The 2016 Grammy awards brought the expected (Taylor Swift acting WAY too happy when someone else won an award she was nominated for) and the unexpected (Kendrick Lamar’s absolutely incredible jailhouse-themed performance of “Alright,” “The Blacker The Berry,” and “Untitled 3”).
It also brought some serious style risks, some of which worked while others…not so much. The Grammys more than any other awards show are where people take a chance and wear some seriously “out there” attire. Who can forget the hat that sparked a thousand memes that Pharrell sported two years ago? Artists have a sense that the Grammy red carpet is another stage on which they are performing and treat their clothes accordingly.
Fortunately, as men’s style became more elevated in recent years, so have the looks that artists and musicians wear to the Grammys. The 2016 show saw a number of guys rock styles that were cool, relevant, and tasteful. Mark Ronson wore a sharp pinstriped navy jacket over a wide-necked T-shirt that was definitely funked up. Big Sean’s white dinner jacket with black lapels had him looking cooler than any Rat Packer. Even Justin Bieber, if you put aside the awkward facial hair, looked like a grown ass man in his white blazer with a black shirt, black bowtie, and black pants.
But if there are winners, there have to be losers. And the 2016 Grammys had those too. Here are 8 guys whose Grammy style most definitely did not rock.
C'mon Wiz, Kanye West takes a break from skewering you on Twitter to shout out your pants and then you show up wearing a pair of men’s capris? You’re better than that. The proportions of the entire look from Thom Browne were off. From the jacket with tails to the vest to the pants, it looked like Wiz had squeezed into a 10-year-old drum major’s costume. Hopefully it’ll be “a long time” until we see this look again, my friend.
Hunt is like the cool country singer, with tastes that lean more toward limited edition Nikes than cowboy boots. But his taste (or his stylist’s) seems to have failed him at the Grammys. Even when the Grammys are the day after Valentine’s Day, a pink suit is never the right call.
For all the heat that Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood hat caught in 2014, it definitely influenced the style of hats that men wear today. His look at this year’s Grammys is a little harder to defend. His blonde hair made him look like Sisqo. Every time I saw him, “Thong, th-thong, thong, thong” ran through my head. Pharrell actually might be the only man in the world that make wearing a women’s Chanel jacket look semi-cool. But the formal jacket forced him to go over-casual with the rest of his outfit. The T-shirt and ripped jeans just ended up looking sloppy and made Pharrell seem underdressed for the occasion.
Depp is slowly morphing into Mickey Rourke. He showed up at the Grammys in an old man goth outfit with all manner of things hanging off of him, from floor-scraping bandanas to a trio of fancy safety pin earrings. Depp was there to play with his band, the Hollywood Vampires, which consists of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and assorted Guns N’ Roses members. Even though his look may have fit in, Depp definitely was the answer to the question, “Which of these things is not like the other?”
CBS, which broadcasts the Grammys, looks for any opportunity to shoehorn the network’s other talent into the show (see: LL Cool J’s persistent hosting). This year that meant working the reigning MVP from the Super Bowl (which CBS aired) into the broadcast. Perhaps trying to fit in or perhaps just completely out of his mind, the Denver Broncos linebacker went with an iridescent jacket that was both distracting and ugly. It looked as if he had taken his MVP trophy and melted it down into fabric.
BOW WOW If you don’t want people to call you “Lil” any more, the best way is to not wear a bib. That’s what the knit thingy (that’s the only way to describe it) hanging in front of Bow Wow’s shirt looked like. It might work for Zorro, but on Bow Wow it just seemed ridiculous.
MICKY DOLENZ I’m still unclear as to why exactly the former Monkees member was even at the Grammys, and based on his look, Dolenz may have been too. He essentially wore a pajama shirt and a robe, which may look cool when artist Julian Schnabel pulls it off, but not when Dolenz does. It’s the Grammys, Micky, act like it.
DJ KHALED Khaled is a full-fledged Snapchat star and single-handedly introduced much of today’s popular slang (“major key” “cloth alert”). But while his Grammys style wasn’t a complete fail, it didn’t live up to Khaled’s “We The Best” motto. A suit with sneakers is one thing, but a tuxedo with sneakers is something else, even when those kicks are rare black Yeezy Boost 750s. If Khaled had worn more formal shoes, he would have really stuck it to “They.”