*Suffice to say, Chaka Khan went and pissed off a whole bunch of money paying concert goers in South Florida Saturday night (03-17-18) and now she’s being blasted all over social media for possibly being high, drunk, or whatever. The result was a show so unsatisfying, people started walking out on her and had no problem saying so.
The “Sweet Thing” singer’s sour-ness went down in front of the crowd at the 13th annual Jazz in the Gardens show. Besides Chaka, this year’s lineup featured Anita Baker, Fantasia, Smokey Robinson, and more. And of course, with Chaka Khan being a legendary star, there was a lot of anticipation for her performance.
However, according folks on the scene, fans were left upset, shocked and even concerned after her performance which featured instances of her forgetting the words to her classic hits, seeming disinterested, relying on background singers to sing her lead vocals, dancing bizarrely, and more.
With that backdrop, it should come as no surprise that there is serious backlash on Twitter, with critics weighing in on her set and some even wielding accusations of drug or alcohol abuse.
Here’s a taste of what people are not happy with:
Here’s what the paying customers had to say:
I was very disappointed in #chakakhan tonight at #JITG2018 she couldn’t remember her songs she looked beautiful but she wasn’t able to perform her songs tonight she just was in West Palm Beach at Kravis center she did a nice job tonight in Miami people started walking out pic.twitter.com/4xN1D89yas
— cynthia Traveling Queen (@cynthia33324663) March 18, 2018
— Peter (@KingP914) March 18, 2018
Chaka Khan was really left with empty chairs and palm trees. Have mercy.
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) March 18, 2018
Chaka Khan just ended her set because literally everybody left the festival. She sounded like trash. I’m so disappointed
— T’Ceiling es T’Roof (@Suite_Tea) March 18, 2018
Chaka Khan is a legend who deserves our respect! #JITG2018. Addiction is a disease! Her performance took us by surprise but rather than criticize let’s show love, understanding and compassion bcuz we don’t know what she is going through.
— Gretchen (@gvc41) March 18, 2018
It’s worth noting that in the wake of Chaka Khan’s rough outing, some local reports indicate she was not feeling well and was hospitalized shortly after the performance, according to ThatGrapevine.