The Point

The Point

The Point

Award Shows Are More Than The Outfits

(Graphic by Aidan Shen)

Every year, millions of people all around the world flood to watch their favorite celebrities get recognized for the work and talents they bring to the industry. 

Whether it be the Grammys, Oscars, or Emmys, the performances, awards, outfits, and overall drama always draws viewers back. 

The 2023 Grammys gathered over 12.5 million people to tune in, a 31% increase from 2022, proving that these shows are still just as relevant as the first-ever award show in 1929. 

From the time between nominations and award night, millions of people wait on whether a celebrity’s stylist will serve up a hit or a miss and who will win or lose their nomination.

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 Some make the argument that these awards have no real worth, but to the people who participate and watch, these awards are more than just a piece of metal. They’re a symbol of recognizing someone’s talent and hard work. People work their entire lives to be able to stand on the stage and accept the award they’ve always dreamed of. And not just to the winners but also to the viewers, seeing someone you admire win something you know they deserve is just as important. 

Aside from the awards, there are other parts of these shows people watch for, as the outfits, drama, and the drama about the outfits are a significant part of the value of these shows.

With a seating capacity of over 3,000, the Oscars came with a surplus of outfits and stylists to rate and admire, a major reason to watch. Doja Cat’s Met Gala look itself stirred up enough drama for thousands of people to stay engaged with the show. As impressive as that is, this was only one amongst all of the eccentric outfits of that night. 

Apart from the looks, awards, and losses, there’s more that goes into these shows than people realize, things we take for granted. The Recording Academy of the United States leads in preparations, the invites, and the actual awards. The start-to-finish of this process is a full-time job in itself, as it’s in the works for a whole year before we get to see the final product on screen. 

Stylists work with their clients for months, coming up with unique designs to showcase on the carpet. A lot more goes into this than simply buying a dress from Macy’s and showing up to take pictures.

These events are a careful curation of everything we love to see on social media in one place; the celebrities, the outfits, and the drama are what a good “for you” page is made of. And sometimes, a little slap in the face is necessary for some entertainment. 

Thanks Will Smith.

About the Contributor
Zara Deen, Reporter