In a celebration of diversity and creativity, these African stars left an indelible mark on the award ceremony’s red carpet.
By Hope Ibiale
The 2024 Grammy Awards celebrated the pinnacle of musical achievement as well as showcased a richness of diverse fashion trends. African stars were not left out of the fashion conversation as they shone brightly on the red carpet. From daring designs to culturally rich ensembles, these stars captivated audiences worldwide with their unique style and elegance. In a celebration of diversity and creativity, these African stars left an indelible mark on the award ceremony’s red carpet.
South African artiste, Tyla — one of the night’s winners — looked stunning in a custom Versace dress embellished with crystals, while Ayra Starr was the original “fashion killer” in a sky blue dress from JéBlanc. At the same time, Nigerian stars like Asake, Fireboy DML, and Blaqbonez walked the red carpet in beautiful suits that made several Best Dressed lists in various magazines like Variety.
Let’s take a look at the outfits worn by African personalities who graced the 2024 Grammy Awards with their unparalleled charisma.
Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter, Asake, is not new to making fashion statements with his outfits and his Grammy Awards red carpet debut didn’t fall short of expectations. For his debut, the artiste switched his signature palazzo pants for an all-black ensemble.
Aside from delivering a riveting performance of “On Form”, “Sittin’ On Top of the World”, and “City Boys”, at the Grammy Awards, Burna Boy also made a stylish appearance in 3.Paradis AW24 piece. The Grammy award-winning artiste didn’t leave his signature diamond studs and rings as he paired the outfit with diamonds. For his second outfit, Burna wore a black leather suit.
For her first appearance at the Grammy Awards, the South African singer and songwriter appeared on the red carpet in a custom Versace dress. Tyla bagged the Best Africa Music Performance award in a pastel green dress. In the outfit, netted crystals covered her legs and arms, which fashion stylists have compared with a memorable fashion look from American singer and actress, Jeniffer Lopez. The asymmetrical cutout chiffon tie and bell button beautifully showcases Tyla’s love for the trendy Y2K trend. Tyla paired the outfit with a white Rene Caovilla sandal and YESSAYAN diamond earrings.
Nigeria’s “Sabi Girl” Ayra Starr also made her debut on the Grammy Awards red carpet. She walked the red carpet confidently in a stunning custom JéBlanc gown. The singer and songwriter paired the sky blue dress with heels from René Caovilla and dazzling jewellery from Swarovski and House of Fabergé. Her Grammys red carpet debut was put together by Janice Mahenge, while Hairstylist, Sean Fears, styled her hair in a sleek straight weave.
After letting his hair down at the Grammy pre-party, Nigerian artiste and songwriter, Fireboy DML, attended the award show’s ceremony in a black suit. The artiste complemented his look with a flower-imprinted shirt and hair beads.
For the 2024 Grammys Award night, American-Nigerian actress, Folake Olowofoyeku, took to the red carpet in an all-black leather ensemble. The Bob Loves Abishola star also paired the look with beads.
This year should be called the year of black suits and tuxedos. The name is not far-fetched as celebrities like Fireboy DML, Asake, John Legend, Finneas O’Connell, Babyface and Nigeria’s own Davido took to the red carpet in stunning black suits and tuxedos. For Davido, he dazzled in a black tux. However, the artiste’s tux isn’t a regular one as the fine print details and structure add a unique angle to his overall look.
For his debut on the Grammys red carpet, Nigerian rapper, Blaqbonez, wore a sleek black suit. Like Davido’s suit which was accentuated by fine print details, Blabonez’s suit featured a snake design. Thanks to the artiste’s stylist Sebastien Day (Visionary Bash), Blaqbonez has been named one of the best-dressed personalities by several fashion magazines like Variety and many others.
The Minister of Art and Culture of Nigeria, Hannatu Musawa, also graced the Grammys red carpet. The honourable minister donned a stunning black jewelled dress paired with a cape and a green gele. Musawa, who is also one of Variety’s best-dressed 2024 Grammys attendees, showed that government officials can also slay on red carpets.
African producers were not left out of the red carpet show as Nigerian producer, Sarz, also walked the red carpet. The talented producer donned a Louis Vuitton black suit and paired the look with fur and black sunglasses.
The host of the Grammys Awards night, Trevor Noah, wasn’t left out of the fashion glam as he also put his best fashion foot forward. The South African comedian, who was also nominated for his comedy album, I Wish You Would, wore four outfits from Tom Ford. From an all-black shimmering tux to the black and cream tuxedos, Noah was a spectacular host and a fashionista.
Somali-Canadian artiste, K’naan, received the Special Merit Awards at the Grammy award ceremony in a simple black and white suit.
South African artiste, Musa Keys, hit the Grammy red carpet in a black leather suit that featured his signature black sunglasses and black shoes. The outfit’s plunging neckline and Keyz’s overall look make him appear like a sexy gothic character.
South African media personality and rapper, Boity Thulo, a regular attendee of the Grammy Awards ceremony, was a sexy diva in her Brandy dress. The white ensemble accentuated Thulo’s curves.
Nigerian music executive, Alexander Okeke, wasn’t left out of the Grammy red carpet glam as he stepped on the carpet in a stylish suit and traditional fila.
Hope Ibiale is a book and music lover.