The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards paid homage to Prince last night with a tribute performance fronted by American singer-songwriter Usher.
News of the tribute broke in the run up to the ceremony, where Cheltenham-born artist FKA twigs announced in an interview on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show that she would be performing alongside percussionist Sheila E. and Usher on the night.
However, some fans were confused to see the British creative taking a more passive role than expected which involved her pole-dancing towards the back of the stage for the majority of the performance without utilising her show-stopping voice.
Twigs has previously shown off her elegant pole-dancing skills in the music video for ‘Cellophane’ as well a variety of live performances that has gone to show the sheer-extent of her artistic capabilities. Yet her Twitter post following on from the event left people wondering if she had been pushed back by the organisers.
“Of course I wanted to sing at the grammys. I wasn’t asked this time but hopefully in the future. None the less what an honour. Congratulations to all winners x”, she wrote.
Contradicting what twigs had said, Sheila E. told USA Today, “she didn’t want to sing”.
“First she wanted to, but then she didn’t want to when we ran through it because she didn’t have a (microphone) pack and (in-ear monitors), so she couldn’t hear. And she would rather have danced – which is what we asked her as well. She chose not to, she said ‘No, I’m OK.’ ”
The performance got a mixed bag of reviews on social media in its aftermath, however ran smoothly overall and was received well in front of the live audience on the night.