Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak will take the stage for the first time as the newly formed duo, Silk Sonic, at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards this month.
Taking to his official Twitter page on 10 March, the former broke the news in a rather unconventional fashion. In his tweet, the GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter thanked the Recording Academy for giving Silk Sonic the opportunity to "reunite" at this year's award show.
Dear @RecordingAcad we humbly accept your invitation to reunite on your grand stage. Thank you! We swear we won’t do the most. ♥️#SilkSonic https://t.co/tVEk2s9FS4— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) March 10, 2021
For context, Mars had gotten into an "argument" with .Paak two days prior to the announcement of duo's performance. On 8 March, .Paak shared the "original performance" lineup, which excluded Silk Sonic — who recently released their debut single 'Leave The Door Open', via Twitter and tagged Mars in the tweet.
YO @BrunoMars WHAT THE FUCK?!? Did you see this?!?! Call me back!! pic.twitter.com/nS2brA54gK— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 7, 2021
In the series of tweets that followed, the rapper and producer expressed his "disappointment" at not being invited to perform at the Grammys and called out Mars for not delivering on his promise to give the duo the "best promotion".
Bro it says CBS right at the top! It’s legit. What the FUCK!!?! ANSWER YOUR PHONE!! https://t.co/RwsX2Swv0q— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 7, 2021
Nah fuck that! I haven’t seen my family in months!! I need this to work, You promised me!! Everybody join in!!! I need all of Twitter to help make this trend!! Come on @RecordingAcad #LetSilkSonicThrive https://t.co/uqiAyYzqTp— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 7, 2021
The exchange between Mars and .Paak eventually culminated in the former sending an appeal to the Recording Academy and starting the hashtag #LetSilkSonicThrive, which began trending on Twitter within minutes.
#LetSilkSonicThrive @RecordingAcad pic.twitter.com/Ze5nuZQnvi— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) March 7, 2021
❗️@RecordingAcad I know you see this!! We doing real numbers out here!! You can’t ignore the people!!!#LetSilkSonicThrive pic.twitter.com/bU3Esm2CGI— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 7, 2021
A couple of days later, the Recording Academy responded to Silk Sonic's appeal via a tweet, saying that it would love to include the duo in the performance lineup for this year's GRAMMY Awards.
.@BrunoMars & @AndersonPaak— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 9, 2021
We have been trying to call you all week. Have you changed your numbers? We would love for #silksonic to make their TV debut at the #GRAMMYs. Are you free this Sunday night? Follow back and we will DM for details.
Delighted by the news, Mars and .Paak returned to Twitter to celebrate their victory, with the latter perfectly summarising the entire saga in one tweet.
Fucked around and got top billing 😭 https://t.co/kwffxHOBDW— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 10, 2021
The duo will join the likes of BTS, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, John Mayer, and more at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards at 8 PM EST on 14 March (9 AM SGT/PHT on 15 March).
Watch 'Leave The Door Open' here: