We’ve given the spotlight to all of the attendees who deserved it, but it’s time to wrap up our coverage of the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, the event where the fashion was on FIRE. And by that we mean some of it was hot and some of it was like a dumpster on fire. But not really! The only truly wrong way to dress for the BBMAs is to be dull about it. Now let’s get to judging.
Alicia Keys in Valentino
We think her love of a clean face and her preference for sometimes grandiose fashion doesn’t really blend all that well. And we don’t like the sports bra top at all.
Bad Bunny in Ludovic de Saint Sernin
Those shoes made us laugh out loud. We’d never wear them, but they’re pretty fun. The rest of the look is just okay.
DaBaby in Gucci
We don’t know why the gentlemen preferred heavy textiles and turtlenecks for this event, but we do love this look. It’s fun and cute and it takes a great picture.
Drake in Tom Ford
We want to make fun of him for being so traditional, but damn, that’s a nice suit. He kinda looks like a groomsman, though.
Gabrielle Union in Prada
She looks great (right down to the pedi), but we don’t love the shape of that neckline.
H.E.R. in Christian Dior
If we were her stylist, we’d have given her a racing helmet studded with Swarovski crystals to go with this.
Iann Dior in Maison Margiela (Jacket) and Tom Ford (Vest and Pants)
We… salute and appreciate his commitment to a total look.
Justin Sylvester in Moschino
Fun idea, but that print is just a little too “Golden Girls lanai furniture” to be fabulous.
Kathryn Hahn in Thom Browne
Man. We don’t want to be mean because we love her, but this is not the way to optimize the best press year of your career, dear. She’s best when she really plays up that mane of hair.
Kehlani in Tony Ward Couture
Sure. Okay. It’s the BBMAs.
Lena Waithe in Richfresh
We love the whole country club/Rat Pack vibe of the look. The color combo not so much.
Padma Lakshmi in Christian Siriano
It’s not winning any design awards, but we really can’t argue with the overall effect. It doesn’t look very easy to wear, though. Wouldn’t want to be sitting on all of these little disco balls all night.
Renée Elise Goldsberry in Dundas
This is fun and it feels like a party. This is kind of where we want red carpet fashion to go for a little while. Worry about elegance in 2023.
The Weeknd in Bottega Veneta
Good Lord, he’s dull.
[Photo Credit: Todd Williamson/NBC, Todd Williamson/Getty Images, Rich Fury/Getty Images, Courtesy of Prada]/em>