The 2023 Grammy Awards broadcast opened on the Puerto Rican famous person Dangerous 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 Greatest Evening™, and viewers at house on Twitter have been reveling in how he seems identical to me fr, besides, nicely, sexier.
Afterward within the night, Dangerous Bunny became a beautiful swimsuit to just accept his Greatest Música Urbana Album trophy—however he saved 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 lined with silver brooches, which he paired with a breezy Martine Rose shell jacket, grey slacks, and Nike x Martine Rose Nike Shox.
Certain, Steve Lacy, in a switchblade-sharp Saint Laurent swimsuit and pointed heels, might 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 crimson carpet in a plunging, harlequin-print jumpsuit (a zany, if sexless, staple of his current tour wardrobe), became 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 swimsuit 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 critical designer manufacturers, made the revolutionary transfer of wanting like they wore no matter they wished to; their collective Grammys outfits included a pair of Bottega culottes, Mind Useless wood clogs, an Our Legacy vest, and a classic Dangerous Brains tee.
In the meantime, GloRilla collaborator Hitkidd took issues a step additional in near-cosplay normcore: blue denims, tan jacket, crimson striped tie, and a “Hitkidd for President” trucker cap. (Seems, the producer wore the same 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 wanting cool and informal, speaks to the concept that once you’re doing “Dangerous Bunny numbers,” there are profession achievements extra fascinating than racking up trophies.