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Styles Dance Nightmare After Grammy Stage Malfunction

8 February 2023 | 9:32 am | Mary Varvaris

His dancers revealed that they were "Freaking all of us out on live television".

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Album Of The Year winner Harry Styles seemed to have a spectacular night at the Grammy Awards this week, but all wasn't as it appeared. 

During his performance of As It Was, which featured his band and a crew of dancers, the rotating turntable Styles and the dancers stood on malfunctioned and spun in the opposite direction on live television. Everyone had to improvise on the spot, putting awkwardness aside and remembering everything from rehearsals.

"What you don’t know is that the moment the curtain opened and it was time to perform, our turntable started spinning in reverse," dancer Brandon Mathis claimed in an Instagram story (per Rolling Stone). "Backwards. Freaking all of us out on live television, and there was nothing we could do to stop it. In real time, we had to troubleshoot and try to do a complete piece in reverse. Talk about professionalism."

Another dancer, Dexter Da Rocha, took to TikTok to defend the performance, which some viewers labelled as "boring" and "lethargic". "To switch all those patterns around on the spot, having not even walked in that direction, it sounds easy," Da Rocha said on TikTok (via Pitchfork). 

"Since it’s circular, it pulls you in different directions and is such a special type of balance. We got accustomed to one way, and it was the opposite way. Luckily we worked together and did our best and got to one cool formation in time for the overhead shot, but had to change the rest."

Donning a tinsel onesie, Harry Styles looked to be wearing an outfit by Brisbane designer Rachel Burke, who was commissioned to design a "birthday suit" for the global pop superstar.

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Burke appeared on the Today show last week to discuss the opportunity of a lifetime. "Maybe a month ago, I had this email arrive in my Inbox and it said 'Harry Styles birthday suit,'" she told the Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo.

She added, "Harry Styles was performing in Palm Springs for his birthday and I was commissioned to make him a birthday gift."

Burke commented further to the ABC that she didn't have much time to create the outfit, but her resilience and experience in building a DIY business won out. "I didn't have a very long lead time, I had to get it done in a week, I just worked day and night because I'm totally independent," she said.

Burke also teased another appearance that would showcase her designs: "You might see something at the Grammys next week, too, which is very exciting."