Nobody has been doing lockdown performances like Chloe x Halle. The pair gave an absolutely stunning performance of their track Ungodly Hour at the VMAs and they notably paid tribute to the Spice Girls in their 2020 GLAAD Awards performance of Do It. So, lockdown might have been successful for them (they released their second album Ungodly Hour in June) - but 2021 is set to be even better, they have three Grammy nominations and Halle is set to star in the upcoming live action The Little Mermaid.
There has been a blip, however. Over the weekend Chloe - whose surname is Bailey - trended on Twitter after her tearful reaction to social media trolling. Some have spent the past few days attacking her persona as overtly sexual, and accused her of pandering to the male gaze. She hit back in an online video, saying that her online output is for her alone. Naturally, a whole host of amazing women - including actress Gabrielle Union and director Ava DuVernay - have come forward to show their support for this talented young woman.
Want to find out how the pair started? Read on to find out more about the duo who count Beyoncé as their biggest fan.
Chloe and Halle Bailey really are mentored by Beyoncé
You might have picked up on the fact that Chloe and Halle referred to Beyoncé as their inspiration and mentor at the BETs when they picked up her award in 2017, shortly after she gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter. Now, I don’t know of many people who don’t turn to Beyoncé for daily inspo, but a mentor? That’s something we can only assume a very select few people have the pleasure of being able to say.
Chloe and Halle started off as two young YouTubers performing covers, of which Beyoncé tracks were included, of course. Chloe told Rolling Stone that the one that caught Beyoncé’s attention though, was their rendition of Pretty Hurts which after a whirlwind of views and shares, created huge buzz. And not without reason, their voices are incredible. Bey shared the video on her Facebook page and then a year later the girls found themselves signed to her Parkwood Entertainment music label.
Chloe x Halle were in Lemonade
It’s wild to think that Beyoncé shook the world with Lemonade in 2016, but you’d be forgiven for not being able to recall every single guest appearance on the visual album. If you’ve got a really keen eye though, you might have spotted Chloe and Halle in the videos alongside the likes of Serena Williams, Zendaya, Winnie Harlow and Amandla Stenberg.
They joined Beyoncé on the Formation tour
Oh yeah. They also casually toured with Bey too. NBD. So, if you were lucky enough to make it to any of the European shows over the summer of 2016, you might have heard Chloe x Halle perform too. If you haven’t seen them yet, they’re great and you should.
And to top it all off, Michelle Obama is a huge Chloe x Halle fan too.
Chloe and Halle also opened for Michelle Obama's keynote at the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival. You know, in case you were on the fence about how incredible these two are and how big they’re going to be. Trust Beyoncé. Trust Michelle. They know.
Chloe and Halle aren’t twins, btw
They do look very, very similar but no, Chloe and Halle are not twins, just the complete embodiment of sister-goals if that's a thing that exists. Chloe is 22 years old and Halle is 20.
Keep your eyes on this talented duo, as luckily we're going to be hearing a lot more about them. Imagine having so much talent in one family.