DUBAI: Since its inception in 1959, the Grammy Awards has continued to deliver memorable red carpet moments from the industry’s most revered musicians, many of which have been powered by design talent from the Middle East.
The 62nd edition of the annual awards ceremony, which took place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday, was no different.
British-Pakistani actress Jameela Jamil stepped out on the red carpet to support her partner James Blake, who was nominated for Best Alternative album, and for the occasion donned a metallic blue gown by Lebanese designer Georges Chakra. The strapless shingle-layered design was plucked from the Beirut-born couturier’s Fall 2020 couture collection. The statement ballgown featured mesh paneling on the skirt and she paired it with lace-up heeled boots. To further amp up the glamour, the “The Good Place” star complemented her bold gown with a matching swipe of sapphire eyeshadow.
The 33-year-old wasn’t the only well-heeled attendee to choose a design from the Lebanese fashion house during the awards show, however.
YouTuber Lilly Singh arrived on the red carpet wearing a chartreuse-colored, one-shoulder gown from Georges Chakra, which she accessorized with a transparent clutch filled to the brim with Skittles to share with reporters and photographers on the red carpet, because “sharing is caring,” as she wrote on her Instagram Story.
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The energy on the #Grammys red carpet was heavy tonight. But a reminder that we should celebrate life and never take anyone or anything for granted. I’d like to thank all the creatives for sharing their art with us tonight. And personal thanks to my glam team for making me feel magical. Complete with a clutch full of Skittles to share
Elsewhere, regional designers also found a fan in actress Issa Rae, who took to the stage wearing a gold, plunging, animal-print gown by Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad to present Tyler the Creator with the Best Rap Album award.
Hosted by Alicia Keys, this year’s Grammy Awards show opened with a tribute to basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash earlier in the day and whose Los Angeles Lakers team is based in the city’s Staples Center, which was the venue for this year’s Grammy Awards.
“We are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” said Keys. “We never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this.”
Teen sensation Billie Eilish swept the awards ceremony, winning all four top prizes including best new artist. R&B star Lizzo won three of her eight nominations, while country rapper Lil Nas X took two for his viral “Old Town Road” collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus.