On the 2018 Grammy’s red carpet, some stars chose to use their ensembles to make statements regarding their social or political beliefs. This is not surprising during a time where social issues are at the forefront of every conversation.
Lorde skipped the red carpet but showed up to the Grammy’s wearing a stuning red tulle gown paired with minimal makeup and a crimson color lip. The real showstopper, however, was on the back of the Melodrama singer’s gown.
Sewn onto the back of her dress, Lorde included an excerpt from Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays. The excerpt read:
“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take coverage for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old and corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph. Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances. The apocalypse will blossom.”
Lorde captioned the Instagram photo, “My version of a white rose- THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM-an excerpt from the greatest of all time- jenny holzer.”
Kesha had a big night as she performed Pray on stage surrounded by strong, powerful women. Instead of carrying a white rose to support Time’s Up, the singer opted for a navy blue Western-inspired suit embroidered with white roses. After coming forward with her own sexual abuse story, the Time’s Up or #MeToo movement felt particularly personal for her.
Kesha’s stylist, Samantha Burkhart, told People Magazine, “This has been Kesha’s story for the last three years — she lives that story. So, we were very conscientious and aware to make her feel confident. I wanted her to feel beautiful, empowered and strong, as well as sophisticated and glamorous.”
Singer Joy Villa is known for making political statements with her red carpet looks. Last year she wore a “Make America Great Again” gown with “Trump” embroidered on the back.
This year she chose to make a pro-life statement telling Fox News, “I’m a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do. I’m all about life.” Her look was inspired by her personal experience giving up her baby for adoption when she was 21 years old.
Beyonce’s 2018 Grammy look was inspired by the Black Panther Movement. Queen Bee’s makeup artist, Sir John, told People, “It started with Super Bowl last January, and here we are a year later. If you look at the beret from yesterday, the turtleneck part of the dress tonight – its sculptural silhouette. It was a really strong, powerful moment. This is something that is representative of love and solidarity for her people.”
She also wore a custom Judith Leiber clutch in the shape of a black panther, a vibrant purple lip, and almost $7 million worth of Lorraine Schwartz jewels.