On red carpet, Grammys stars don white roses in solidarity with women

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Luis Fonsi and Agueda Lopez arrive for the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday, in New York. (AFP)
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Miley Cyrus arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday, in New York. (AFP)
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Alessia Cara arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday in New York. (AFP)
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Cardi B arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday, in New York. (AFP)
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Camila Cabello arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday, in New York. (AFP)
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Kesha (C) performs with Bebe Rexha, Cindy Lauper, Camila Cabello, during the 60th Annual Grammy Awards show on Sunday, in New York. (AFP)
Updated 29 January 2018

On red carpet, Grammys stars don white roses in solidarity with women

NEW YORK: Even the most outrageous outfits of feathers 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 show of support for victims of sexual harassment and the Time’s Up movement spreading from Hollywood to the music industry.
Lady Gaga, nominated for best pop vocal album for “Joanne” showed up in a dramatic, Goth-inspired midnight black gown with a high Victorian collar and sparkling lace. Perched high on her shoulder was a demure nosegay of white rose buds.

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.”
“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 Lauper, highlighting the movement’s focus on gender-based salary disparities.
Singer Pink even found room for a white rose amid the flurry of fuchsia, electric blue and jet black marabou feathers making up her dress.
The bosom-exposing bodice of Bebe Rexha’s La Perla gown, appeared, however, to have no room to accommodate a flower. Rexha opted instead to put her rose on her clutch.

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.

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


Partial list of winners in top categories at the Grammys

A partial list of winners in the top categories at the Grammy Awards, announced Sunday by The Recording Academy.
— Best new artist: Alessia Cara.
— Best solo performance: “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran.
— Best pop duo/group performance: “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man.
— Best traditional pop vocal album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists.
— Best pop vocal album: — “Divide,” Ed Sheeran.
— Best rock album: “A Deeper Understanding,” The War on Drugs.
— Best alternative music album: “Sleep Well Beast,” The National.
— Best rap album: “DAMN., “Kendrick Lamar.
— Best rap song: “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar.
— Best rap performance: Kendrick Lamar.
— Best urban contemporary album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd.
— Best R&B album: “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars.
— Best R&B performance: Bruno Mars.
— Best R&B song: “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars.
— Best dance/electronic album: “3-D The Catalogue.”
— Best country album: “From A Room: Volume 1,” Chris Stapleton.
— Best jazz vocal album: “Dreams And Daggers,” Cecile McLorin Salvant.
— Best jazz instrumental album: “Rebirth,” Billy Childs.
— Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “La La Land.”
— Best music video: “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar. ___

Homemade ‘Nikes’ give Filipino athlete a golden edge

Updated 14 December 2019

Homemade ‘Nikes’ give Filipino athlete a golden edge

  • Filipino schoolgirl Rhea Bullos bags three gold medals at an athletics competition without wearing shoes
  • Schoolgirl had her feet wrapped in tape and iconic Nike ‘swoosh’ logo drawn on them

MANILA: To some athletes, brands count for everything when it comes to performance.
Filipino schoolgirl Rhea Bullos bagged three gold medals at an athletics competition this week without wearing shoes, opting instead to wrap her feet in tape and draw an iconic Nike “swoosh” logo on them.
Bullos, 11, was one of several on her team of 12 athletes who made their own footwear because they had only two pairs of running shoes among them at the competition in the central province of Iloilo.
Trainer Predirick Valenzuela said Bullos showed her raw talent after taking up athletics only a month ago. A pair of running shoes could make a big difference in future, he said.
“Winning three medals in a competition like that is difficult, but she did it,” Valenzuela said by telephone from the central province of Iloilo.
“It’s every athlete’s dream to wear spike shoes,” Valenzuela added. “Not necessarily Nike, as long as they have decent shoes to be able to compete.”