Los Angeles, Jan 27 (PTI) Singer Usher led the tributes to music icon Prince at the 2020 Grammy Awards as part of the Recording Academy's upcoming homage to the late singer-songwriter.
According to Grammys official website, the performance was in anticipation of the Recording Academy's upcoming Prince tribute special 'Let's Go Crazy: The GRAMMY Salute to Prince', which will take place on January 28, and will be broadcast at a later date.
Usher kicked off the three-song performance with a soulful rendition of Prince's 'Little Red Corvette'. He was accompanied by master drummer and Prince's former protege, Sheila E.
They went on to perform other two of the singer's hits 'When Doves Cry' and 'Kiss', which won the Grammy for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals in 1987.
Grammy-nominated singer and dancer FKA twigs joined Usher on stage as she performed a pole dance during 'When Doves Cry.' The tribute to Prince received a mixed response from the fans.
While some praised Usher's singing and FKA twigs' dance moves, others criticised the performance, complaining that twigs was reduced to a side act.
Sheila said backstage that twigs 'didn't want to sing'.
'First she wanted to and then she didn’t want to when we ran through it because she didn’t have a pack and ears, so she couldn’t hear, and would rather have danced, which is what we asked her as well, and she chose not to,' the musician said.
But twigs had a different take on the issue.
'Of course I wanted to sing at the Grammys. I wasn't asked this time but hopefully in the future. Nonetheless what an honour. Congratulations to all winners,' she tweeted later. PTI RDS SHD SHD