While Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s track Shallow is nominated for three major awards at Monday’s Grammys (record of the year, song of the year and best pop duo/group performance), an unrivalled star was truly born in 2000; Donatella Versace’s iconic sheer green dress, as worn to the awards at the turn of the millennium by Jennifer Lopez. The plunging design was described as a watershed moment for the designer’s career after the death of her brother Gianni three years earlier. So famous was this piece of silk chiffon that is was soon after immortalised with its own Wikipedia page.
In December 2018 – 19 years after its inception – Versace closed its pre-fall 2019 runway in New York City with the return of the silhouette. It was given a modern update with a colourful heart pattern and the model who first wore it down the runway, Amber Valletta, returned.
The biggest night is music always has something to say on the political, fashion and beauty frontiers. Let’s take a look at an edit of the best.
MICHAEL JACKSON INTRODUCES THE SEQUINNED GLOVE: Winning a record eight Grammys in 1984, Jackson not only took Elizabeth Taylor as his date but revealed his now-iconic sequinned glove to the world.
TAYLOR SWIFT’S 2014 SCORNED PERFORMANCE: It wasn’t the head-banging during the bridge of the song so much as it was the pensive-and-somewhat-bitter stare at the end of it that had the media in overdrive. Was All Too Well directed at past-love Jake Gyllenhaal? This editor says yes.
EMINEM AND ELTON JOHN PERFORM TOGETHER: When Eminem dropped his 2000 offering, The Marshall Mather LP, he was instantly criticised for his “homophobic” lyrics, most prominently by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Come Grammy time, John performed alongside the rapper in Dido’s place silencing critics and hate. His candy coloured printed suit was also everything.
MARVIN GAY [FINALLY] WINS A GRAMOPHONE: After years of narrow misses, Marvin Gaye won two Grammys for his hit Sexual Healing at the 1983 Awards. Tragically a year later, his father, Marvin Gaye Senior, fatally shot his son at their home in Los Angeles. The singer was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by the academy in 1996.
JOHN LENNON IS REMEMBERED: In 1982, two years after his death, Yoko Ono accepts the award for Album of the Year for her and Lennon’s Double Fantasy. Walking up to the stage with six-year-old son, Sean, and producer, Jack Douglas, the audience erupts into applause. “I really don’t know what to say. I think John is here with us today. Both John and I were always really proud and happy that we were part of the human race. He made good music for the earth and for the universe.
ADELE ECLIPSES BEYONCÉ: The Queen held the record for most wins by a female artist for all of two years until the UK’s leading lady, Adele, took to the scene. On this night in 2012, she took away six awards, tying with Beyoncé.
JENNIFER HUDSON’S TRIBUTE TO WHITNEY HOUSTON: Just one day before the 54th Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hilton Hotel room. Jennifer Hudson emotionally performed Houston’s most famed song, I Will Always Love You to a grieving music industry.