LL Cool J has worn a lot of hats over the years. (Most of them Kangol.)
And since he’s reprising his standing gig as host for the Grammys for the third time in a row this weekend, we thought we’d take a look back at how the man known as Ladies Love Cool James has managed to stay relevant over the past three decades. (Hint: it’s the hats.)
The red carpet at a music awards show is often host to the most egregious of questionable fashion choices—mostly because musicians have never been ones to shy from experimentation or making statements.
Which is why we were happy to learn that a few prudent musicians chose to wear Billy Reid—it paid off especially for the Mumford boys as they collected the big award of the night, looking like the sort of guys you’d want to hear crooning with banjos despite their British accents. The other group that wore Billy’s stuff was equally well suited for the task, being fellow Southern natives, the Alabama Shakes. Even their songstress, Brittany Howard, wore a custom-made dress from Reid—lest you forget the man has mastered both sides of the aisle.
Last night, for the first time in recent memory, the Grammy Awards kind of felt relevant. Not for the entire three and a half hours, of course—but one would be hard-pressed to stage a more fitting memorial to the late Whitney Houston than Jennifer Hudson’s haunting, a cappella rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” As for the rest of the Grammys, here’s how we saw it...
The Biggest Winners: Adele, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver The Best Winners: Civil Wars, The Book of Mormon, Louis C.K. The Coolest Winners: Gustavo Dudamel, Levon Helm The Oldest Winner: Betty White Best Moment: B-side of Abbey Road finale by Paul McCartney
If you’ve ever wondered where the indie folk crowd gets those woodsy on-stage suits, we’ve finally got an answer.
Behold Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver. More importantly, behold his new Dunderdon tweed suit, which he’s wearing to the Grammys. (The shirt is Levi’s Vintage Clothing, for the curious.) It’s a halfway point between black tie and “wandering in the woods,” which makes it a pretty good fit.