In 2020, awards exhibits might not seem like they used to, however rattling if we Black folks aren’t expert at making even the worst yr of our lifetimes (to this point—ugh) look remarkably good (as a folks, we have sadly had centuries of apply). As proof, look no additional than the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards, which on Sunday continued this yr’s run of digital awards exhibits. While the seats at Barker Hangar might have been empty, the show did certainly go on, and gave us a number of—okay, only a few—type moments that bear a bit of additional applause.
Because the People’s Choice Awards are, effectively, for folks, the breadth of classes extends past the typical Best Actor/Actress milieu into extra particular awards like “Best Comedy Act” and “Style Star”—which in fact, is the place we are available.
Zendaya can now add the Style Star award subsequent to her history-making 2020 Emmy, however the younger star did not participate in final night time’s festivities. Instead, the night time belonged to Fashion Icon of 2020 honoree Tracee Ellis Ross—no huge shock to us—however the former model and trend editor-turned Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award-winning actress made positive to remind us the place she will get it from: Her mama, Diana Ross, in fact.
“I’ve to thank the icon herself, my mother, not just for her nice parenting,” Ross stated in her acceptance speech, reminiscing about “the magic” her legendary mom embodied onstage, “however to her type and glamour that launched me to the energy of trend.
We’ve but to get the particulars on Ross’ two trousered outfits for the awards ceremony, however in honor of the event, she handled followers and followers to a retrospective of her lifelong love of trend (together with her modeling years), via an Instagram Story.
Another standout on Sunday night time? Female Movie Star winner Tiffany Haddish, who has clearly been feeling extra-liberated since shearing her hair this summer season. We did not assume she may get sexier than her Halloween homage to model Pat Evan’s Ohio Players album cover, however her slit-to-there floral frock by Prabal Gurung made it clear that “she prepared” to show off greater than her comedic chops.
But maybe the most impactful outfit of the night time was worn by Best Comedy Act winner Leslie Jones, who accepted her honor in a statement-making black-on-black customized pantsuit by longtime collaborator Christian Siriano that was no laughing matter.
“Her printed go well with has the names of misplaced lives and that is our tribute to them,” wrote the luxurious label—and certainly, whereas refined, Jones’ go well with bore the names of Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, George Floyd, and too many different Black lives misplaced to mindless, police-sanctioned violence.
“I actually by no means take the time to say ‘I’m pleased with myself’ trigger I’m all the time like ‘what’s subsequent’ however tonight I’m proud y’all!!” Jones captioned an Instagram post in celebration of her win. “Cause the folks picked me!! THATS FUCKING MAJOR!! I like my followers you might be EVERYTHING!! Thank You!!”
We’re pleased with you too, Ms. Jones. Thank you.