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At The Grammy's, A Silent Night For Fashion

There were three sequined blazers at the Grammys last night, and that’s about as exciting as the fashion got. For an awards show that is second to the Met Gala in terms of its red carpet prowess, the biggest night in music fell short in hitting — or surpassing — the bar set by its attendees each year. Though the performances hit the mark, the pre-show, which is supposed to be just as fun as the main event, was scarce, with stunners Beyoncé and Rihanna skipping the photo op altogether. A friendly reminder: This is the Grammys we're talking about. So, what happened?

For starters, the absence of those whose Grammy looks tend to stop time was felt hard. And without their presence, any and all pre-show buzz fell flat. Those who did show up played it safe — and in our opinion, to wear any old gown is a real missed opportunity. Then there's the fact that all of this could be — and very likely is — a reaction to the politicization fashion, and the question of whether, white roses and pins included, you can really fit a lifetime of the abuse of power into a single dress. With models beckoning their voices on social media and calling out photographers who've been accused of misconduct and sexual abuse, and designers adding their voices to the Time's Up and Me Too movements, the red carpet has started to look a whole lot different. And not just because Harvey Weinstein is no longer involved.

In Grammy's past, we've seen Lady Gaga show up in an egg, CeeLo Green introduce Gnarly Davidson (we're still not quite sure what to make of that one), Rihanna remind us that loofas can be fashion, too, J. Lo make fashion history with a single Versace dress, Nicki Minaj channel a leopard from head to toe, and so much more. For an awards show that changes the careers of musicians far and wide, it's prime time for an artist and their stylist to forego the fashion rules and get weird. But last night, the oddest thing to hit the red carpet was worn by someone who wasn't even nominated.

The harsh reality of all of this may be something that's been in the back of our minds all along: Does anyone care about fashion anymore? In no way is the industry dead — in fact, there's promise of a new beginning just around the corner. However, the clock is ticking on whether or not social justice will turn out to be a trend, or something that actually changes things for good. And until then, we're holding onto the style moments we consider to be stand-outs, and anxiously awaiting the days David Bowie tributes and Little Red Riding hood capes re-become the norm.

Lorde's choice to sew the inspiring words of neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer into her dress was one of the clearest, and most obvious, Time's Up tributes of the night.

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images.

In addition to Kesha, who wore a Nudie suit that was once worn by Nudie Cohn himself, the men of Midland brought the Wild West to the red carpet — and they looked damn good.

Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

In custom Adam Selman — that took over 275,000 crystals to create — Rihanna lived her best life. Earlier in the night, she appeared in a custom Alexandre Vauthier trench coat that we couldn't get over.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.

Cardi B, who quite frankly looks good in anything, wore custom Moschino for her performance with Bruno Mars. Let's just say: It was the '90s throwback we didn't know we needed.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Fresh off the heels of his retirement announcement, and with it a 300-show farewell, Elton John began a fashion tour of his own: an entire tour wardrobe of custom Gucci.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

Thanks to Cyndi Lauper, and many more, white roses were the night's boldest fashion statement.

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

Songstress Andra Day wore custom Victoria Hayes, which felt was just epic as if Patsy Stone would have worn it herself.

Photo: Lester Cohen/Getty Images.

In an act of solidarity, everyone from Bebe Rexha to Camilla Cabello and Julia Michaels wore white, a color frequently worn by American suffragettes while participating in demonstrations or marches for women's rights in the early 1900s.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

She may not have shut down the carpet — we'll forgive you for that later, Bey — but Beyoncé didn't disappoint in a black Nicolas Jebran getup. It's not confirmed that she wore all black throughout Grammy week to support the Time's Up movement, but we'd be just fine if she wore all black for the rest of the year.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

Not that Bruno Mars needs any more awards after winning several throughout the night, the "Finesse" singer does get points for this glitter jacket by Margiela.

Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Image.

And finally, from the fashion chameleon herself, Miley Cyrus brought designer Zac Posen out to get credit where his credit was due. It was the only legitimate fashion moment we saw all night.

Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.

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