5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Golden Globes Pianist Chloe Flower
On Jan. 10, Chloe Flower showcased her angelic piano skills between hilarious monologues and unexpected words of wisdom at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. During the evening, several award recipients were seen shouting at Flower as piano music began to play when they went over the allotted time during their speeches. While the pianist, who has been a professional musician for nearly 13 years, glided her fingers across the keys all night long, she made it clear that she was not responsible for the cutoff music.
"I would never play piano over people's speeches!!" she wrote on Twitter that night. "I'm only playing when you see me on camera!" Flower played the commercial intros and outros, the opening theme song, and the closing scene music for the Golden Globes.
"Thank you for all the love and support during the #goldenglobes last night!"
One notable exchange occurred when "Everything Everywhere All at Once" star Michelle Yeoh took the stage to accept the award for best actress in a musical or comedy film. "Shut up, please. I can beat you up. And that's serious," Yeoh joked when the music started before she was finished with her speech.
Following the show, Flower's fans were quick to come to her defense, pointing out that the pianist was not to blame for playing stars off the stage. In a tweet shared the next day, Flower explained that there were no hard feelings. "Still a forever fan #MichelleYeoh !!" she wrote. "(And she was much scarier in Crazy Rich Asians) #GoldenGlobes2023 #nevermeetyourheroes."
On Jan. 11, Flower returned to Twitter to thank her fans for their support and share her new single, "Golden Hour," inspired by her performance during the award show. "Thank you for all the love and support during the #goldenglobes last night!" she said. "I'm excited to share my song Golden Hour that I released in honor of my performance."
While the award show was a memorable one for Flower, it wasn't her first time taking the stage. In 2019, she made an appearance at the Grammys, where she played Liberace's crystal piano alongside Cardi B during her performance of "Money." In 2022, Flower played piano at the Miss USA evening-gown competition in Reno, NV. In November, she also joined Ne-Yo and Becky G on stage for the Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration.
Read ahead to learn more about Flower, including how she was discovered, her work as an activist, and her incredible covers.
She Was Discovered in 2010 by an R&B Icon
Flower was first discovered in 2010 by R&B icon Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, according to Billboard. Soon after, she signed with Soda Pop, a record label Edmonds founded in 2009. "Forever grateful to my mentor who taught me everything," she captioned a photo with Edmonds on Instagram in September 2022.
She Has Covered Beyoncé and Has Her Own Album
In addition to her live performances, Flower is known for collaborating with artists like Nas, Celine Dion, and Timbaland. Over the years, she's accumulated credits on popular songs and albums, including "Pretty Girls Like Trap Music" by 2 Chainz, "Christmas at Swae's" by Swae Lee, "Life Is Good" by Nas, "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" by Celine Dion, and more. She has also composed for Kevin Hart and Misty Copeland.
During a performance at Madison Square Garden in 2021, Flower played in front of a sold-out audience with Meek Mill, Cardi B, and Becky G. The same year, she released her freshman album, "Chloe Flower," which debuted at No. 4 on the Classical Billboard Charts. The album features hits like "Get What You Get," "Bohemia," and "When I See You Again."
Beyond her talents as an original composer, Flower is also acclaimed for her beautiful piano covers of contemporary songs. Some of her most popular song covers include "Spirit" by Beyoncé, "Up" by Cardi B, "Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo, and "Glow Up" by Meek Mill.
She's Friends With Shay Mitchell
As a talented musician, it's no surprise that Flower has an impressive list of celebrity friends, including Questlove, Amanda Nguyen, Jeannie Mai Jenkins, and other stars. Most notably, the pianist is one of Shay Mitchell's best friends.
The stylish duo can occasionally be seen exploring New York City or making appearances in each other's Instagram Stories. Mitchell is also vocal about her support for Flower's performances on social media. "Woohoo! Wow," the "Dollface" actor said as she recorded her friend from home during the Golden Globes on Jan. 10.
She's a Fashion Icon
Flower is no stranger to a red carpet. When the occasion arises, she's not afraid to showcase her unique style with bold silhouettes, vibrant colors, and designer pieces with eye-catching details.
During an interview with Marie Claire on the Golden Globes red carpet, Flower deemed sweatpants in and uncomfortable shoes out. "I've been wearing nothing but platforms and shoes that are comfortable," she said. "If they are not comfortable, I won't wear them."
She's Won Awards For Her Work as an Activist and Philanthropist
As an activist, Flower has worked with organizations like AFESIP and Cast LA to assist people trafficked for the purpose of forced labor. She is also an artist ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime and the youngest board member for The Liberace Foundation For the Performing and Creative Arts.
In May 2013, Cast LA recognized Flower's hard work in music education and anti human trafficking by presenting her with the Creative Impact Award, according to Global Grind. In October 2022, Flower also received The Last Girl's Impact Award, presented by Gloria Steinem and Apne Aap.