Who could forget Harry Styles’ Grammy performance in 2023?
Last month, the “As It Was” hitmaker performed his hit song at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, and things didn’t go as planned.
Several of his backing dancers later reported that during the performance, the spinning turntable set they had continuously practiced on during their run-through threw them for a loop when it began spinning in the opposite direction.
Rather than becoming enraged at the stage technician, Harry “phoned the team in charge to make sure they were okay.”
The Grammys’ set designer, Julio Himede, told the BBC’s Eurovision podcast that what happened was “heartbreaking,” because Harry’s preparations were so “polished.”
“I was sitting there admiring how amazing Harry and his dancers were to just run with it and cope with it. To continue the performance live and suddenly think, ‘I have to just go in reverse now,’ is quite incredible.”
Dancer Brandon Mathis said on Instagram:
“What you don’t know is that the moment the curtain opened and it was time to perform, our turntable started spinning in reverse,”
The dancer told Rolling Stone:
“Backwards. Freaking all of us out on live television, and there was nothing we could do to stop it.”
Following that, he talked about the “Don’t Worry, Darling” actor, with whom they had to troubleshoot and dance completely backward.
“Talk about complete professionalism.”
Viewers saw Harry leap off the spinning wheel and appear to fall a little during the performance. Still, he eventually regained his balance when transitioning from the malfunction set to the more solid and non-moving stage.
Another backup dancer named Dexter commented in the comments section about their performance, which was labeled “lethargic,” that studying the choreography for ten days before the concert was unfair due to their difficulties.
He said that the dancers tried desperately to get a stage tech’s attention about the mistake but were forced to improvise and change their dance routine on the fly.
Harry Styles has received nine Grammy nominations and three wins in his career.
The “Dunkirk” star recently won “Best Pop Vocal Album,” “Album of the Year,” and “Best Pop Solo Performance” for “Watermelon Sugar.”
He is One Direction’s first member to be nominated for and win a Grammy Award.