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 sneakers and a backwards snapback hat. Right here he was, the most-streamed artist on the planet onstage on Music’s Largest Night time™, and viewers at dwelling on Twitter had been reveling in how he appears to be like similar to me fr, besides, effectively, sexier.
Afterward within the night, Unhealthy Bunny become a stunning swimsuit to simply 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 staff 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.
Positive, 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 truth that good, regular garments have change into the largest factor in menswear. Even Album of the 12 months winner Harry Types, 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 believed (hoped?) that shock presenter Billy Crystal, maybe in homage to Harry Burns, had paired his velvet swimsuit 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 sneakers—a luxe outfit provided that you realize that it’s head-to-toe Bottega Veneta, and the tee and denims are literally manufactured 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, 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.)
At the same time as movie star menswear has change into a no-rules recreation, carrying normal-seeming garments to a high-profile occasion nonetheless makes an announcement—doubly so when that occasion is the Grammys, an awards present usually hilariously out-of-step with the tradition of pop music. There’s one thing about carrying denims and a white tee that, apart from trying cool and informal, speaks to the concept that once you’re doing “Unhealthy Bunny numbers,” there are profession achievements extra attention-grabbing than racking up trophies.