Styles and his dancers performed As It Was, one of last year’s biggest hits
Two of Harry Styles’ dancers said they had to quickly adjust their Grammy Awards routine after the stage turned the wrong way.
The former One Direction star performed his single As It Was at the Album of the Year ceremony on Sunday.
The British singer and his dancers played and rehearsed on a giant turntable as it spun in one direction.
But at night it swung in the opposite direction and “drove us all crazy on live TV,” said one dancer.
“The moment the curtain opened and it was time to play, our turntable started spinning backwards, backwards.” explained dancer Brandon Mathis.
“There was nothing we could do about it. After a week of perfect rehearsal of this piece one way, when it’s time to perform it is starting to go the other way and in real time we have to fix the bugs and do a complete piece backwards .
“Talk about professionalism,” he added in his statement on his Instagram Story, which is no longer available.
Two dancers said they had to think quickly when the turntable they were rehearsing on started spinning the wrong way
Styles and some of his dancers pictured getting ready for their performance
One dancer said acting while filming requires a “special kind of balance”.
Her story was picked up by another backup dancer, Dexter Da Rocha, in a since-deleted TikTok post.
“We rehearsed for 10 days to get these beautiful formations down and off the turntable…and Harry did such a good job of adapting to that,” Da Rocha explained.
“All this time we practiced with the turntable counter-clockwise. We did it several times and got to the point where we were in dress rehearsal, it was immaculate and beautiful.
But when the turntable spun the wrong way overnight, Da Rocha said the dancers were trying “to get the technician’s attention” but it was live TV and they “couldn’t shout” so the technician could not see them heard.
“So changing all these patterns on the spot without having walked in that direction… it seems like it would be easy to walk, it’s like a treadmill but I swear to God because they’re circular pull-ups.” it takes you in different directions and it’s a special kind of balance.
Da Rocha praised Styles, saying he “did his best to be able to walk and reverse everything while he was singing and reverse his whole duet, which was amazing.”
Styles, pictured with Grammys presenter Trevor Noah, won two awards including album of the year for Harry’s House
The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, has yet to respond to the BBC’s request for comment.
Styles won two of the six Grammy Awards he was nominated for on Sunday – Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for Harry’s House.
Album of the Year is widely considered the big prize of the night and Styles edged out competition from artists widely considered favorites such as Adele, Lizzo, Coldplay and Beyoncé.
Styles accepted the award saying, “I was so inspired by all the artists in this category with me.
“But it’s important for us to remember that there isn’t the best in music. It doesn’t happen very often to people like me, so that’s very kind, thank you.
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