Chloe Bailey’s rendition of “Feeling Good” made some viewers feel somewhat.
Half of Chloe x Halle made her solo television debut, performing a cover of the 1965 Nina Simone classic on ABC June 15th special, “June 15th: Together We Triumph – A ‘Soul of a Nation’ Special Event” Friday night. Bailey surprised herself in a sparkly catsuit as she danced in front of a giant moon during her sexy set, which featured some provocative moves and even a bit of twerking.
While it won praise from many viewers, others questioned the appropriateness of the nineteenth-century’s performance, calling it “over-sexualized.”
I don’t like how Chloe over-sexualized this rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feelin ‘Good,” like who thought it was okay?!?!?! Hope black Twitter lets you have it #SoulOfANation
– Mattea Smith (@MatteaMarie) June 19, 2021
Chloe Bailey Graduated From Beyoncé College Summa Cum Laude
– Your Favorite (@PartitionBeat) June 19, 2021
In the wake of the controversy, Nina Simone’s granddaughter, RéAnna Simone Kelly, came to Chloe’s defense, saying her late grandmother would have loved the performance.
“Everyone will come to @ChloeBailey for their rendition of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song ‘Feeling Good’,” RéAnna tweeted. “But what they don’t understand is that Grandma was a free-spirited woman !! She would have loved that performance as much as I did! Relax. Chloe killed him.
Chloe’s rendition of “Feeling Good” can be found on Disney’s Music for the Movement Volume III – Liberated EP, along with contributions from Cordae, Common, and Lucky Daye.
Everyone will be coming to @ChloeBailey for her rendition of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song “Feeling Good”. But what they don’t understand is that Grandma was a free-spirited woman !! She would have loved that performance as much as I did! Relax. Chloe killed him. #Nina Simone
– RéAnna Simone Kelly (@reasiimone) June 19, 2021
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