Two stars are telling different stories about FKA Twigs’ involvement in the 2020 Grammys tribute to Prince on Sunday night.
On Sunday evening, Usher, British singer FKA Twigs and Prince’s long-time collaborator (and one-time fiancee) Sheila E. took the stage to honour the late music icon. While Usher covered hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Kiss” with Sheila E. on drums, FKA Twigs showed off her dance moves on a pole during the performance.
Having the singer-songwriter on stage just to show off her albeit impressive dance moves, had the Twitterverse questioning her involvement as an “Usher backup dancer.”
Following the tribute, FKA Twigs took to Twitter claiming that she “wasn’t asked” to sing during the Prince performance.
However, backstage in the press room following the tribute, Sheila E countered that, saying FKA Twigs “didn’t want” to sing because wearing the microphone pack would hinder her dance moves.
“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,” Sheila E. explains backstage in the video below. “And she would rather have danced – which is what we asked her as well. She chose not to; she said ‘No, I’m okay.'”
Neither Grammys producers nor reps for Sheila E. or FKA Twigs have commented on her involvement in the tribute.