The Grammy Awards is the biggest night in music, but it’s also the most anticipated fashion events of the year. HipHollywood was at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where some of music’s biggest stars hit the red carpet baring cleavage, legs and in some cases, close to nothing.
Some of the best looks included Jennifer Lopez, who stunned in a gorgeous soft violet Ralph and Russo gown and Paris Jackson who turned heads in a multi-colored cut-out Balmain jumpsuit.
As for the worst, there was one singer who made headlines for her controversial statement gown. Folks on the red carpet spontaneously gasped when Joy Villa stepped onto the carpet in a blue gown with the words “Make America Great Again” written across it. The bottom of the dress was embroidered with the word: “Trump.”
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry also seemed a bit disheveled — Perry with her ill fitting pink dress and Gaga with her barely there, cleavage baring mess of an ensemble.
But quite possibly the most odd of them all, CeeLo Green, who arrived painted in head to toe gold.
Who were some of your favorite looks of the night?
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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