Sia made an announcement on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards. Sia’s “Chandelier” is nominated for four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video. Sia joins a stellar list of other Grammy performers including Usher, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith. The Grammy Awards show will take place on February 8.
Sia’s sixth studio album 1000 Forms of Fear was released in 2014. The album produced four singles including “Chandelier,” “Eye of the Needle,” “Big Girls Cry,” and “Elastic Heart.” The album’s success included, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and it sold over 50,000 copies in its debut week. Sia became the first Australian artist to debut at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 with her 1000 Forms of Fear project. Two music videos have been released from the album, “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart.” The music video features a young dancer by the name of Maddie Ziegler. Ziegler in most-known for starring in Lifetime’s reality dance show, Dance Moms. She also played a starring role in Sia’s “Elastic Heart” music video.
Sia faced criticism for her music video “Elastic Heart.” The video shows an interpretive-dance cage match between actor Shia LaBeouf and Ziegler. Some people were outraged by the music video, and suggested the images were sexually inappropriate. The criticism is largely based on the fact that LaBeouf is 28 years old, and Ziegler is 12 years old. The words “pedophilia” and “perverted” were used to describe the music video. The Grammy-nominated singer later apologized to those who were offended by her video. Sia responded to several people who sent her messages on social media, “I anticipated some ‘pedophilia!!!’ cries for this video. All I can say is Maddie and Shia are two of the only actors I felt could play these two warring ‘Sia’ self states.” Sia continued, “I apologize to those who feel triggered by Elastic Heart. My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.” Despite the music video controversy, “Elastic Heart” was a huge success on the charts in foreign countries. It appeared on the music charts in New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.