Chloe Bailey's explosively sexy performance of Nina Simone's arguably most iconic song, "Feeling Good", at the ABC's "Juneteenth: Together We Triumph" special recieved an array response from praise to backlash all over social media.
Perhaps the most famous version of "Feeling Good" was recorded by Nina Simone, and first appeared on her 1965 album "I Put A Spell On You". The eldest sister of the duo Chloe x Halle, Chloe Bailey was presented the opportunity to pay homage to the late Nina Simone.
She took to the Juneteenth stage solo for the first time during this performance. Signed to Beyonce herself, the sisters have served up both the looks and vocals throughout the pandemic and this performance was no exception. The young star commanded the stage in a bejeweled mesh one piece, giving us lots of floor work and sultry vocals.
Fans and hecklers took to Twitter to voice their opinions of Chloe's performance of the classic track, check out what they had to say below.
Ummm why people on the internet acting like Feeling Good from Nina Simone was some sorta negro spiritual?— Sailor Goon🔮✨💫 (@jelaeJsm) June 19, 2021
Heck I always associate the song burlesque and divine feminine energy. Y’all weird.
Chloe Bailey did what needed to be done.
Beyoncé found her protégé in Chloe Bailey 🔥🔥🔥🤞🏾🤞🏾— Chillin’ (@oneofthefew13) June 19, 2021
People are doing way too much with Chloe Bailey’s performance of “Feeling Good!” She looked GREAT and sounded amazing! Period!— 𝐵𝑒𝒸𝒸𝒶 (@MJFINESSELOVER) June 19, 2021
Her critics weren't pulling punches and took to Twitter to share their scathing reviews. Many stated the late Nina Simone would be disappointed in this rendition and performance of her song.
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🙄😂 #SoulOfANation— Mattea Smith (@MatteaMarie) June 19, 2021
Chloe did have her chance to sit down with Good Day America and share her own personal thoughts on her performance.
"Now being 23 in like 10 days, being able to reinterpret the song and make it feel more of me -- and it was already difficult because I've always been in love with Nina Simone's rendition of 'Feeling Good' and just feeling her joy in the pain and everything in her voice within that song -- I wanted to make it my own," she continued.
"I have always loved Miss Nina Simone forever," she said. "The performance was inspired by her spirit and her confidence and her honesty. I worked incredibly hard to put it all together. I still have scrapes and bruises from all the rehearsals."
Chloe goes onto mention Nina Simone's granddaughter commended her on her performance and interpretation of the song,"I'm just so happy to see that her granddaughter loved it, and I'm happy that there are people who loved it as well," she added.
thank you so much. your grandmother!! what a legacy!!! i will forever x always love Ms. Simone. she has always inspired me 🖤🤎 https://t.co/kfANrRy1ZX— Chlöe (@ChloeBailey) June 19, 2021
Filling the toes of a world renown artist and creative is no easy task and Chloe stepped the challenge. The question is did she deliver? And can sexy and soulful coexist? I'll let you, the readers, decide. Comment down below if you think Chloe killed this performance... the good way or the bad.
Written by Precious Onukwuli