The Grammy Awards’ tribute to Prince Sunday evening left followers with combined emotions.
Nearly 4 years after Prince’s dying from an unintentional overdose in April 2016, the Recording Academy honored his legacy on music’s greatest evening with Usher belting out a medley of the artist’s greatest songs.
Whereas Usher sang alongside to Prince’s best hits, together with “Kiss” and “When Doves Cry,” veteran musician Sheila E. accompanied him on drums and Grammy-nominated singer FKA twigs carried out on a pole and danced onstage.
After the efficiency, followers had been cut up. Whereas some praised Usher’s vocals and FKA twigs’ dance strikes, others criticized the efficiency, upset that Usher was chosen to carry out and complaining that FKA twigs was decreased to a aspect act.
“Usher has slayed the Janet MTV ICON honor, that MJ particular, and now this Prince tribute. He will get nothing however my respect,” @trapcry tweeted.
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“Even Prince can be pleased with Usher tonight,” @ThatEricAlper tweeted.
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Others weren’t loving Usher’s rendition of Prince’s classics.
“Usher this ain’t it. Prince is rolling round in his grave,” @da1don tweeted.
“a prince tribute and the individual you name is usher? I suppose…” @aaliyahbic tweeted.
“It’s a valiant effort, however nobody does Prince like Prince,” @LermanScott tweeted.
“You’ll be able to virtually hear prince up there rolling his eyes proper now yo,” @OfficiallyIce tweeted.
“Seeing Usher give tribute to Prince, simply jogged my memory that there’ll by no means be one other Prince,” @BenBoogie22 tweeted.
FKA twigs responded in a tweet Sunday evening after her efficiency: “after all i needed to sing on the grammys. i wasn’t requested this time however hopefully sooner or later. none the much less what an honour. congratulations to all winners x.”
“She didn’t need to sing,” Sheila E. informed USA TODAY backstage. “First she needed to, however then she didn’t need to after we ran by way of it as a result of she didn’t have a (microphone) pack and (in-ear displays), so she couldn’t hear. And he or she would quite have danced – which is what we requested her as properly. She selected to not; she mentioned ‘No, I’m OK.’ “
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Earlier within the day, FKA twigs’ “Cellophane” misplaced out when the 2020 Grammy for finest music video went to Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Outdated City Street.”
“think about making the choice to not let FKA Twigs sing something in any respect,” @robsheff tweeted.
“FKA Twigs has by no means been much less utilized successfully,” @speriod tweeted.
“So that you’re telling me FKA Twigs is right here to be a backup dancer for USHER??” @JudiceSay tweeted.
“when FKA twigs did that beautiful pole dance however didn’t sing a phrase throughout that tribute,” @moonlightwonbp tweeted with a meme that learn “Allow them to communicate.”
“Not a fan of FKA Twigs being decreased to a pole dancer whereas Usher sings, even when it’s a Prince tribute,” New York Instances vogue director and critic Vanessa Friedman tweeted.
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