In solidarity with Tarana Burke's #MeToo movement, most of the biggest stars of the evening showed up either wearing or carrying white roses -- host James Corden, Pink, Rita Ora, Kelly Clarkson, Sarah Silverman, Camila Cabello, Trevor Noah, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Zayn Malik, and Anna Kendrick, to name a few.
Other, braver souls -- including Lana Del Rey, SZA, Cardi B, Sam Smith, Childish Gambino, and Hailee Steinfeld -- took the plunge and arrived dressed completely in white.
What was less talked about, and less obvious than the color theme of the evening, was the extraordinary lack of skin on display during the performances by female artists. It couldn't have been a coincidence. We have grown accustomed, year after year, to seeing female artists in leotards, skimpy two pieces, and outfits that leave little to the imagination.
This year, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus both opted to wear full gowns for their performances. The women of Little Big Town were covered from neck to toe (in a full-length white coat, and silver, long-sleeved dress, respectively). Pink wore slouchy jeans and a loose-fitting white T-shirt. SZA wore a white shredded basketball tee and gigantic jeans. Rihanna wore a corseted dress that did show a lot of left leg, but in Rihanna terms, it was pretty conservative.