Last night’s 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony had its share of highlights, including stellar performances by Kendrick Lamar (who took home five gramophones), best new artist nominee SZA and Bruno Mars, who swept the top prizes, winning every category he was nominated in for 24K Magic.
Of course, the most nominated artist of the evening was Jay-Z, who competed in eight categories for his confessional album 4:44. The rap mogul was also honored with the President’s Merit Award during the Clive Davis and Recording Academy’s pre-Grammy gala on Jan. 27.
In true Carter-family style, Jay and Beyoncé topped off their all-black-everything weekend by also attending last night’s awards dressed in head-to-toe black. Bey wore an outfit worthy of a film noir femme fatale, in a dramatic hat, sunglasses and oversized earrings worn with a shoulder-baring velvet gown and violet lip. Jay-Z opted for ’70s-era flair, pairing his tux with a turtleneck. Eldest daughter Blue Ivy joined her parents, looking angelic in an age-appropriate white ensemble with a sparkly silver shoe.
The Carters were clearly ready to slay the Grammys, but alas, there were no wins for 4:44, which found itself shut out of every category it was nominated in thanks to Bruno and Kendrick. And perhaps 6-year-old Blue had an inkling that any expectations of winning should be tempered because she provided one of the most memorable—and hilarious—moments of the night when she motioned for her superstar parents to contain their applause.
On any other child, the gesture might’ve seemed obnoxious, but what else to expect from one born into music superstardom, already with her own freestyle on a platinum-selling and multinominated album? This is far from Blue Ivy’s first appearance on the awards circuit, and we can only imagine how she, as the eldest daughter of the empire, rules the roost at the Carter home. But we’ve likely caught a glimpse of the future ...