For her stripped-down performance, Williams performed “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris,” off her debut album Petals For Armor. Eagle-eyed fans, however, quickly noticed that Williams hid subtle nod to Paramore in her performance.
Williams confirmed last week that she was taking part in a tribute show to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Following her sudden death back in September, RBG requested that her seat in the Supreme Court remain vacant until after the inauguration in January. However, Donald Trump made it clear that he will not be honoring this wish.
The Honor Her Wish RBG tribute on Monday was to both honor the late Supreme Court Justice and also demand that the Senate honor her dying wish. As well, the tribute coincided with the first day of the planned confirmation hearings for Trump’s pick to replace Ginsburg.
View this post on Instagram
really honored to support and be part of this event. you’re invited! HONOR HER WISH — an exclusive celebration & tribute to RBG, on Monday, Oct 12 at 8PM ET. if you watched the #VPDebates last night, you heard Kamala Harris speak to the history involved here and why we must take action to protect Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy by honoring her last wish: no confirmation until inauguration. link to RSVP for will be in bio. #HonorHerWish
Williams was joined by various other performers for the tribute where she performed “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris.” The track is off of her debut solo album Petals For Armor that was released earlier this year.
Williams dedicated her performance to the women in her family who have overcome sexual and domestic abuse.
“I just want to dedicate this song to the woman in my family who overcame sexual and domestic violence,” she says at the start of her performance. “I want to send my heart out and deepest respect and gratitude to anyone who fights for the dignity and honor of victims of sexual and domestic violence.”
View this post on Instagram
performing “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris” tonight in honor of #RBG for @demandjustice_’s Honor Her Wish event. tonight’s performance is dedicated to several women in my family who overcame sexual and domestic violence. they lived so i can. many thanks to those who advocate for the rights of survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. many thanks to anyone who, like #RBG, believes that womxn should make the decisions about what happens to their own bodies. i am so grateful to the women in my life who have modeled for me what it looks like to live wildly, softly, raging, with grace, without it, shamelessly, tenderly, bloody, and blooming. see you all tonight. link in bio to RSVP. illustration by @kaylajsdesigns
Shortly after kicking off her performance, however, eagle-eyed Paramore fans noticed something familiar. Williams was wearing her iconic bodysuit from the “Fake Happy” video. The song is off of Paramore’s latest album After Laughter.
Although Williams doesn’t acknowledge the Paramore nod in her performance, she did tease she was bringing it back. She posted a mirror selfie of her wearing the iconic video look on her Instagram story a few days ago.
Along with the bodysuit, Williams’ dog Alf also makes a cameo during the RBG tribute. To help bring “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris” to life, Williams was joined by Joey Howard. Howard is one of Paramore’s touring musicians and was a collaborator on Petals For Armor. As well, Becca Mancari and Aaron Steele joined in on guitar and drums.
Hayley Williams’ full performance for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute and Paramore’s “Fake Happy” video are available to stream below.
Did you notice the “Fake Happy” nod in her tribute performance? Let us know in the comments below.