Billy Porter's hat on the Grammys red carpet has become a meme
27 January 2020, 16:58 | Updated: 27 January 2020, 17:01
Leave it to Billy Porter to give us a 2020 Grammys meme.
We know when it comes to serving red carpet lewks, we can always rely on Billy Porter to come through with something original. So, of course the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (26 Jan) was the perfect opportunity for Billy to flex his fashion muscles once again.
The Emmy-winning actor rocked a peacock blue bedazzled outfit that consisted of a jumpsuit, bolero jacket and hat. Billy's jumpsuit featured flared trouser legs dripping in crystal fringing and he wore an equally bedazzled matching jacket over the top. The bling didn't stop there though, Billy added a crystal-encrusted clutch bag, choker and jewelled spider bracelet on his wrist.
He finished the look with rhinestone platforms, blue eyeshadow and arguably the best hat we will ever see in our lives. The hat was made of the same fabric that Billy's jumpsuit was made from and featured the same jewelled fringing as his trousers going all the way around the brim. But, it wasn't any old fringing. The fringing moved mechanically like a motorised curtain and, honestly, it was iconic.
It wasn't long until the internet turned Billy Porter's red carpet hat into a viral meme.
Me: I hate drama— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 27, 2020
Also me when there’s drama: pic.twitter.com/sCyKFgnzZK
So relevant to our eating habits it hurts x
the cashier at the mcdonald’s drive thru when i pull up pic.twitter.com/RTLgLhwVRr— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) January 27, 2020
What the Starbucks drive thru cashier sees when I pull up hungover in last night’s makeup and clothes pic.twitter.com/D5NdbfRmEL— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) January 27, 2020
Me when I hear there’s pizza in the conference room— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) January 27, 2020
Me getting ready to reply, “per my last email” pic.twitter.com/ug5QhXwQqd— Kevin Glueck (@kevin_glueck) January 27, 2020
Sadly, can't relate.
rich people’s curtains in the morning when they click the remote on their nightstand pic.twitter.com/E9kmhJZcAW— korey kuhl (@koreykuhl) January 27, 2020
We would probably blend right in, tbh.
Me as a lamp in Beyoncé’s house pic.twitter.com/kuT5YvQz1N— Your Royal Thighness (@TonioSpeaks) January 27, 2020
The library is now open.
When you throwing shade but it’s time to read 👸🏽— The Vixen (@TheVixensworld) January 27, 2020
When Ricky Gervais told Hollywood they were out of touch with the real world this is what he was talking about. pic.twitter.com/LRZNx5jSEA— Lee (@Mculee) January 27, 2020
We live for the drama.
me opening the curtains when i hear my neighbors yellingpic.twitter.com/UGhjeZMIFQ— fairy crust (@fairycrust) January 27, 2020
Me minding somebody else’s business pic.twitter.com/RtKll2uIMF— NAACP Twigs (@turnandstomp) January 27, 2020
Me at my first husband’s funeral when I see my second husband pic.twitter.com/SVqwwu1hJh— Mike T (@majtague) January 27, 2020
Pink every two years when she’s ready to release the same album again pic.twitter.com/BgFTJozpoW— Christian Zamora (@Christian_Zamo) January 27, 2020
Believe it or not, Billy's look was actually inspired by another fashionable Billy – Billie Eilish. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Billy's stylist Sam Ratelle and the hat's designer Scott Studenberg explained how the ensemble came to be. "Billy and Billie Eillish had a beautiful moment on the red carpet at the [American Music Awards] where they both gushed over each other's hats," Sam Ratelle revealed.
"Billie was wearing a Victorian inspired beekeeper bonnet with netting covering her face. After the event, Billy jokingly told me he loved her look but after 30 years of working his way to Hollywood, 'Y'all are gonna see my face!'"
So instead of covering his face at all times, Billy opted to have the crystal curtain motorised. He added: "The crystal curtain stays open, unless you get on my nerves and then I can shut you right out!"