Harry Styles’ Grammys routine went in the wrong direction, dancers reveal

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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Canadian hitmakers vie with some of pop music’s biggest stars for the Grammys

A red carpet view appears before the start of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Jordan Strauss/Associated Press

Pop superstars Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé and Drake may be today’s Grammy winners, but it’s Canada’s behind-the-scenes hitmakers chasing some of the big awards.

While mixer Serban Ghenea isn’t as well-known as the stars he works with, the Romanian-born, Canadian-raised pop magician has been nominated six times this year, including four in the Album of the Year category. as part of the teams behind the Coldplay, Lizzo, Adele and Mary J. Blige projects.

Ghenea also shares a Record of the Year nomination with Blige, where they take on Winnipeg-born mixer Jesse Ray Ernster and the crew who worked on Doja Cat’s Woman.

And producer Boi-1da, born Matthew Samuels, received four nominations, including two for Album of the Year. He holds another for best rap song with Jack Harlow and Drake, one of the famous Toronto rapper’s four nominations for various collaborations.

Bublé’s four-time winner “Higher” is nominated for traditional pop vocal album, while Adams could win his second Grammy for “So Happy It Hurts” in the Best Rock Performance category.

Most of the 91 categories are awarded at a pre-broadcast industry ceremony, which is streamed on the Grammys website. The 65th Grammy Awards will air on Citytv and CBS, hosted by Trevor Noah.

Among the other top Canadian nominees is Montreal conductor and pianist Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who has been nominated five times in the classical categories. And North Vancouver native Tobias Jesso Jr. holds three awards for his work with Adele and Harry Styles, including one for Songwriter of the Year.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 5, 2023.


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