What was the mood on the E! red carpet at the 2020 Grammys? Well, people were asked about their next albums and the designers of the clothes they were wearing. But the general feeling—also on CBS—was that anything too nuts and shallow would not be in keeping, given the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter just hours before. Some stars, like Smokey Robinson and Diplo, referenced it directly. Otherwise, the carpet was full of the usual fabulousness—thanks to attendees including Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, and Billy Porter—but even fulminating over their dazzling duds was kept to a lower volume than usual.
Lizzo: If you shall rule over the Grammys, do so in goddess white, and for goodness’ sake get a stole! Lizzo, in Versace (and channeling Diana Ross and Cher) starting the evening as she means to go on: owning it.
Ariana Grande: Remember when Carrie had that shitty night in Paris in Sex and the City? All dressed up and nowhere to go. This was the kind of dress-meets-beautiful-cloud she wore all collapsed in bed! And Ariana updates and outdoes that look in Giambattista Valli, stunningly.