Unless you’ve been living under a rock this weekend, you’ll know that the music world’s biggest event, The Grammy’s clashed head to head with the British Academy Film and Television Art awards…
Whilst the 57th Annual Grammy awards were taking place the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the BAFTA’s were unfolding at the Royal Opera House in London. Despite being two worlds apart, the festivities celebrated the greatest of this year’s film, television and music offerings. Both star-studded events which are sure to make this weeks’ headlines battled it out on the Red Carpet and on-stage in a clash of big-name celebrities, tearful acceptance speeches, backstage drama, surprise triumphs and of course, best fashion looks.
At B Sunglasses we just couldn’t decide which one to watch so we watched both. When it comes to comparing ‘Who Wore What?’ and ‘Who Wore It Best?’ who will walk away with the reigning Red Carpet look and who do we reckon stood sobbing at the after-party? Let’s take a look
The Ceremony and Winners
First up, the Grammy’s were of course going to be a little more colourful than their up-coming cinematic counterpart. With rappers, pop-stars and Lady Gaga present, we were braced for a night of outlandish outfits, musical showdown’s and interrupted acceptance speeches. However, things were a little more serious and subdued this time round with performances from Usher (in tribute of Stevie Wonder), Katy Perry and Beyonce taking a grown-up sombre tone. An ethereal Beyonce joined John Legend for a soulful version of the gospel song ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord‘ only to finish the night with Legends’ Golden Globe winning track ‘Glory’ from the Martin Luther King biopic Selma. Sia also took to the stage to perform Chandelier in which her energetic dancing counterpart Maddie Ziegler blew everyone away on-stage. Comic actress Kristen Weig even made a cameo to perform alongside Maddie who famously donned a blonde wig and nude leotard for the moving music video. Sam Smith was the big winner of the night walking away with four awards in total including Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Stay With Me’. Beck also surprised by winning Best Album prompting Kanye West to ‘do a Kanye’ and hop onstage. Of course, Yeezy was only joking and walked back to his seat laughing before he even had a chance to get to the podium…however Jay-Z’s face in the audience was priceless!
The overall look of the evening was glitz and glamour. Rihanna, who is usually seen wearing very little in her music videos wowed in an enormrmous fuschia Giambattista Valli dress whilst Gaga herself – the woman who once wore a dress made entirely of her meat, ditched her cuts of sirloin for a shimmery silver Brandon Maxwell dress in a look reminiscent of Jessica Rabbit. Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and Kelly Osborne also kept it tasteful and glamourous with sparkles whilst Anna Kendrick, Charlie XCX and Sia went for sleek suits – though Charlie XCX’s did have a fun bubblegum twist! Other stunning looks of the night included Miley Cyrus who flashed only a teeny amount of flash with cut out panelling – makes a change!
Find the full list of winners here
A slightly more refined affair, the BAFTA’s saw the Golden Globe crowd make their way to London for a night filled with celebration for a wonderful year in cinema and television. Despite the rather out of place opening performance by Kasabian, the evening saw a ‘British invasion’ with Stephen Fry hosting and the likes of Keira Knightley, Bennedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones and Tom Hiddleston in attendance. Julianne Moore who looked effortlessly stunning in a red Tom Ford dress picked up Best Actress for ‘Still Alice‘ whilst Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting for her role in Boyhood. Boyhood director Richard Linklater also coveted the Best Director prize whilst Wes Anderson’s quirky and visually resplendent comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel bagged the most awards including Best Costume, Best Production Design, Best Original Score and Best Screenplay.
The real highlight of the evening was Eddie Redmayne’s victory as Best Actor. Redmayne who was hotly tipped as one of the up-and-coming zeitgeist of British actors – has well and truly earned his stripes for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything. The physically and creatively challenging role has recently propelled he and his co-star Felicity Jones into stratospheric stardom with the pair each tipped for an Oscar later this month. Hawking himself even attended to show his support for the film and even cracked a joke at the expensive of host Stephen Fry.
Felicity Jones, who looked beautiful in a Dior couture gown described Hawking as ‘the only person more intelligent than Stephen Fry‘ to which Hawking added ‘And better looking’ .
Find the full list of winners here