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Sunday’s Grammy Awards were basically a three-and-a-half-hour concert lined back-to-back with performances that both wowed us with the sheer level of glam and spoke to important social justice issues. One such memorable moment was Roddy Ricch’s stripped down medley of “Heartless” and “The Box,” performed alongside a talented ensemble of musicians, including Instagram-famous harpist Madison Calley. In an interview with POPSUGAR, Calley spilled some behind-the-scenes details about what it was like to prepare for her Grammys debut, including the styling directions they were given, meeting Ricch, and how she was almost cut from the performance entirely.
Calley was first recruited for the performance after being spotted by Stephanie Matthews, the owner of entertainment company StringCandy, who follows her on social media. “It’s interesting how the whole thing came about, because initially, I got cut from the performance,” she told POPSUGAR. “I got an email and it was like, ‘Hi, I’m so-and-so from Roddy Ricch’s team. I’m sorry to inform you guys that we won’t be needing you for the performance. The Grammys have decided to go in another different creative direction, but we’ll keep you in mind for other performances.’ And so I was like, ‘Oh, that’s who the performance is with.’ I didn’t know beforehand. I had just happened to do a cover of Rockstar for the REVOLT TV Summit, and so I forwarded his manager my performance video of the song, and then his manager emailed me back right away and was like, ‘Wow, this is so amazing. I’ve forwarded this to the team and we’re going to be in touch.'” The next day, Calley received a call that she was back in the show and the performance would be altered to accommodate her harp.
Next to learning her music, Calley was focused on what to wear for her Grammys debut. “They said [to wear] black; it was like dressy, but not tuxedo,” she said. “So I was looking for some dresses that didn’t look too fancy but look sharp. And so I ended up finding the dress that I wore and then they had a stylist there and so she kind of gave us a little direction on the finishing touches. I had to wear tights with it, and then I found some little black shoes that match.”
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