Barbados biggest export, Rihanna looks stunning in this form fitting sleek black dress that she co-designed with Armani. I love the blond hair, but I am really not feeling this Farrah Fawcett inspired look. Bring back the short pixie haircut Rihanna, long hair is so not you. I love the gold clutch. (Similar available here).
Nicki Minaj reminds me of a rebellious little sister that you either want to sit down and give a good talking to our just yell…Cho, w’happen to yuh? She is super talented, but I have never seen an outfit on her that I actually like. I definitely don’t like this one. Well at least she represented the Trini flag with the red and black, but larks missis, fire your stylist and rewind ‘an come again.
Shaggy is looking really dapper on the grammy red carpet in his black tux but I am a bit distracted by the rosaries. Maybe he wore it as a result of the shadow cast on the event by the loss of Whitney Houston. I love me some Shaggy, not because he looks damn good but specifically because Shaggy is one of the few Caribbean artists who has used their star power to give back to the community. He donated the funds from his 2012 “Shaggy and Friends” concert to construct a 15-bed cardiac intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew, Jamaica. As we say back home, Nuff Respect my yute.
Monty Alexander. I’ll just go on the assumption that like me, you probably didn’t realize that Mr. Alexander is a yaadman. I love that he came out representing Jamaica with the black tux and yellow pocket square. I also love that he wore his medals of order and distinction from Jamaica. In 2000, he was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for outstanding services to Jamaica in his capacity as worldwide music ambassador.
I became a fan of jazz after I discovered Mr. Alexander. I had the pleasure of meeting him and Tony Bennett (I sure did) after his November 2009 Harlem-Kingston Express concert at the Jazz at Lincoln Center series in New York City. (Watch this video, I am in the audience. The lady at 4:00 is mi good up friend, Janice aka Matty Lou). I love his fusion of jazz and reggae and if I could cast a vote for the grammy’s, I would have given it to him. The award went to Stephen Marley.
Congratulations to Melanie Fiona, who actually took the grammys home. I love the tribal print inspired dress. The arrowhead necklace and earrings are Charles Albert pieces. The bracelet is the Charles Albert Alchemia Shine Cuff (available here).
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