LIKE OTHER AWARD SHOWS, THE 2021 GRAMMY’S BROUGHT OUT THE BRIGHTEST STARS AND THE COLDEST CRITICS
Music and fashion have been outlets for self expression for centuries. The Grammy Awards Ceremony is probably the most relevant celebration of both of these facets of creation, yet the awards show also leads to a negative impact on society in the form of worst-dressed lists.
The Grammy Awards are annually hosted to highlight artists’ music accomplishments from the previous year—but, that is not all that artists are judged on. Critics gather to express their opinions on the fashion choices made by public figures in the music industry.
Their judgments are shared in lists of the “Worst and Best Dressed of the year.” The lack of class and disrespect toward personal style is appalling.
Personal style comes in an endless array of shapes and forms. We know this is true from the amount of world-class designers who influence us.
Critics gather in the masses to view—for a few minutes at a time—designs that are off-the-wall, yet intriguing and impactful. So, if we look up to those who create art through fashion, why are we ridiculing people who choose to wear that art to express their own sense of style? Why have we become so accustomed to judgment that we await a list that reflects public humiliation?
This year, many fashion contributors gave their input on who should be crowned best- and worst-dressed at the Grammy Awards. Bad Bunny stunned the crowd with a classic, black Burberry ensemble that critics raved about. Megan Thee Stallion donned a neon orange version of a classic Madonna look created by Dolce & Gabbana. H.E.R. wore a luxurious boho-chic outfit.
Some people argued over whether certain styles should be part of the Worst-Dressed List or the Best-Dressed list. Noah Cyrus received both applause and ridicule for her bold fashion choice at this year’s ceremony. While some critics said her dress resembled wadded-up tissue paper, others praised her level of chicness.
Alongside Cyrus, Doja Cat and several other artists took the heat of the ridicule for their fashion choices. The “Say So” artist chose a style juxtaposition for the night that was not a fan favorite. Her Fausto Puglisi gown stood out in a crowd of neutral, solid-colored, chic styles, and for that she received criticism.
The best- and worst-dressed nominations do more harm than good, especially to those receiving insults. We look up to the styles applauded from these events, but lack sympathy for people in the negative limelight.
I am all for commending people who take risks and exemplify revolutionary fashion at events celebrating creativity and art. We must dismiss the idea that people should be judged for the way they dress and express themselves.
The world is full of opinions, but the only one that should matter is the one you have about yourself. We run the risk of tearing each other down when we discourage self-expression and design.
It is insulting to designers when people have the nerve to label their creations as some of the worst attire at an event. Just because we have the freedom to do and say as we please, does not mean we should do so at someone else’s expense.