Jehovah’s Sexiest Witness became the Afterworld’s Sexiest Resident in April 2016, and at the next Grammys in 2017, they paid tribute to him with a performance from Bruno Mars and The Time. And at last night’s Grammy Awards, they paid tribute to him again, and while I think every Grammy Awards should have a Prince tribute, I wondered why exactly they were doing one. Turns out, it was an informercial to promote the Grammys tribute concert to Prince that will record tomorrow and air on CBS later this year. Usher is a part of the Grammys tribute concert, so he did the tribute last night, and I give that entire dull glitter mess of a performance 5 out of 5 Prince side-eyes:
And that bland tribute mostly got 5 side-eyes due to Sheila E getting pushed to the back, and FKA Twigs being used as a glorified Usher back-up dancer. And she claims it wasn’t her choice to not sing.
While dressed like the host of a Prince-themed mariachi club, Usher did a medley of Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, and Kiss, and the only things missing were the sound of slot machines, a chain-smoking gambler coughing up their lungs, and the scent of overcooked beef from the prime rib buffet. Because the whole thing was very “Sunday afternoon show at a casino in Laughlin, Nevada.”
FKA Twigs was announced as one of the performers in the tribute, and she did rule the pole with her HIGH ART stripper skills:
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 27, 2020
I was hoping that she would follow that up by letting out her signature Ambien croon to The Beautiful Ones, or something, but instead of doing that, she just got up on Usher like Diamond and Pearl’s long-lost cousin Feathers.
— Lista Preta (@listapreta) January 27, 2020
When people complained about FKA Twigs staying silent in the Prince tribute, she claimed on Twitter that she wasn’t asked to sing:
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
— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) January 27, 2020
Sheila E told USA Today after the performance that it was FKA Twigs’ choice to not sing:
“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.’ “
So who is telling the truth?! I’m going to need both of them to address this controversy with a performance-off to Controversy. And yes, the fact that this lukewarm backstage scandal is more exciting and dramatic than Usher’s Prince tribute says everything.