The 2023 Grammy Awards broadcast opened on the Puerto Rican celebrity Dangerous Bunny, who led a procession of colorful-skirted bomba y plena dancers whereas sporting 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 house on Twitter had been reveling in how he seems to be identical to me fr, besides, effectively, sexier.
Afterward within the night, Dangerous Bunny become a stunning go well with to just accept his Finest 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: Finest Rap Album winner Kendrick Lamar repped his hometown workforce 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.
Certain, 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 most important factor in menswear. Even Album of the 12 months winner Harry Kinds, who hit the purple carpet in a plunging, harlequin-print jumpsuit (a zany, if sexless, staple of his latest 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 had been slacks.)
Some went the “quiet luxurious” route: Finest 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 that it’s head-to-toe Bottega Veneta, and the tee and denims are literally made 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 Lifeless picket 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, purple striped tie, and a “Hitkidd for President” trucker cap. (Seems, the producer wore an analogous outfit to the BET Hip Hop Awards again in September.)
Whilst superstar menswear has turn out to be a no-rules sport, sporting normal-seeming garments to a high-profile occasion nonetheless makes an announcement—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 sporting denims and a white tee that, apart from wanting cool and informal, speaks to the concept that if you’re doing “Dangerous Bunny numbers,” there are profession achievements extra attention-grabbing than racking up trophies.