Something much more gorgeous than the grand piano bedazzled in rhinestones on Sunday evening's Grammys stage was the pianist herself. Meet Chloe Flower: the classically skilled pianist who stole the present together with her introduction to Cardi B's efficiency of "Money."
The first shot of the efficiency opened with Flower serving every kind of seems. Dressed in a chic black-and-white robe, her hair pulled again in a slick ponytail, Flower had viewers in awe over her expertise. Some viewers even confused her for Cardi B, who had an identical red-carpet look that evening with a slick coiffure and ruffly robe.
But the 33-year-old composer, author and musician's fierce efficiency immediately turned a social media sensation and had everybody questioning who she was.
During a Q&A with Billboard, Flower speaks about her debut Grammy efficiency, working with Cardi B, and what to anticipate from her sooner or later.
What was it like getting ready for this efficiency?
It was a extremely enjoyable week of rehearsals. Cardi was so good and so candy and actually virtually made me cry as a result of she was so good. Like she wished me to shine. She wished me to have my very own second. She wished me to face out by myself, and that's simply shocking to see an artist be so gracious and beneficiant with the stage.
When you first acquired the information that you'd be performing with Cardi B, what was your response?
I used to be like, "Wait, what? Really?" It was stunning. I couldn't inform anyone about it although as a result of they have been like, "You can't inform anyone." So it was like, "Is it actually going to occur?" So principally, when my Instagram acquired launched to Cardi and her crew, they have been like, "Oh yeah, we would like her." And once they made that call I used to be so excited. I imply it's the type of viewers I've at all times wished to play for, and I do know that sounds loopy as a result of I'm a classical musician, however I've at all times wished to play for an viewers like that final evening. People who simply love music, people who find themselves there to get pleasure from music and to have enjoyable.
You've labored with among the greatest names within the music business, together with Babyface, Celine Dion, Nas and now Cardi B on the Grammy stage. With your background, how does a classical pianist transition into the pop and hip-hop world?
Some of my greatest inspirations rising up in music weren't essentially simply classical musicians. I beloved classical musicians, however they weren't simply pianists. I used to be additionally so impressed by painters and violinists. I used to be an enormous Beyoncé fan very early on. I beloved watching her reside movies and acquired a lot efficiency inspiration from her, the way in which that she simply connects with the viewers. I feel I used to be naturally in a position to have a pop sensibility in the case of writing music. I perceive pop music. So I feel that's the distinction for me as I'm in a position to mix classical with pop as a result of I perceive each genres. I listened to a lot pop music rising up.
When the present opened up, we noticed you, and lots of people thought it was Cardi B enjoying the piano, as a result of your outfit type of echoed what Cardi wore on the carpet. Was that an intentional determination?
No [laughs], that was not intentional. That was simply the way in which that they shot it, I suppose. They wished to start out with the fingers after which transfer as much as the face. It was completely not deliberate. I actually had probably the most superb stylists. ... We picked out probably the most epic gown, after which it ended up not figuring out. And in order that they put me in one thing else after which Cardi got here into rehearsal and was like, "I need Chloe to face out extra and be extra extravagant and be extra couture." So then my stylist confirmed her [the black-and-white] gown, and Cardi's like, "Yes, that one."
What was it like performing whereas Cardi was twerking on prime of the piano? Does it make the job any more durable or distracting in any respect?
Well, it made it even higher! It made me get into it extra. It gave me extra vitality and made issues extra enjoyable. And there was a protecting layer positioned over the piano. It was re-engineered to have the ability to assist the burden of a human physique.
How did you get to make use of Liberace's well-known rhinestone piano?
I've been working with the Liberace Foundation for just a few years now. And so when once I discovered I used to be doing this efficiency, I advised to them, I used to be like, "Hey, you understand that the crystal Liberace piano is far smaller. And it's in Vegas, so it's very straightforward to maneuver. Why don't we use that?" Cardi and her crew beloved the thought, in order that they trucked it over a few days earlier than the efficiency. And that's the way it occurred.
You simply signed to Sony Masterworks -- congratulations on that. What can we anticipate from you going ahead musically?
I'm going to positively be doing extra instrumental covers. I feel I wish to stick with what I've been overlaying. I've been doing instrumental covers of Drake, Adele, after all Cardi and loads of hip-hop artists and type of turning their melodies into classical. So I'll positively be doing that. And then additionally I actually wish to do much more producing as a result of you understand there aren't that many feminine producers on the market, so I hope to do a lot extra of that this yr.
With your efficiency final evening, you immediately turned a viral sensation on the web and possibly gained loads of new followers. What is one factor you need these new followers to learn about you?
I need them to know the rationale that I do these instrumental covers and the rationale that I work with artists is as a result of I actually need my followers, particularly my youthful followers, to wish to be taught an instrument. I need there to be music schooling in each public college and obtainable to each pupil, as a result of I feel that music schooling is as essential as sports activities schooling and as essential as math and science. And so actually my final purpose in doing this work is that I wish to present there's a visible aesthetic in studying an instrument that may be engaging to somebody younger. I need youthful children to demand it from their lecturers and demand it from their college directors.
Watch a snippet of Chloe's introduction to Cardi B's "Money" efficiency on the Grammy Awards under.