Grief isn’t typically a rational emotion; it’s a raw one. And while many of us sat shellshocked by the deaths of Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and the seven other lives (including three children) tragically lost in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday morning, there was the very rational question of whether the Grammys should even go on as planned on Sunday night; especially in the arena Bryant called home for so many years.
Lizzo Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images for The Recording Academy), Valerie Macon (AFP via Getty Images)
But as it did in the wake of Whitney Houston’s sudden death in 2012, the show—especially a production as massive as the Grammys—must go on, and while fans of Bryant gathered outside the Staples Center to pay tribute, inside, many of the basketball star’s celebrity fans and friends arrived on the red carpet for what was already an evening overshadowed by tragedy.
Speaking for myself, it was exactly the distraction I needed in the midst of the very complicated emotions of the day—at least, for the 400 4 hours of the evening’s telecast.
The much-beloved Lizzo was one of the most nominated artists of the night, as well as the show’s opening act.
Onstage, the “Cuz I Love You” singer continued to stun in true starlet style, serenading the Grammys audience in a crystal-studded black velvet gown by Christian Siriano before giving us a futuristic big finish in an LED catsuit by fetish designer Zana Bayne x Lucid Studio.
Tyler, The Creator, left, and FKA Twigs Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Of course, there was much more to see on the Grammys red carpet, and if you, like me, are still reeling from yesterday’s events and in need of a few happy distractions, hopefully, these photos will provide the time out you need. Take a mental break—and take care of yourselves and each other.