The Grammy Awards, music’s greatest get together, are happening tonight in Los Angeles, with Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner, because the host. In the yr because the final awards, which got here underneath hearth for not representing many feminine artists in its nominees, the Grammys have restructured the membership and nominations course of in an effort to be extra truthful.
Cardi B, who’s nominated for 5 awards and will carry out tonight, arrived together with her husband Offset wanting like a real-life model of Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus. She wore a classic costume from Mugler’s 1995 couture assortment with strings of pearls wrapped round her neck, waist and in a cone-shaped headpiece. The extravagant look was not out of the extraordinary for Cardi B. She not too long ago appeared on the duvet of Harper’s Bazaar and inside its shiny pages as a contemporary fairy-tale heroine, and she wore a 30-pound pearl-encrusted costume to the Met Gala final yr.
Lady Gaga confirmed up in a glittering strapless costume by Yves Saint Laurent. And Dua Lipa, who’s nominated for finest new artist, arrived in a silver, skintight costume that matched her nails, which have been dripping with charms.
Camila Cabello, who carried out the opening quantity, Kacey Musgraves and BTS all stopped for conversations with Ryan Seacrest. Ms. Cabello, who wore a shimmering pink costume, stated: “The performance is based off of my grandma’s childhood.” BTS stated they stayed up all night time earlier than their flight to Los Angeles engaged on their new album.
The Backstreet Boys arrived collectively; the group has been nominated eight instances earlier than. (This yr they’re nominated for finest pop duo/group efficiency for the one “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”) Though they’ve been a well-known unit for 26 years now, the band members stated they can reside their lives as regular dads. “We go grocery shopping,” Nick Carter stated. “We carpool,” Kevin Richardson added.
Dolly Parton, who was honored in a tribute efficiency, wore a purple costume with a bejeweled T-shaped collar. Mr. Seacrest requested if Ms. Parton ever places on a disguise and sneaks into Dollywood, the amusement park that she owns. Ms. Parton answered: “No, but I close the park down sometimes to sneak in.”
One notable absence from the purple carpet was Ariana Grande.
Ms. Grande tweeted on Thursday that she would not be performing at the ceremony because Ken Ehrlich, the producer of the Grammys, had stifled her creativity and self-expression in limiting what was possible for her performance. (Mr. Ehrlich told The Associated Press that she was not performing because she had not prepared something in time for the show.)
The Grammys red carpet has a history of delivering outrageous sartorial concoctions. It is where Jennifer Lopez debuted her low-slung Versace dress and where Rihanna strutted in a bubble-gum-pink Giambattista Valli puff.
This year’s carpet delivered its own memorable moments, with Cardi B’s Venus on the half-shell get-up, Janelle Monáe’s structured Jean Paul Gaultier dress with oversize shoulders and Jada Pinkett Smith’s long feather train.