Chloe Flower Is Cardi B's Fierce AF Grammys Pianist and She Served Us All the Tea About Last Night

If you didn’t know who pianist Chloe Flower was before last night’s Grammy Awards, well, now you know. And you probably can’t stop talking about her. (Same.) Chloe stole the show during Cardi B’s epic stage performance of “Money.” In between the ceremony and after-parties, I caught up with Chloe over the phone. (For the record, although there’s plenty to pop bottles over, Chloe says she’s so not a partier: “I work… a lot. I’m always working. Like, I hate not working.”)

The classical musician and composer, who’s been playing piano since she was a toddler, got her start in the music industry about a decade ago. And after last night’s performance, her career is undoubtedly about to blow TF up.

For starters, she just signed a deal with Sony Music Masterworks. Like … JUST signed it. In fact, right after the award show, she was headed to a meeting with her label. Today, she’s on her way back to New York City to get right back to work. During our post-show convo, we chatted about the career (and incredibly luxurious style) Chloe’s been destined (and working her ass off) for all her life. Oh, and what it’s like to play a piano when Cardi is dancing on top of it.

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What an honor. Thank you @iamcardib for having me on stage with you at the Grammys and for graciously allowing me to add my style of music to yours! #cardib #cardibgrammys #pianist #chloeflower #piano

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You’ve been in the industry since you first signed with Babyface in 2010—when did you first start playing piano?

I started when I was two, like, sitting on a telephone book. (Back then, we had telephone books!) I did my first concert at a nursing home. When I finished, I just remember like, I got up to bow and everyone was asleep. So I feel like now I can take any audience.

How did this performance with Cardi B at the Grammy Awards happen?

It was kind of amazing. A very good friend of mine introduced me to someone on Cardi’s team. They showed the team’s creative director and Cardi my stuff and they were like, “We want her to play with Cardi at the Grammys,” and I was like, “Okay!”

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@iamcardib #ilikeitlikethat from a different angle! Thanks @stelleaudio for stoppin by and giving me such beautiful speakers to do #chloecovers with! #wespeakher #cardib #meekmill #chloeflower #jbalvin #badbunny #pianist #chloeflower #piano #instrumentals #juancarlosobando #ericksonbeamon #ilikeit

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Last thing on your mind right before taking the stage?

Just to have fun. Actually, it’s funny. We had a soundcheck on Friday, and Jack Sussman, the Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS, came up to me and he was like, “That was amazing. And on Sunday, have so much fun.” And so, I remembered that when I left. I just wanted to have fun.

What was it like to actually perform at the Grammys?

Oh my gosh. I’ve never played in front of an audience that big and televised. So I was really nervous. But because of just the energy of the team—like Cardi is just, now that I’ve worked with her and actually know her, she is so gracious and so smart and so amazing.

“I feel like now I can take any audience.”

In all of the rehearsals, she provided an amazing energy, and we were all like a family. Before we got on stage we were all hugging each other like, “Good luck! You’re amazing!” I’ve never met these people before and it was like being up there with my friends.

Okay, and that PIANO?!

The piano I was playing was Liberace’s actual piano. He played with that. I really appreciate them because I feel like being on that crystal piano with those lights and Cardi on top … that got a lot of attention.

I have his glass piano in my apartment. The crystal one… I really, really wanted that one. The Liberace Foundation has loaned it to me.

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M U S I C E D U C A T I O N The word Nocturne is French for nocturnal, and is most widely used to describe a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, THE NIGHT. 🌚 Chopin did not “invent” Nocturnes, but he did popularize them, and this early Nocturne in e minor (Op. 72, No.1) is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy my interpretation that I’m playing on @liberace_found glass piano that is on loan to me! And thank you @amenstyle for the fabulous top! Nocturne is available on all major distribution platforms, so follow me on @spotify @youtube @applemusic & more to hear this and my new music coming soon! 🌻 #chloeflower #piano #pianist #composer #chopin #nocturne #musiceducation #musictherapy #fashionfriday

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What was the buzz like afterwards?

When I walked off stage I just asked everyone, “Was it okay?” Like honestly, I hadn’t performed that kind of music. I’m classical. When I found out people were loving it, I was so happy.

“I’ve never met these people before and it was like being up there with my friends.”

As an instrumentalist, it’s amazing to see so many people who don’t follow classical music be excited about a pianist. People are excited about the piano! People are excited about an instrument that’s not singing. That’s really important to me. Anything I do in my career is to promote music education and to make classical music more accessible, so that was the most exciting thing.

Let’s talk about that lewk you wore on stage.

Brookelyn Styles styled me. She’s amazing. I was actually supposed to wear something else. It was like a short trench coat type thing, and then Cardi actually had the vision. She was like, “No, I want Chloe to be wearing something more extravagant and I want her to not blend in with the piano. I want her to stand out.”

So, she was really the mastermind behind the image and the whole aesthetic with her creative director, Tanisha Scott. Cardi was very active in making decisions in what I wore and making the whole vibe.

How long was that process for you?

We picked the dress yesterday, basically. I was supposed to wear something else, and then that didn’t work out, and then we were wearing something else, and that didn’t work out, so up until the minute I was on stage, my stylist was on the ground fixing things. It’s amazing what they did in such a short period of time.

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My arrangement on the classic, Chopsticks is now available on all major distribution outlets! Follow me on @spotify for this and more piano music! #chloeflower #chopsticks #pianist #composer #pianoarrangement

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Describe your own aesthetic.

I like to say that I like to be, “Luxury. So luxury.” I love fashion. I work with a lot of new upcoming designers. It doesn’t have to just be the mainstream high end designers, if I like the outfit, if I like the material, I’ll wear it and I’ll love it.

What inspires your style?

I’ve been following fashion since I was literally born. My mom used to take me shopping with her everywhere. I read every fashion magazine. I basically only look at fashion stuff.

I love ‘90s fashion. When they told me what Cardi was wearing, I was like “Oh my god, can I wear that, too?” Most of my regular, everyday clothes are vintage.

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Who’s all had a thank u, next moment…or three…. 😬🙋🏻‍♀️😂 Def me! I’m dedicating this post to my bestie @tamietran 👯‍♀️ THANK U: @arianagrande for this song @ivanyoungofficial for creating this gorgeous work of art I’m wearing @liberace_found for generously loaning me #liberace touring piano! Follow me on @youtube @youtubemusic for the longer version! #chloeflower #arianagrande #thankunext #pianist #composer #pianocover

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I love Thierry Mugler, obviously, and I love old Jean Paul Gaultier from the ‘90s and early 2000s. I love the early 2000s Christian Dior. ‘70s Gucci. I’m really loving Balmain’s new collection. Anything edgy.

What’s the trick to dressing up for the piano?

It’s only constraining if my arms feel too tight. People always think it’s hard to play in heels, but it’s really the same thing. Playing in heels is easy.

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