You may have heard that Silk Sonic, the new supergroup fronted by Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, made a splash with not one but two performances at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards. What you may not have known is that, as of last Sunday when the Grammy performer lineup was announced, Silk Sonic was not on the bill at all.

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As .Paak and Mars celebrated the release of the first Silk Sonic single, “Leave The Door Open“, this past weekend, both frontmen had been particularly active in promoting the release, both with in-depth interviews and via fan engagement on social media. When the Recording Academy announced the list of performers for the coming weekend’s festivities, the two were clearly unamused. In a series of tweets, the two hilariously responded to their omission from the lineup.

With that, the #LetSilkSonicThrive hashtag was born in an attempt to get Mars and .Paak onstage at the Grammys. Mars stoked the flame with an official, “pretty please” request to the Academy.

The response was immediate. As “Leave The Door Open” raked in streams (it would go on to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at the #4 slot this week), #LetSilkSonicThrive began to trend.

A little more time passed. Still no word… and it seemed .Paak was beginning to doubt his new partner’s industry clout.

Of course, this wasn’t the death of Silk Sonic. All it took for .Paak and Mars to put aside their comical egos and make with the music was one little tweet from the Recording Academy on Tuesday afternoon:

It’s hard to tell whether this whole #LetSilkSonicThrive ordeal was a well-executed promotional gambit for a buzz-worthy new project or the genuine result of successful Twitter fan campaign. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. Silk Sonic’s amusing road to the 2021 Grammy stage was quality entertainment in itself. The resulting performances—a retro, ’70s style performance of “Leave The Door Open” and an “In Memoriam” live tribute to Little Richard—were just the icing on the cake. The fact that they were both among the night’s biggest highlights… sprinkles, maybe? Either way, after the explosion of #LetSilkSonicThrive, the instant hit status of “Leave The Door Open”, and the two Grammy performances, it’s safe to say that Silk Sonic has officially arrived. We eagerly await the next offering from the band’s forthcoming debut.

Watch the two Silk Sonic performances from the 2021 Grammy Awards below.

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) – “Leave The Door Open” – 2021 Grammy Awards Performance

[Video: Bruno Mars]

Silk Sonic – “Long Tall Sally”, “Good Golly Miss Molly” (Little Richard Tribute) – 2021 Grammy Awards Performance

[Video: Bruno Mars]