Remember back when musicians were like gods, and they wore the most far-out outfits? Well, on the red carpet at the Grammys, it wasn't like that. There was a lot of glamour, but there wasn't a lot of funk.
"It's finally happened!" lamented Joan Rivers. "They now have stylists for the Grammys."
Yes, that makes it boring.
"Thank God for George Clinton," she said. "Thank God for Lil' Kim. She still looked funky and way-out and full of zip."
Hold on, here were some musicians with panache. But who were they?
It was Yerba Buena, the Afro-Cuban hip-hop band from New York (with an emphasis on Afro, Cuban and Hip-Hop, said one member). Andres Levin, "El Padre," wore a red newsboy cap. "El Chino" had crazy dreads, a white suit and a wide chili pepper-pattern tie. Bass player Sebastian Steinberg had a Willie Nelson thing going on with his braided hair. Cucu Diamantes wore a clingy midnight-blue dress (she's their fashion consultant and nutritionist, said Steinberg), and Xiomara Laugart had a crazy big out-there 'fro. It was their first visit to the Grammys, so maybe no one told them they needed a stylist. They looked cool.
TV reporters gossiped that Sting had promised them something good. They seemed disappointed with his navy-blue kilt.