FKA Twigs Claims She Wasn't Asked to Sing During the Grammys — but Sheila E. Says Otherwise https://t.co/nNhyJrQguG— People (@people) January 28, 2020
Sheila E. and FKA twigs are telling two different stories about the latter’s involvement in their tribute to Prince at the 2020 Grammy Awards.
On Sunday night, both women joined Usher center stage at the awards show in Los Angeles for a special salute to the late icon. While Usher, 41, sang and Sheila E., 62, joined him on the drums, FKA twigs, 32, danced on a pole before showing off her moves to get the Staples Center audience on their feet.
On Sunday after the Grammys, FKA Twigs responded to questions as to why she didn't sing:
We loved having you. See you on the GRAMMY stage again soon!— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 27, 2020
However, Sheila E. — Prince’s one-time fiancé, and longtime friend and collaborator, — told USA Today after the performance that FKA twigs “didn’t want to sing.”
“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. said. “And she would rather have danced – which is what we asked her as well. She chose not to; she said ‘No, I’m OK.’ “
Sheila E. will also serve as musical director for the Recording Academy’s upcoming concert special in honor of the late icon.
The concert, titled Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, will be performed on Jan. 28 in Los Angeles, with a televised air date in April. Among the artists enlisted to evoke the Purple One are John Legend, Usher, Common and this year’s Grammys host, Alicia Keys.