Post submitted by Philip Tam, HRC Consumer Marketing Intern
Imitation is said to be the most sincere form of flattery. If that is true, Icona Pop has some very famous and talented fans.
Singing a soulful, ballad-esque version of Icona Pop’s smash hit “I Love It”, straight allies Florence Welch and Dev Hynes of Blood Orange wowed crowds at a HRC Benefit held last month at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Welch, who has the unparalleled ability to transform the pop rager into a haunting piano ballad, received cheers and applause from the crowd along with Hynes who was playing the piano.
HRC launched Welch and Hynes’ performance as part of the Equality Rocks campaign. Soon the video was picked up and featured in articles from Spin Magazine, The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, and Rolling Stone Mexico, in addition to Welch, Hynes, and Icona Pop’s own Facebook and Twitter Pages. On their Facebook page, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo of Icona Pop called the cover “beautiful” while followers from all of these artists’ fanbases raved about this unique twist on the upbeat summer hit, praising Welch’s strong vocals and Hynes’ playing.
If you haven’t caught the performance yet, check it out below:
Welch and Hynes are members of a growing number of musicians who are standing with the Human Rights Campaign on the right side of history in the fight for LGBT equality. Find out more at www.hrc.org/EqualityRocks