Ball Gowns, Bellhops, and Billy Porter: A Fashion Review of the 2020 Grammys

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Norhan Zouak, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again! No, not the holiday season, but the awards season. Awards season is what Hollywood personnel, movie buffs, and music fans cannot wait for all year, but there is another group of people who especially love this time of year: fashion critics. The Grammys, in particular, is a favorite of critics due to the copious creativity artists have that translates into their fashion. And this year’s Grammys—held on January 26th at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles—surely did not disappoint critics. The red carpet had more than its fair share of fashion feats and faux pas. Here’s a rundown on the ten of the most memorable looks of the evening.

Ariana Grande

Though she didn’t win any awards, she most certainly swept the red carpet—literally, think about how much dust is under that skirt. I mean, who needs a Grammy—more like a Scammy—when you look like a literal Disney princess.

Lil Nas X

When “Old Town Road” topped the country music charts, debate as to whether or not it is a real country song broke out. Perhaps Lil Nas X dressed up as a cowboy to pin the final nail on the coffin and end all debate. Regardless, he looked absolutely phenomenal, although I don’t think that look would’ve been accepted in the wild west.

Chrissy Teigan

Personally, this for me was one of the worst looks of the night. The peplum waist, the sleeves, the low-cut neck-line, the tulle skirt—it was all just too much.


I never thought dressing like a cowboy would be a trend in this day and age, but here we are. Like Lil Nas X, Diplo embraced a cowboy-style look, only without all the hot pink and harness, but just as dapper.

Billy Porter

Porter also opted for a cowboy look—seriously, what’s going on—but with a very different spin, literally. Porter actually lit up the carpet and instantly became an icon with this look as he adorned a motorized fringe hat. 

Shaun Ross

The first word that came to mind when I first saw this look was dedication. The jacket, the shirt, the pants, the boots, even the earrings—all pearls. Although, I have one concern: how did he sit down?

Dua Lipa

As if! Lipa looked “totally rad” in this 90s-inspired look, complete with the frosted eyeshadow and top knot. This look, a personal favorite, can only be described as sophistication and nostalgia in one.

Tyler, the Creator

At this point, the red carpet is just a Halloween parade. Or maybe Tyler never got the cowboy memo and went as a bellhop instead. Regardless, I absolutely adored this look. 

Billie Eilish

Was she trying to make a statement? Was she protecting herself from coronavirus? We may never know. But what I do know is that this look missed the mark. Eilish is known for her bold and baggy style, but the only statement she was making with this look was, “Yes, I am auditioning to be an extra in The Wizard of Oz.