt and a white tee, with blue denims and hefty black footwear—a luxe outfit provided that you already know that it’s head-to-toe Bottega Veneta, and the tee and denims are literally fabricated from printed leather-based. The four-piece Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile, even whereas flexing some severe designer manufacturers, made the revolutionary transfer of trying like they wore no matter they wished to; their collective Grammys outfits included a pair of Bottega culottes, Mind Lifeless wood clogs, an Our Legacy vest, and a classic Unhealthy Brains tee.
In the meantime, GloRilla collaborator Hitkidd took issues a step additional in near-cosplay normcore: blue denims, tan jacket, pink striped tie, and a “Hitkidd for President” trucker cap. (Seems, the producer wore an identical outfit to the BET Hip Hop Awards again in September.)
At the same time as superstar menswear has turn out to be a no-rules sport, carrying normal-seeming garments to a high-profile occasion nonetheless makes a press release—doubly so when that occasion is the Grammys, an awards present typically hilariously out-of-step with the tradition of pop music. There’s one thing about carrying denims and a white tee that, moreover trying cool and informal, speaks to the concept while you’re doing “Unhealthy Bunny numbers,” there are profession achievements extra fascinating than racking up trophies.