Donald Glover, Lorde and 6 More Artists Destined to Light Up the Grammys Red Carpet

4:36 PM 11/28/2017

by Sam Reed

Holding out for a Beyonce appearance.

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  • Childish Gambino

    Is there anything Donald Glover can't do? 

    After sweeping the Emmys and the Golden Globes in 2017, the writer/director/actor/musician picked up two Grammy noms (for album of the year and record of the year — not too shabby) for his work under his rapper alias, Childish Gambino

    As if his talent wasn't enough to make us swoon, Glover has impeccable style, too. Who can forget that brown velvet Gucci suit from the Golden Globes? Given his red-carpet track record and his secret weapon, stylist Ilaria Urbinati, we have no doubts he will top the best-dressed list. 

  • Lorde

    Though her red-carpet looks have been more fairy tale princess than pop-goth goddess as of late, Lorde's style can be counted on to be over-the-top. 

    The 21-year-old sported yards of lavender tulle at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards this summer (despite a massive fever) and ethereal pastel ruffles at last year's Met Gala. Onstage, however, she's know for avocado-colored jumpsuits, sparkly bustiers paired with silk wide-leg trousers or Victorian-inspired sheer lace gowns — all styled with her trusty sneakers and spacey up-dos.

    Who's to say what Lorde will wear at this year's Grammy Awards, where she's nominated for album of the year, but with stylist Karla Welch's help, it's bound to be snazzy. 

  • Tyler, the Creator

    It's not often that Tyler, the Creator makes red-carpet appearances (especially not black-tie affairs), so we're not sure exactly what to expect from the colorful rapper. But we know that whatever he wears, it will be bright. 

    Tyler, an adult man who regularly wears cotton-candy-colored floral-print trousers, is privy to Mr. Rogers-approved basics — pleat-front pants, cable knit sweaters, polo shirts and sensible sneakers — done in childlike patterns, often head-to-toe.

    He prefers loud Crayola colors, as evidenced by the motley assortment of clashing hues in his Golf Wang clothing line. If we had to guess, we'd say his favorite color is the rainbow. Perhaps we'll see a technicolor suit?

  • Beyonce

    No, Beyonce's not technically nominated. But her hubby, Jay Z, cleaned up this year with eight noms, so we're willing to bet she'll be strutting the red carpet, too. 

    Do we really need to explain why we're excited for this one? 

  • Julia Michaels

    Newcomer Julia Michaels, who picked up nominations for best new artist and song of the year, has already undergone quite the style transformation since hitting the mainstream scene. She's slowly but surely evolved from billowy boho looks to sparkly and lacy gowns, and finally landed on more avant garde, edgier looks that seem to strike the right balance between pop glam and her more raw roots.

    Considering her onstage style is something more akin to an Urban Outfitters catalog model (think: Dickies coveralls and a tee that shows off her tattoos, or a cropped skate hoodie with mom jeans and sneakers), we're looking forward to seeing Michaels find her fashion footing on the biggest stage of them all. 

  • Lady Gaga

    At this point, we've seen Lady Gaga go through more style transformations than we ever thought possible. Though she tried out the sophisticated glam look for a few months while touring with Tony Bennett and promoting FX's American Horror Story, she flipped the tables again when she arrived at the 2017 Grammy Awards in a barely-there leather look. 

    Most recently, Gaga rocked a '70s style ensemble at TIFF, complete with shiny flares and feathers. Considering the theme of her nominated album, Joanne, we wouldn't be surprised to see the re-emergence of her ten-gallon hat, either.

  • Migos

    Should they find that the music thing isn't working out (though we find that unlikely, considering their best rap album nomination), the boys of Migos could easily find a career in fashion. 

    In addition to the requisite Gucci, which seems to be a rap uniform these days, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have been known to rock everyone from Loewe to Louis Vuitton while onstage. They were some of the earliest adopters of the polarizing Balenciaga dad sneaker, wearing the kicks in concert earlier this summer. 

    Somebody get these boys a fashion contract, stat. 

  • Father John Misty

    Josh Tillman, a folk singer who was rebirthed in 2012 as Father John Misty, is the unofficial leader of an East Los Angeles-bred brand of angst. He's known for shining a light on the ails of a modern digital society with enlightened zingers that are at once dripping with ironic detachment and visceral truth — hence his nomination for best alternative album. An outsider might call him a sexy hipster, and Father John Misty — in character — would likely swivel his hips and crack a smile in response.

    His style is as predictable as you could expect from a thirtysomething self-aware white man of the sort who casually offers house guests (or Los Angeles Times reporters) a cup of pour over coffee spiked with LSD. That is to say, he prefers all black-and-white ensembles, usually with shirts unbuttoned to show off his measly chest hair and some kind of wool coat with an ironically popped collar that doesn't interfere with his shaggy beard or neck scruff. But it's not necessarily what he wears that makes us excited, but rather how he wears it. 

    Do you, FJM.