The Grammy Awards, music’s biggest party, are taking place tonight in Los Angeles. In the year since the awards show came under fire for not representing female artists, the Grammys have restructured the membership and nominations process in an effort to be more fair.
So far, the Grammy’s red carpet has been a muted affair. Camila Cabello, Kacey Musgraves and BTS have all stopped for conversations with Ryan Seacrest. Ms. Cabello, who wore a glittering pink dress, will perform the opening number. “The performance is based off of my grandma’s childhood,” she said. BTS said they stayed up all night before their flight to Los Angeles working on their new album.
In a throwback to the ’90s, The Backstreet Boys arrived together; the group has been nominated eight times before. (This year they are nominated for best pop duo/group performance for the single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”)
Though they have been a famous unit for 26 years now, the band members said they are able to live their lives as normal dads. “We go grocery shopping,” Nick Carter said. “We carpool,” Kevin Richardson added.
Other celebrities we’re looking forward to seeing on the carpet include Janelle Monáe, whose “Dirty Computer” is up for album of the year, and who has shifted away from androgynous suits; Lady Gaga, who, though more conservative in her costuming these days, still brings glamour and style to award shows; and Bad Bunny, the trap and reggaeton singer, who has a propensity for manicures and kitschy sunglasses.
We will also be watching for Donald Glover, who is nominated for five awards including record of the year for “This Is America” and has been known to bring looks in the past.
And of course, we’re watching for Cardi B, who is nominated for five awards and will perform tonight. Cardi B recently appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and inside its glossy pages as a modern fairy-tale heroine. She is not afraid to aim for the heights of luxury, as exhibited by the 30-pound pearl-encrusted dress she wore to the Met Gala last year.
One notable absence from the red carpet will be Ariana Grande.
Ms. Grande tweeted on Thursday that she would not be performing at the ceremony because Ken Ehrlich, the producer of the Grammys, had stifled her creativity and self-expression in limiting what was possible for her performance. (Mr. Ehrlich told The Associated Press that she was not performing because she had not prepared something in time for the show.)
Two music legends are expected to perform during the show and may walk the red carpet: Diana Ross and Dolly Parton. Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner, will be hosting the show. Ms. Keys is a proponent of the no-makeup movement.
Whatever happens, the Grammys red carpet has a history of delivering outrageous sartorial concoctions. It is where Jennifer Lopez debuted her low-slung Versace dress and where Rihanna strutted in a bubble-gum-pink Giambattista Valli puff.
Here’s hoping that this year delivers something equally fresh.