With almost 60 million views in just two weeks since her latest video was released, Sia continued to electrify audiences with her insane performance on Saturday Night Live. Comedian Kevin Hart hosted the most recent SNL episode and Sia provided her artistic flair on stage by performing her massive hit, “Chandeliers” and “Elastic Heart.”
Hidden by a black veiled visor during the performance, Sia let her two dancers do the entertaining during her first performance. Maddie Ziegler, the 12-year-old star of Dance Moms stunned the audience with her modern dance interpretation of Sia’s latest hit. Although Ziegler danced with actor Shia LaBeouf for the video, the controversial star of Transformers was noticeably absent from the performance.
Ziegler did the routine with an older, similarly dressed female. Although the Elastic Heart video was a massive hit, Sia was criticized for paring a young girl with a grown man like LaBeouf. People who have seen the video found it to be highly sexualized, making it inappropriate for some. Others viewed Zeigler and LaBeouf’s performance as a work of art, stirring a handful of emotions in the music video form.
Sia returned to the SNL stage by performing her Grammy-nominated hit, Chandelier. The singer replaced Ziegler with a mime for her next number, continuing her trend of strange on-stage performances. The 39-year-old Australian singer belted out her massive hit, stunning the live audience who were at awe over her amazing vocal chops.
A few days after the release of the Elastic Heart video, the singer apologized to those who felt triggered by the controversial video. “My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody,” she tweeted. People over Twitter criticized the performer for paring up a grown man with a 12-year old girl in a wild modern dance routine. In the video, both Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler were donned in skin-colored outfits and engaged in a dance routine that people found suggestive.
I apologize to those who feel triggered by #ElasticHeart My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody.
— sia (@Sia) January 8, 2015
I’m thrilled the majority loves #ElasticHeart thank you for your support! We all worked our asses off and are very very proud of it.
— sia (@Sia) January 9, 2015