1. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah’s coiled quarantine afro. Its thickness in enviable, yet is it just me or is Noah morphing into The Weeknd?
P.S. Shout out to his barber’s curl sponge.
2. D Smoke and DaBaby
The brothers bringing their mothers to the show. Shout out to D Smoke with Ms. Jackie Gouche-Farris and DaBaby with Ms. Linda.
King Beyonce. Queen Bey. The tears from her winning achievement were heartfelt. The fit and curves in the dress said that Blue Ivy, Rumi and Sir’s mama is a grown woman. We are glad to see Beyonce evolve into her next era. She’s in her Diana Ross stride circa 1982.
4. Doja Cat
Both Doja Cat’s performance and outfit were pop hits. Perhaps the latter was a nod to Janet Jackson’s famous “What’s It Gonna Be” outfit or simply a play on a cat woman with her litter a la Eartha Kitt.
When ya favorite contemporary producer wins two Grammy awards, all you can do is celebrate on your couch from a far. Go Kaytranda!
6. Tiara Thomas
The beautiful Fulani braids on Tiara Thomas – co-writer and winner of H.E.R.’s Grammy-winning song “I Can’t Breathe”.
7. Big Sean
Big Sean channeling icon Sammy Davis Jr. effortlessly – probably because it’s his true style. I know Elijah Kelly is a shoo-in, but can Sean be his understudy in a Sammy Davis Jr. biopic if it ever, finally happens?
8. Megan Thee Stallion
Megan Thee Stallion won all night, and so did the back of her dress. We like bows over here.
9. Silk Sonic
Silk Sonic is the world’s newest favorite duo. I’ve been waiting on this collab since I saw a photo of Bruno, Nile Rodgers and Anderson in the studio back in 2017.
10. Black Pumas
To watch Black Pumas front man Eric Burton get into the spirit on stage was a reminder that good showmanship is a spiritual thing. Oh, and I really didn’t mind that the design for the band’s image is of black pumas aka black panthers and was front and center for all of America to see.
Dual winner H.E.R. won the night not only for her song “I Can’t Breathe”, but her look won as usual. She gave us free-spirit with a touch of subtle silver and shine.
12. Mickey Guyton
Although we collectively focus on “firsts” way too much, Mickey Guyton’s nomination and performance were apropos for the event. As a Black woman who specifically sings country music, Guyton is in a historical position of reclamation within the genre (and at least recognition). The Majority of Country music listeners didn’t like Beyonce stepping into their perceived ownership of it, but Guyton is already emersed in it. They may not have wanted to listen to Guyton’s music since her debut, but now that she was exposed to the Grammy audience and more Black people, she should see wider recognition.
13. The production.
Trevor Noah’s illustrious afro and velvet suite, a socially distant audience, Silk Sonic’s performance featuring Anderson.Paak’s heart-shaped rhinestone glasses and the brother on the production team working it out.