The 2016 Grammys applauded artists like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar, as well as showcased the usual stunning music performances. However, there were several attendees who stole the show for a very different reason.
There was much to enjoy on Monday night – including performances from Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber – however, there were also some small detraction. Heralded by Fairfax Media as one of the best dressed, as per the report of Sydney Morning Herald, Adele wore her staple black gown but her performance of “All I Ask” came under criticism. According to Washington Post, Adele’s “flat” delivery ignited a Twitter flurry that debated lip-syncing and auto tune, but the beloved star later cheerily tweeted that “shit happens.”
Meanwhile, American songstress Manika – star of singles “How Can I Love and I Might Go Lesbian” – arrived in a transparent dress atop jewelled bikini, dubbed by UK’s The Mirror as “the most attention-seeking dress ever.” Arthur Christine designed Manika’s outfit, reportedly motivated by the singer Cher and her home city of Vegas. Manika later tweeted several photos boasting her revealing attire, and prompting wide-spread criticism. One commenter has slammed her for being “a terrible role model for young women.”
Lady Gaga’s Grammys outfit also deserves a special mention. In tribute to the recently deceased music icon David Bowie, Lady Gaga donned an outfit inspired by his “Life on Mars” look. She wore a floor length, blue gown, which was heavily embroidered and featured a split up the front, according to the Mirror. She enhanced the look with matching blue eye-shadow, bright orange hair and red platform heels.
Lady Gaga, who recently had David Bowie’s face tattooed to her torso, delivered the most talked about performance of the 2016 Grammys, according to Facebook. The star also released a video prior to her performance, which depicted her weeping as her makeup was touched up.
Taylor Swift walked away with Album of the Year and also memorably called out critics in her acceptance speech – with possible reference to Kanye West suspected. She too was praised as one of the best dressed, donning a striking orange and pink combo.