Harry Styles’ dancers were forced to “reverse” their usual live stage performance at the Grammys 2023 after a revolving stage malfunction.
The pop star performed her 2022 hit single ‘As It Was’ at the 65th Annual Awards last Sunday (February 5) in Los Angeles, California.
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Mirroring the song’s official video, the performance saw Styles appear on a rotating turntable with a group of backing dancers. The star also performed a short choreographed sequence atop a moving platform.
Harry Styles’ dancers during the 2023 Grammy Awards took to social media on Monday to reveal that on live television they messed up while practicing on a turntable and started spinning in the wrong direction.
Brandon Mathis, one of the dancers taking part, took to Instagram Stories to reveal that not all went to plan with the performance.
“What you don’t know is that the moment the curtain opened and it was time to perform, our turntable started spinning upside down,” he explained.
The technical problem was that the stage was rotating the wrong way as soon as they stepped on it 😭😭 because of the professionals they killed it even after changing it at the last second. pic.twitter.com/s9OJaEO808
— 🌻Amber🌻 (@Ambee789) February 6, 2023
“Backwards. Fooling us all on live television, and there was nothing we could do to stop it. So after a week of rehearsing the piece exactly like that, the moment he When the time comes to perform, he starts walking. [the opposite] way to.”
Mathis continued: “And in real time, we had to troubleshoot and try to do a complete piece in reverse. Talk about professionalism.”
Choreographer Dexter Da Rocha said that Harry and his team rehearsed the routine for 10 days before the Grammys, “going down these beautiful formations and sliding off the table in a roll-off and just doing this incredible, shaping, cool Made something artistic”. (through rolling Stone).
“The whole time we were practicing turning the turntable clockwise,” he added. “It was difficult and frustrating to make those patterns when something was moving and it was all local awareness.
“In the dress rehearsal, it was beautiful, it was amazing. We come on stage for the performance, the performance starts and the turntable starts going the wrong way.
Da Rocha explained: “Harry did his best to walk and sing and flip everything and flip his whole couple, which is incredible.”
Styles won three Grammys at last weekend’s ceremony: Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (‘Harry House’).
“I’m inspired by every artist in this category, with me at different times in my life,” the star said while accepting the album of the year trophy. “When I’m alone, I listen to everyone in that category.”
He added: “It doesn’t happen often to people like me and it’s great. Thank you very much.”
Harry Styles was then criticized for his latter comment, with some noting his privileged position as a rich, attractive white male.
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