Ciara Performs Acoustic Set at Grammy Headquarters

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Ciara stopped by The Recording Academy, home to the Grammys, in Santa Monica, Calif., for an interview and performance. The R&B singer spoke about her songwriting process and performed an acoustic set consisting of tracks off her self-titled album including “DUI,” “Read My Lips,” and her newest single “Overdose.”

“I Had So Much Fun Doing A Surprise Acoustic Performance at @TheGRAMMYs Office 4 The Staff!” tweeted CiCi, who won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video for “Lose Control” with Missy Elliott in 2006.

See CiCi’s stripped-down set below.



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66 Comments

  1. Yawns

    Struggling!!!! I was so bored watching this, I’m not even being funny lol

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    vanessa Reply:

    @Yawns, oh wow! gave me chills through the computer. she sounded amazing with little to no music.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Yawns, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I can’t listen to this struggle! That high note sounded way better with autotune!

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    TrinaFan Reply:

    @Yawns, she sounds great and can sing better than most of these auto tuned broads. I like the simplicity of this performance. The hate out there is sad. This girl has more than all of you and u’re sitting at your computers spewing out hate meanwhile she’s worth more than all your asses.

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    marie Reply:

    @TrinaFan, satan is alive and well, and hates on God’s angels. That’s all it is. The people that count LOVE the beautiful talented angel Ciara

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  2. musicfan2012

    Yikes!

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @musicfan2012, AGREE! CICI can’t sing as good live!

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  3. Eli

    Yas! Pleasantly surprised. She’s been trying to work on the vocals. Good for her :)

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  4. really

    yesssss go cici!!! she sounds great! so smooth!! :) love love love it! her performances at the house of blues in chicago is better tho

    and before any rihanna fans come trying to shade ciara, yall find a video were rihanna sings acoustic and sounds this decent. YOU WONT FIND IT! better yet find one when rihanna actually shows her vocal aerobics and not singing in one key the entire song……..

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  5. Chula

    Dope. Sounds like the cd

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Chula, Loca, the CD sounded like perfection! IDK what you would call this?

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  6. really

    she sounds great!!! yessssss go ci ci!!!! love love love it! i like her house of blues performance in chicago better tho

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  7. Twista

    From the bits I heard, sounds like her backup singers are the ones who should have the record contract.

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    howard Reply:

    @Twista, seems like dirty rihanna needs to give you at least one night off of hating. if she doesnt contact the labor board, because we’re sick of your sorry azz stalking the great ciara all over this internet. jealousy is a bish.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @howard, Excuse me, @Twista is telling the truth. The backup singers are singing while she’s WHISPERING! Love her CD but hate her live vocals #TheTruth

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    mika Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, Ciara is doing what lead singers do AND THE BACK UP SINGERS ARE DOING THEIR JOB. the end

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @mika, Ma’am clearly you don’t hear her stopping before the high notes to let the back up singer do the work. The only thing ending is this converstation #TheTruth #HoodGalsBeTrippin #GuurrlByeeee!

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @ShadeForDays Cici is a beautiful and gorgeous! I love her style and her cd is great! My opinion on her live vocals are just my opinion! I still support her 100%…okay 50%! I hope her Overdose video will slay! Until the next read, I’M OUT!

  8. BEDSTUYFLY

    SHE HAS A GRAMMY?…

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    TrickDaddy/D-Train Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, yeah thanks to Missy #losecontrol yikes is right

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    Hugh Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, she has a Grammy for someone else’s song….that’s a music video….ehhh

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  9. OnlyChrisJ

    That Was Everything! Good Job Ci I Love All The Songs I Hope She Wins A Grammy!

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  10. Love

    Ok please. ciara did good. A ton of singers sound like dying cats, ciara has a soft voice but it’s a nice tone.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Love, GURRRL PLS. She looks great I give her that but the vocals need work. Someone needs to set up an appointment to get their hearing aids check! #Libraryisopenforsomeshade

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    mika Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, bish u come here to listen to her every day! u love it

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @mika, The only thing I love is your reaction lmfao #ChillPls #HoodGalsMad #RatchetGirlsPissed

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  11. Deejay

    I give credit when it’s due. She sounds nice and look great.

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  12. Musicjunkie

    She did ok ‘ not her best but def not her worst . Not all songs sound good acoustic .her vocals had gotten better . I liked this era from here . That was a good album . Overdose needs to take off . I wanna see her win

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  13. Trish

    Has Ciara ever had a powerful voice?…NO! I don’t know why some people would come on here expecting to hear a crazy powerhouse voice. We all know how Ciara sounds and we all should know that she has a very soft voice. She sounded exactly the same way she does on her CD…how many artists can say that for themselves now a days. There’s rarely real talent in the industry. Seems as though all you have to do is have a catchy chorus with “shake ya ass” beats in the background and you have a hit. So while we have artists that have talent, regardless if we like them or not, just appreciate it. Love u Ci-Ci.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Trish, GURRRRRL! BYYYYYYYYYE! LONG EXPLANATION TO WHY SHE SOUNDS HORRIBLE LIVE!

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    Trish Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, lmao have a seat please and thank you, it’s a reason why ur name is #ShadeForDays lmao girl please

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Trish, lmfao. Yaaas sista-gurl, I just sat on the golden chair on the “NO BASIC ZONE”, I’m gonna let you squat on the pavement outside the streets in the “BASIC ZONE” w/Cici #GURRRLBYEEEEE.

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    trish Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, lmao gurl I have a life to get back to, go on wit cha golden chair lmao

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  14. bibi93

    Good show ci-ci

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  15. Whitney

    I honestly like Ciara. She makes good, fun music; stays in her lane vocally; and she gets an E for choosing to sing live. But LAWD is that voice thin and fragile. Who thought it was a good idea to perform an acoustic set? But no hate, do you boo! Hey…she’s more successful than me.

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    howard Reply:

    @Whitney, She has a very soft voice like Diana Ross and a lot of white girls. All of our great singers dont need to sound mournful like their grandpa just died.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @howard, CICI’s live vocals is horrible! #QUEENRIH #QUEENBEY

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    OnlyChrisJ Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, and Rihanna Sounds Better? She’s Not The Greatest Live Either Lol, She Can Barely Hit Her Own Notes So She Makes The Crowd Sing

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    Hugh Reply:

    @OnlyChrisJ, rihanna is a better vocalist than Ciara tho #noshade

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    OnlyChrisJ Reply:

    @Hugh, None Taken At All, We All Have Our Different Opinions, and Right Now I Just Think Rihanna Isn’t Doing It For Me Live Right Now, I’ve Seen Ciara 3 Times Recently Live and She Didn’t Disappoint Me Not Once She’s Grown Vocally Because When She First Came Out She Wasn’t Singing Like This Lol. Rih Just Dissapointed Me With The Loud Tour DVD and The Diamonds World Tour She Did Great At The LA Show I Went To But I Youtube’d The Other Shows And They Weren’t 110%

    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @OnlyChrisJ, GUURLLL BYEEEE! Rih’s tone is unique & she does sound like her CD. I have both women’s CD and I love their CD. I saw Rihanna live & she can saaaaang! But Ci’s live vocals needs work…point, blank, period. Rih & especially Bey are my QUEEN & KING! So, go sit down on the basic zone!

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    OnlyChrisJ Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, I Never Said She Couldn’t Sing I Just Said She Isn’t Doing It Live For Me Right Now I’ve Been To 3 Rihanna Concerts, 3 Ciara Concerts, and 3 Beyonce Concerts… So Sit Where?

    mika Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, Lie! her entire stage performances are pure magic

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @mika, Girrl, I told ya that she is gorgeous and can dance amazingly and I love her cd but ma’am her live vocals needs work. The only thing “pure magic” is what your on right now getting all worked up. #NoBasicZone #HoodGurlsMad #RatchetGalsPissed

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  16. kate

    yas ci

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  17. YMCMINAJ

    Hope she enjoyed it, cuz thats the closest she’ll ever great to a Grammy LMAO

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    Gee Reply:

    @YMCMINAJ, other then the one in her house…. -_-

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    Brave. Reply:

    @Gee, …that she got from a video. Yeah, it’s a Grammy, but let’s be real. She’s a singer, yet doesn’t have one for a vocal performance. She’s a better dancer than she is a single, and she was awarded for that. Let’s call a spade a spade.

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @Brave., I completely agree with cha. I mean she’s not the only singer that can’t sing live (cough cough Selena Gomez who won a VMA). But I do wish these “artist” would step up #BasicZones #NoShadeJustTruth

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  18. ShadeForDays

    LOOK, LOVE THE CD, HATE THE LIVE VOCALS! THE STRUGGLING FOR THE HIGH NOTES AINT CUTE! THE BASIC ZONE!

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  19. CiaraHusband

    Yall got her all fucked up! She sounds great. Her.voice has improved tremendously, nd lets not forget she sounds better than Rihanna. Yall spend way too much bashin, nd hatin not fully understand shes makin moves. I loved all three performaces. I love you ciara, you sound amazing

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @CiaraHusband, Hey boo, The only thing you love is her “body party” because she’s gorgeous and can dance (yasss gawddd). The vocals on the other hand needs work. I love her cd but her vocals don’t add up #Daddysheisbasic

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  20. okk

    Ci did pretty decent. Im very interested to see how “Overdose” performs. I think it will do amazing with the right video

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  21. BadBitch Syndrome

    U betta sing CiCi, she sounds better than she did on 106.

    Her album is great , if y’all hating on her then go listen to her album.

    Or go listen to Pour It Up cuz apparently that song is still popping somewhere.

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  22. Texas Girl

    I didn’t know Rap-Up was known for these kind of ratchet comments. What blog can you go to and not see hateful comments? Smh!

    Anyways, I thought she sound great… actually just like the CD (which I was a little surprised by). I think her vocals have improved greatly. However, I did not enjoy those background singers. I don’t know if they needed more practice together or what, but it was off.

    I also saw the House of Blues performance and she was simply AMAZING!! Go Ci!!

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  23. N

    Eh these stans be the first to comment on someone else post . Go watch rih finger and pop her flat back in front of a camera

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  24. cde

    breathy breathless barely a min and a half into overdose. gag is she is sitting and hadn’t just jogged to the set. No bueno Cici

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @cde, YASSS! I love her cd but damn can we get some vocal lessons LIVE! Completely agree with cha!

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    mika Reply:

    @ShadeForDays, how many ciara concerts have you been to?

    I been to 5 and everyone of them was FANTASTIC beyond belief

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    FuturesWifey Reply:

    @mika, Thanks for the support. Love -Cici

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    ShadeForDays Reply:

    @mika, I have been to one & her dancing was FANTASTIC but her live vocals are not. You were probably drinking the margaritas or beer they offer at the concerts so your judgement were most likely impaired. I know I would need some drinks to sit through it too #GurrrlByeeeee!

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  25. TOO REAL

    YOU SOUND GREAT I LOVE THIS SONG, SUCH A SMOOTH
    SINGER NOT A SCREAMER.BUT U LOOK AND SOUND GREAT.

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  26. FuturesWifey

    Well, I just wanna say to all her fans: continue to support her and her vocals are improving. More importantly, she’s becoming into the women she wants to be. All the haters can hate but I will take the high road.

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  27. Kyle

    I actually think she did pretty good. If you know Ciara, you know that she doesn’t have the most powerful voice but she works well with what she has and she has always picked songs that worked well for her. I definitely respect her grind and you can tell she loves what she does.

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  28. Rihanna Retarded Fenty

    Ciara did an exquisite job. I have heard better live vocal performances from her however I like the fact that she tried an acoustic set and is diversifying her brand. Rihanna on the other hand a global star that is a hot mess live on every performance. #truth

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  29. thetruth

    Im not a ciara fan but she did good on the DUI acoustic version. I was very surprised she sounded tht well… the other 2 thts a different story…

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