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On Grammys red carpet, white roses are the motif, women’s equality the message

Dozens of Grammy Award performers and attendees wore or held white roses Sunday to support of the Time's Up movement.

music Updated: Jan 29, 2018 10:09 IST
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At Grammy 2018 red carpet, white roses stood for Time’s Up campaign as powerful men and women wore them with lace, sequins and feathers.(AFP)

Even the most outrageous outfits of feathers, sequins or lace included a simple white rose at the Grammy Awards show’s red carpet on Sunday as the glitterati of the music world showed support for women’s equality and freedom from sexual harassment.

The roses - worn or held by both sexes on the red carpet outside New York’s Madison Square Garden - were a sign of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, spreading from Hollywood to the music industry.

Lady Gaga, nominated for best pop vocal album for “Joanne” at Grammys showed up in a Goth-inspired Armani gown in midnight black with a high Victorian collar, sparkling lace and a voluminous train. Perched high on her shoulder was a demure nosegay of white rose buds.

Lady Gaga attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. ( AFP )

Kelly Clarkson held a long-stemmed rose in her hand as she chatted on the carpet, its white contrasting with her black gown which included elaborate gold embroidered sleeves.

The rose, Clarkson said, “represents hope and peace and sympathy and peace, and I thought those are very lovely things for any human being to encompass.”

Nick Jonas and Kelly Clarkson present the Best New Artist award. ( REUTERS )

“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer Cyndi Lauper, who launches a tour with Rod Stewart this summer, told E television network host Ryan Seacrest that women make up 51 percent of the workforce.

“It’s about time we’re paid equally,” said the pantsuit-clad Lauper, highlighting the movement’s focus on gender-based salary disparities.

Kesha (R), Cyndi Lauper (C) and Bebe Rexha (L) perform "Praying." ( REUTERS )

InStyle fashion news director Eric Wilson told Reuters the striking white dresses seen on musicians such as Hailee Steinfeld, Cardi B, Sza and Lana del Rey packed a more effective punch than the ubiquitous roses.

“The white rose as a visual cue is underwhelming in effect in the same way that the music industry’s reaction to this crisis has been underwhelming,” said Wilson.

Hailee Steinfeld arrives at 60th Annual Grammy Awards. ( REUTERS )

But the freestyle fashion spirit of the Grammys means its red carpet is “not about being the best dressed person, it’s about having fun,” Wilson said.

That was certainly the case with singer Pink, who found room for a white rose amid the flurry of fuchsia, electric blue and jet black marabou feathers making up her dress.

Pink arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. ( AFP )

The bosom-exposing bodice of Bebe Rexha’s La Perla gown appeared too scant to accommodate a flower. Rexha opted instead to put her rose on her clutch.

Bebe Rexha arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28, 2018, in New York. ( AFP )

Songwriter Diane Warren, meanwhile, wore gloves worthy of Wonder Woman, with the words “Girl” and “Power” scrawled across each set of knuckles.

The roses were not just for the women. Nominee Khalid wore a white rose on a cool white jacket worn over a turtleneck in chartreuse, while Sam Smith’s flower contrasted with his emerald green suit.

Sting, accompanied by musician Shaggy, looked dapper with a jaunty silk ascot, pink shirt and white handkerchief folded to resemble a rose in the pocket of his black jacket.

Singers Sting and Shaggy (R) at Grammy red carpet. ( REUTERS )

Singer Joy Villa - who made headlines in 2017 with her “Make America Great Again” gown in support of President Donald Trump - made another highly charged statement.

Joy Villa arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on January 28. ( AFP )

Eschewing the white roses worn by others, Villa showed off a white gown hand-painted with the image of a foetus in a rainbow-coloured womb, accessorized by a “Choose Life” purse.

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 10:08 IST