February 11, 2013 at 12:02 AM
The 2013 Grammys in Los Angeles featured some cool music. The hats that many performers brought to the stage, though, were interesting. Here's a look at the best and worst of the night.
-Host LL Cool J (or, Ladies Love Cool James) rocked a black kangol cap that, while it worked for him, I fear perpetuates the myth that such head wear is something everyone can pull off. We've all seen that guy on the street who's wearing one and looking around at how many people are looking at his hat. Thanks to LL, we'll probably see more of these people. This is not good.
-The Lumineers showed up with their standard retro look, complete with the suspenders and fedoras. I can appreciate such hats in this context. It's part of their act and they just look right with a song like "Ho Hey."
-Every time I see Bruno Mars wearing a trilby hat like the black one he wore on Sunday night, all I can think is how he reminds me of that kid I'm sure we all remember from our respective freshman year dorms. He sat on the hallway window sill and played his guitar all day. Then when he realized no one cared he went down to the lobby. That's Bruno Mars. The guy just tries too hard, something I think is definitely reflected in his hat choices.
-Prince can get away with wearing just about anything, I guess because when your stage name is "Prince," you can pretty much do whatever you want. That hood/suit combo was...something, though.
-Chuck D was sporting a Pirates baseball cap. That will always earn high marks in my book.
-An unidentified guy in the crowd was wearing a floppy hat. Now, I appreciate a good floppy hat as much as the next guy. Really, there's no better dome piece to hit the water with on a bright summer day or to shade your face in the stands at a baseball game. But sitting on the floor at the Grammys? You'd think it would limit your view, right?
Anyway, until next time.