Tracee Ellis Ross hosts AMAs in outfits by black designers

Tracee Ellis Ross made a statement while hosting the American Music Awards by only wearing clothes by black designers.

The Black-ish star sported 10 different outfits as she returned on Tuesday (09Oct18) to present the ceremony for a second consecutive year.

Tracee collaborated with friend and stylist Karla Welch in order to ensure her wardrobe evoked a message of racial inclusivity, and after introducing some of the performers and nominees in the audience, she explained that the event was “also about clothes” for her.


“I will feature black designers in all of my looks tonight,” she announced to the crowd at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, before joking: “I might finally make it on to the Shaderoom and if you don’t know what the Shaderoom is, it’s the black TMZ.”

Tracee teased that her outfits would have a particular theme before the AMAs took place, telling People magazine that the concept felt special and exciting.

The 45-year-old walked the red carpet wearing a blush Pyer Moss ‘Power Suit’ featuring black lapels, before changing into a navy blue sequin Nicolas Jebran catsuit and floor-length Dapper Dan x Gucci cape to take part in an opening dance routine.

She was also dressed by CD Greene, Shanel Campbell, Sergio Hudson, Claude Lavie Kameni and Cushnie, as well as Virgil Abloh’s Off-White and Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain.

Insecure actress Issa Rae previously adopted the same theme while hosting the CFDA Fashion Awards in June (18), exclusively wearing black designers throughout the evening.

Other fashion highlights of the evening came courtesy of Jennifer Lopez, who wore a plunging pink cut-out gown by Georges Chakra Couture, and mother-to-be Carrie Underwood, dressed in a black velvet dress with gold sequinned detailing. While Taylor Swift, who is now the most decorated female artist in AMAs history, rocked a silver tiled metallic Balmain minidress with matching thigh-high boots.