When Courtney Love traded her “kinderwhore” trappings for an Atelier Versace gown that clung to her like Saran Wrap at the 1997 Oscars, some fans felt betrayed—as though their grunge goddess had sold out. But these days, when a young artist like Billie Eilish shows up on a red carpet in Gucci or Chanel, it doesn’t feel like a corporate co-option of a subculture. Instead, musicians like Eilish, FKA twigs, and Solange Knowles have become innovators—molding designer fashion in their images, rather than bending to some outside idea of it. Of course, music has always influenced fashion, but now the relationship between the two feels less like an extreme makeover and more like a collaboration, with pop stars consistently wearing the most daring, directional looks from the runway. Think of Cardi B in floral Richard Quinn, complete with full face mask, or Eilish in an oversize Burberry check ensemble and
Since June 2001, we have looked forward to the BET Awards each summer. From the thoughtfully chosen hosts to the musical performances and the nostalgic moments where iconic celebs are reunited with their former cast mates (remember that time in 2013 when Nia Long and Larenz Tate stood side-by-side, prompting dreams of a sequel to Love Jones?) or former singing partners, everyone comes together to make us relive good times. It all happens in one place, Black Entertainment Television, the network that celebrates Black excellence in all of its glory.
The BET Awards were where some of your favorite memes were born (like Prince’s side-eye and Whitney’s “thank you” speech) and where fashion trends reign supreme. Hosted by Amanda Seales on Sunday, June 28, this year’s 20th anniversary show will take place virtually. Even in the new pandemic-friendly set-up, it will no doubt deliver unforgettable and powerful