Megan Thee Stallion and Dua Lipa were both anointed with the best new artist Grammy after their breakthrough years, so it only made sense that they would be on hand to give this year’s award to pop’s most recent success story, Olivia Rodrigo, at the 2022 Grammys. They did have one surprise in the bag for the ceremony. The pair came out in matching black floor-length gowns, and engaged in a bit of banter.
“You stole my look!” said Megan as she looked Lipa up and down.
“I was told I had the exclusive,” Lipa joked. “I’m going to have to have a talk with Donatella.”
“Yeah, because I thought I was the Versace hottie,” Megan replied, referencing a line from her song “Outside.”
— Megan Stallion Brasil (@meganstallionbr) April 4, 2022
Then Donatella Versace joined the pair on stage. “Basta, basta, basta,” she said. “Let’s do this, and this.” She then unclipped a part of Lipa’s dress to reveal a jumpsuit underneath. She then turned to Megan and unveiled a shorter body-con skirt under the original dress.
The fashionable moment was, of course, reminiscent of the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards where Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston showed up in the same dress and joked a bit about how they both thought theirs was one of a kind. Carey finished the exchange by ripping a layer of her skirt off, revealing a shorter hemline. It was an apt choice, as Carey herself won best new artist in 1994. (Houston, however, was actually never nominated for the award because her appearance on a Teddy Pendergrass single that had received a Grammy nod a year before she released her debut album.)
Lipa is a brand ambassador for Versace and has appeared in a number of the house’s ad campaigns. On the red carpet earlier on Sunday, Lipa wore a vintage 1992 look by the brand that was once worn by Donatella herself.
Originally published in Vanityfair.com