Why are people criticising Chloe Bailey for her Nina Simone performance?

21 June 2021, 14:04

Chloe Bailey has sparked debate with her controversial performance of Nina Simone's 'feeling good'.

22 year old performer, Chloe Bailey, has been the subject of critique as a result of her performance of Nina Simone's 'feeling good'.

Chloe Bailey claps back at trolls during emotional livestream

The controversial performance has been deemed 'over-sexualised'.

The Chloe x Halle singer performed without her sister for  ABC’s Juneteenth special, 'Juneteenth: Together We Triumph – A Soul of a Nation' event on June 19th.

She took to the stage in a black sparkly jumpsuit and performed Simone's classic with immaculate vocals and an intricate dance routine.

However, the singer - who was mentored by Beyonce, faced backlash for the choreography with many saying she over-sexualised the song.

One critic took to Twitter saying: I don’t like how Chloe over sexualized this rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feelin’ Good,” like who thought that was ok?!?!?! I hope black Twitter let her have it".

Whilst another Twitter user said: "Idc Chloe Bailey ATE.. just at the wrong table though—baby it’s Nina Simone".

However, fans of the singer were not impressed by the criticism - taking to her defence.

One fan claimed: "the only reason some of you think chloe bailey is “doing too much” is because y’all are used to these other girls half-a**ing their way through a setlist. and that’s the real tea."

Whilst another said "Chloe Bailey really took a song that alludes to being liberated in being self and performed it from a place of a liberated self. F***ing amazing. Amazing. Amazing. That was amazing. Amazing.".

Chloe performed Nina Simone's 'feeling good'.
Chloe performed Nina Simone's 'feeling good'. Picture: Instagram: @chloebailey

Fans and critics were left shocked when Nina Simone's granddaughter took to Twitter to defend Chloe's performance of her grandmothers classic.

ReAnna Simone tweeted: "Everyone’s coming at @ChloeBailey for her performance of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song “Feeling Good”. But what y’all don’t understand is that grandma was a free spirited woman herself!"

She continued to defend the star saying: "She would’ve loved that performance as much as I do! Relax. Chloe killed it."

Nina Simone's granddaughter defended Chloe Bailey's performance
Nina Simone's granddaughter defended Chloe Bailey's performance. Picture: Twitter

Continuing to speak on her late grandmother, she tweeted: "Grandma was unapologetically herself. She was a muhhhf**kin badass woman who did what she wanted when she wanted".

ReAnna finished, saying: "She was a sexual woman and she expressed that. Educate yourselves !! If grandma could she probably would’ve done that performance herself".

Nina Simone's granddaughter defended Chloe
Nina Simone's granddaughter defended Chloe. Picture: Twitter

Chloe has previously been accused of over-sexualisation, and took to Instagram live to address trolls.

Whilst she is yet to comment on the latest attacks - she has posted the routine to her personal Instagram.

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