Nina Simone’s Granddaughter Shut Down Chloe Bailey Critics

“Relax. Chloe killed it.”

Many of those who watched Chloe’s performance praised the 22-year-old musician, of Chloe x Halle fame, for her interpretation of Nina’s classic jazz ballad.

But after some people claimed it “sexualized” the track in a way that Nina herself wouldn’t have liked, the late musician’s granddaughter, RéAnna Simone Kelly, joined scores of others who came to Chloe’s defense on social media.

Everyone’s coming at @ChloeBailey for her performance of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song “Feeling Good”. But what y’all don’t understand is that grandma was a free spirited woman herself!! She would’ve loved that performance as much as I do! Relax. Chloe killed it. #NinaSimone


Twitter: @reasiimone

“Everyone’s coming at @ChloeBailey for her performance of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song ‘Feeling Good,'” RéAnna tweeted. “But what y’all don’t understand is that grandma was a free spirited woman herself!!”


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“She would’ve loved that performance as much as I do!” Nina’s granddaughter continued. “Relax. Chloe killed it.”

Everyone’s coming at @ChloeBailey for her performance of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song “Feeling Good”. But what y’all don’t understand is that grandma was a free spirited woman herself!! She would’ve loved that performance as much as I do! Relax. Chloe killed it. #NinaSimone


Twitter: @reasiimone

RéAnna’s Twitter thread went on to point out that her grandmother was “unapologetically herself” and a “badass woman who did what she wanted when she wanted.” Nina might even perform the song in a similar style to Chloe’s version if she could, RéAnna suggested, noting, “She was a sexual woman and she expressed that. Educate yourselves !!”

Chloe thanked RéAnna in response to her tweets, writing, “your grandmother!! what a legacy!!! i will forever x always love Ms. Simone. she has always inspired me”


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Chloe’s rendition of “Feeling Good” is available to stream on Spotify now.

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