Cardi B tore up the Grammys stage with an epic showgirl-inspired performance of her latest hit, "Money." The nominated rapper wowed the crowd in her own right, but the unsung hero of her set was her fiercely talented pianist, Chloe Flower.
The musician had the Internet talking after she started off the performance with a dramatic solo on a rhinestone-covered piano and continued to rock out on the keys throughout the song.
"It was one of the most fun performances I’ve ever had, I’ve never felt such energy," Flower tells BAZAAR.com via email. "Tanisha Scott, Cardi’s creative director really gave me the confidence to be myself on stage, but in a bigger and grander way. She really helped me with the opening, telling me to follow the camera and really work it in a way that felt natural to me, and also told me to be 'bigger' and 'move in my own zone,' regardless of what the dancers were doing. Her guidance was pivotal allowing me to engage with the audience and go full on in my performance."
Her style was also on point, as she donned a voluminous off-the-shoulder gown by Fouad Sarkis and an elegant ponytail at her seat. (She was styled by Brookelyn Styles.) Cardi might've slain in her animal print jumpsuit and feathers, but Chloe Flower did not go unnoticed.
"There was definitely a lot dialogue about the wardrobe because everyone on Cardi’s team already knew how passionate I am about fashion," Flower explains of her stage look. "So they were great always asking if I felt comfortable, and genuinely cared how I felt about the looks, Cardi included. I really appreciated that."
The classical pianist signed to Def Jam Records in 2011 has already worked with big names in music like Babyface, Nas, Swizz Beats, Timbaland, and Celine Dion, Entertainment Weekly reports. In fact, according to her Twitter, the Liberace Museum lent her the iconic musician's glass piano (and she seriously shreds on it).
I am SO HONORED, the @LiberaceMuseum has loaned me Liberace’s famous glass piano! Huge thank you to them for making this happen! Today, I’m performing a Chopin Nocturne exclusively for you!See the closer view on my instagram & visit https://t.co/kvUPQprVJk for more info! pic.twitter.com/bt81iWwuVN- Chloe Flower (@ChloeFlower) May 15, 2018
This also isn't Chloe's first time playing Cardi B's music. Earlier this month, she treated her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers to a jazzed-up cover of the rapper's collab with J Balvin and Bad Bunny, "I Like It."
Flower is also an entrepreneur in addition to being a musician. She co-founded Modern Alkeme, a daily detox, with Jules Wainstein (yes, from Bravo's The Real Housewives of New York).
According to her bio, Flower is "passionate about using her music as education to bring much needed awareness to the human trafficking epidemic." She's been a panelist and performer for the United Nations on the Role of the Arts in Human Trafficking and received a Creative Coalition Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work in combatting human trafficking.
And, lastly, can we just appreciate her wardrobe?
"Fashion is a huge part of my image not just on social media, but in real life too," Flower adds to BAZAAR. "Because I don’t have lyrics in my music, I also use fashion as a way to express myself and my music."
If we knew pianists could look this fly, we probably never would've quit our childhood piano lessons.
This post has been updated.
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