The Biggest Mistake the Grammys Made (and It Had Nothing to Do with Who Won)
The 2023 Grammy Awards were certainly a night to remember, with plenty of show-stopping fashion looks, meme-able moments and history-making wins. But, there was one performance in particular that didn’t go as planned…and it involved Harry Styles.
On Sunday night, the 29-year-old singer performed his popular single “As It Was” live on the Grammys. While on stage, Styles was joined by a group of backup dancers and they tried to recreate the aesthetic of the music video, where he performed on a moving platform.
However, the musical number received mixed reactions from viewers, with some noticing the dancers were performing out of sync and the vibe feeling off.
And now, the singer’s backup dancers have spoken out to inform us viewers that there was a major mishap happening before our eyes and we weren’t imagining the whole thing.
In a now-deleted IG Story later shared on Twitter, dancer Brandon Mathis spilled all the tea about the messy performance in a candid video. “Y’all are going to be seeing a lot in the media about this performance,” he explained in the vid.
The technical difficulty was the stage spinning the wrong way as soon as they stepped on it [e-1f62d][e-1f62d] PROFESSIONALS cause they still killed it having to change it right at the last second pic.twitter.com/s9OJaEO808
— [e-1f33b]Amber[e-1f33b] (@Ambee789) February 6, 2023
He added, “But what you don't know is that the moment the curtain opened and it was time to perform, our turntable started spinning in reverse. Backward. Freaking all of us out on live television, and there was nothing we could do to stop it.”
Harry Styles made an incredible album.
That Grammy performance was the exact opposite.
— Miles (@milesjbuergin) February 6, 2023
There was another dancer named Dexter, who shared that the performance was absolutely “perfect” during rehearsals. But, when it came time to do it live, all the dancers had to “switch all those patterns around on the spot.”
“Harry did his best to be able to walk and reverse everything while he was singing and reverse his entire duet," Dexter added, per Entertainment Tonight. “Unfortunately, news outlets didn't know what was happening, so they called it lethargic or boring or whatever, but it really was that we're just trying to f**ing stay standing.”
Despite the major malfunction, Styles and his dancers did manage to make it through the performance without the viewers knowing such a big Grammys mistake had occurred. Perhaps this revelation will calm any backlash and negative response on social media. Because hey, accidents happen.
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