From the Chandelier to the Rock Hall: Sia Goes On Display
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sia is one of the hottest names in the music industry right now, co-writing “Titanium” with David Guetta, “Diamonds” for Rihanna, and working with Kendrick Lamar on “The Greatest.”
But it’s been a journey for the Australian born singer to get to this point. After getting her career started in the mid-90s with Crisp, an acid jazz group, Sia would move to London following their disbandment and provide vocals for several groups, including Jamiroquai.
Now on display in the Right Here, Right Now exhibit are several items related to Sia’s 2014 U.S. breakthrough hit, “Chandelier,” a deceptively upbeat song detailing her struggle with alcoholism and prescription pill addiction.
Helping its rise to Number Eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was its video featuring dancer Maddie Ziegler, whose half-sole dance shoes and a wig match the one Sia wore while promoting the album 1000 Forms of Fear. A then-11-year-old Ziegler performed an interpretive dance in the video, appearing as Sia’s proxy. Ziegler also appeared in Sia’s videos for “Elastic Heart,” “Big Girls Cry,” “Cheap Thrills,” and “The Greatest.”
Music has always been in Sia’s DNA. Her father was a musician and Uncle Colin made a name for himself fronting Men at Work. Her influences include Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Sting.
Other items now featured in Right Here, Right Now include one of the outfits worn by Lady Gaga in her “Bad Romance” video, the handwritten lyrics to Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” clothing from the Weeknd, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy and much more.