If you thought Hollywood award shows couldn’t get much more political than when Meryl Streep delivered an anti-Trump speech while accepting her lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, gird yourself because the Grammys red carpet got even more serious about the movement. But for this particular celeb-studded affair, instead of pointed remarks and eloquent speeches focused on the President and his policies, stars were letting their red carpet outfits make the political statement for them, ranging from Katy Perry‘s very blunt armband to Blue Ivy‘s more subtle statement purse.
Katy Perry performed the first single from her forthcoming new album, “Chained to the Rhythm,” and the former outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter made it obvious that while her candidate may have lost the election, that doesn’t mean she’s anywhere close to being on board with our new President. The pop star performed wearing a very evocative white pantsuit, something many women wore on Election Day to symbolize the suffragette movement, accessorized with a pink bedazzled arm band that reads “PERSIST,” a signature flourish that reportedly came straight from Perry’s own imagination. Her final touch? A pin on her left lapel bearing the logo of Planned Parenthood.
Skylar Grey also made her political position crystal clear, carrying a pink LED-enabled clutch across which the words “Empowerment” and “Equality” were continuously scrolling as she walked down the red carpet
A member of the band Highly Suspect, Johnny Stevens, whose song “My Name Is Human” is nominated for best rock song this year, wore a plain black shirt with the word “Impeach” spray painted cross the back, turning around for photos on the red carpet while his fellow bandmates pointed to their message of resistance.
Schoolboy Q demonstrated his solidarity with the Women’s March and feminism in general, arriving wearing a pink tie-dyed sweatshirt with the words “GIRL POWER” written across it, and matching with his daughter who wore a little pink pantsuit from Gucci that was very similar to the one Blue Ivy also wore (below).
Charli XCX‘s earrings were probably less of a political statement than a signature piece of iconography from the designer of her dress Vivienne Westwood, a woman who also pioneered the British punk aesthetic. But nonetheless the act of wearing a safety pin in this day and age, even diamond-encrusted ones, can’t help but bring to mind the post-election movement meant to demonstrate solidarity with those who feel threatened in the current political climate.
But of course, it was Blue Ivy who totally stole the show in a tiny pink Gucci suit meant to pay tribute to Prince’s iconic style. But that wasn’t the only major message she was sending this evening. Beyoncé’s daughter paired her pantsuit with a tiny, crystallized purse shaped like the head of a pink cat. While this could very well just be a five-year-old’s proclivity for glitter and cats, we’re sure the parallels to the pink pussy hats many women wore to march on Washington surely wasn’t lost on her pop star parents.
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