The 2023 Grammy Awards broadcast opened on the Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny, who led a procession of colorful-skirted bomba y plena dancers while carrying an exceedingly frequent outfit: a plain white T-shirt tucked (no belt) into a pair of light-weight-clean, hip-bone-higher-rise denims, with white tennis shoes and a backwards snapback hat. Listed here he was, the most-streamed artist on the earth onstage on Music’s Greatest Night™, and viewers at residence on Twitter ended up reveling in how he appears just like me fr, except, perfectly, sexier.

Afterwards on in the evening, Poor Bunny improved into a beautiful fit to accept his Very best Música Urbana Album trophy—but he kept his curls tucked beneath a darkish green Los Angeles Dodgers fitted cap, which he also wore backwards, Fred Durst-design and style. (The initial brown snapback, for individuals curious, was a piece of exclusive merch from a live performance he put on in PR back again in 2021.) And Benito’s wasn’t even the only Dodgers New Period hat to grace the stage final night time: Ideal Rap Album winner Kendrick Lamar repped his hometown staff in a personalized cap coated with silver brooches, which he paired with a breezy Martine Rose shell jacket, gray slacks, and Nike x Martine Rose Nike Shox.

Absolutely sure, Steve Lacy, in a switchblade-sharp Saint Laurent suit and pointed heels, may have been the singular best-dressed guy of the night, but the staunchly standard menswear set the tone—which tells us that not a significant-ticket awards present like the Grammys is immune from the truth that nice, standard clothing have come to be the major factor in menswear. Even Album of the Yr winner Harry Styles, who strike the purple carpet in a plunging, harlequin-print jumpsuit (a zany, if sexless, staple of his latest tour wardrobe), adjusted into a rather relaxed cropped Gucci tux jacket and tan trousers mid-demonstrate. For a second there, I believed (hoped?) that surprise presenter Billy Crystal, perhaps in homage to Harry Burns, had paired his velvet fit jacket with darkish-wash denims. (They had been slacks.)

Some went the “quiet luxury” route: Best New Artist nominee Omar Apollo strike in carpet in a leather-based blazer worn open up over an unbuttoned striped shirt and a white tee, with blue denims and hefty black shoes—a luxe outfit only if you know that it is head-to-toe Bottega Veneta, and the tee and jeans are basically produced of printed leather-based. The four-piece Baltimore hardcore band Turnstile, even when flexing some critical designer makes, built the groundbreaking go of hunting like they wore whatsoever they needed to their collective Grammys outfits integrated a pair of Bottega culottes, Brain Useless wooden clogs, an Our Legacy vest, and a vintage Negative Brains tee. 

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Meanwhile, GloRilla collaborator Hitkidd took factors a phase even further in close to-cosplay normcore: blue denims, tan jacket, purple striped tie, and a “Hitkidd for President” trucker cap. (Turns out, the producer wore a related outfit to the Guess Hip Hop Awards back in September.) 

Even as celebrity menswear has turn out to be a no-policies game, putting on ordinary-seeming clothing to a higher-profile celebration nevertheless tends to make a statement—doubly so when that function is the Grammys, an awards display often hilariously out-of-move with the tradition of pop new music. There is a little something about putting on denims and a white tee that, moreover looking cool and informal, speaks to the idea that when you’re doing “Bad Bunny quantities,” there are job achievements more exciting than racking up trophies.