Cardi B twerked on a bejeweled piano in 'Money' performance at 2019 Grammys: There's a Cincinnati connection
Cardi B gave a dazzling performance of her newest single "Money" at the Grammys on Sunday night.
The queen of rap shared the stage with two other dazzlers: a jewel-encrusted piano played by a 33-year-old pianist, who caused quite a buzz.
The performance kicked off with a fierce piano intro by Chloe Flower, which almost stole the scene. Cardi B then strutted across the stage and climbed on top of the bedazzled Baldwin piano once played by Liberace.
That piano has a surprising Cincinnati connection.
Though the Baldwin Piano Company ceased paying taxes in the city more than 15 years ago, it was a fixture in the community for a 140 years.
"The story of the Baldwin Piano Company, ... usually starts with the anecdote that Mr. Baldwin was a music teacher, one of the first in Cincinnati Public Schools. There is so much more," Janelle Gelfand wrote in a 2017 story for The Enquirer.
"But the story of Baldwin Piano is bigger than that. It wends its way through the Civil War, the Great Depression and two world wars. It survives two fires. And it includes a family dynasty that doesn’t even bear the name Baldwin."
.... Cincinnati, with its immigrant craftsmen, was the perfect city to set up a factory making these hand-made masterpieces. (When master woodcarver John Giglio of North College Hill died, his obituary proudly declared that the Italian immigrant had personally carved the Baldwin grand piano played by Liberace.
Read the whole story here: The sound that Baldwin Piano gave to the world.
Here's a sampling of what Twitter had to say about the instrument and the pianist.