No, no, calm down. If you’re a musician I’m not saying you’re a baby. Got your attention though!
What I’m referring to is awards shows. Last night the Junos (Canadian Grammies) were on and all the musicians in attendance either looked they they were going out clubbing, had just arrived from the gym, or had simply thrown on random items of clothing from Jim’s House of Stuff Homeless People Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead In. Bruce Cockburn accepted a lifetime award dressed as if he had jogged five miles to the auditorium. Nelly Furtado accepted four awards wearing an outfit you might wear to go out drinking at a bar in a university town.
Music awards shows are always like that; it’s as if musicians can’t get out of character. They’re about to accept an award in front of million of people and they come in blue jeans or torn up crap. “Divas” occasionally remember to wear evening gowns, though I imagine they wear evening gowns to bed.
Now, you watch the Oscars or the Emmys, and the actors accepting awards almost always wear tuxedos and evening gowns. (Not at the same time.) Most of these people dress like slobs all the time, but when it comes time to receive an award, they manage to throw on something that looks sort of formal.
Why can’t professional musicians at least slap on something half-nice to go to an awards ceremony when actors always manage to at least find a tie?