The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday. Some of my favorite musicians like Leon Bridges and Coldplay received a nod or two. Along with the fun of predicting the winners and performers at the live telecast in February, I am curious to see what these artists will be wearing to the music industry’s biggest night.
While red carpet arrivals are usually dominated by the female stars, I hope the guys will make more of a statement this year. Rather than playing it safe, I dare them to be just as bold and creative in their fashion choices as they are in their music.
At this very moment, designers from around the world are throwing their dresses at Adele and Beyonce, hoping to land coveted placements on next year’s best-dressed lists. Meanwhile, the dudes will have the daunting task of choosing which black tuxedo to wear. When did men’s fashion become such a sad lullaby?
Maybe this year will be different. The album cover for Justin Bieber’s Grammy-nominated Purpose features stunning graffiti by street artist Retna. Bieber could turn this artwork into a bowtie and pocket square for the perfect blend of contemporary art and classic style. Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce share a nomination for the song “Freedom”. To celebrate this empowering anthem, Lamar could choose a rebellious look from a lesser known designer to help nurture and showcase new talent in the fashion industry. And from the land down under, Keith Urban is nominated for his song “Blue Ain’t Your Color”. Maybe Urban can assist his fellow country nominees in finding the perfect hue for the evening. Or at the very least, encourage them to retire the cowboy hat.
Grammy winner Miguel, who counts the late Prince as an influence, is a standout in today’s younger group of male vocalists. Much like his “Purple Rain” predecessor, Miguel is striking all the right notes with both great music and great style.
Along with legends like Prince and newcomers like Miguel, the late David Bowie epitomized the thrilling marriage of music and fashion. Bowie, who passed away last January, received a lot of love from Grammy voters this week for his final studio album Blackstar. I would encourage the nominees to take a few pages from the Bowie and Prince guidebooks and add a dash of flair and fearlessness to their red carpet motifs.
All of us, no matter our profession, can stand to be more open in how we approach our wardrobes. That’s what makes SprezzaBox so much fun! Every month is a surprise. There’s an opportunity to be introduced to new brands and products that you might not otherwise have found. Just like that Spotify radio station or the sounds coming from your neighborhood block party, there’s a chance to discover something new! More colors and patterns here; additional accessories there.
Most of us will never quite influence fashion in the ways of The Beatles or Kriss Kross, but we can still be a trendsetter in our own circles of reach. We see time and time again how one SprezzaBox subscriber inspires their fellow co-workers to join us and before you know it, their whole office is looking mighty #dapper.
Whether you’re colleagues, roommates, family or a 2016 Grammy Award nominee, spreading more style around the world is music to my ears!
-Sean S. / The Guide