Ugh, I think we should all go give Sia a big hug.
There aren't many artists out there who can pull off what Sia does. The music icon practically dominates radio stations and giant 2 am sorority sing-alongs ever since “Chandelier” became a mega-hit back in 2014.
The thing is, for as big a celebrity as she is, most people have never actually seen her face.
Sia's performances always feature some sort of elaborate obstructed view of her head, pushing what she does somewhere between performance art and genuine music. This should make her art gimmicky as hell, but it works, and it works mainly on the power of her voice.
It's the exact opposite of OK Go, by the way. That band is miserable in concert, despite the group's ability to play a full song just using a Chevy Sonic.
Sia stopped by James Corden's car this week for some "Carpool Karaoke" and talked about why she opts to hide her face when she's on stage, and the answer is predictably heartfelt.
She told Corden,
I don't wear this thing unless there's cameras around. I only wear this just to try and maintain a modicum of privacy.
Well, I was a singer already for like 10 or 11 years to mediocre success, and I was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and I sobered up and decided I didn't want to be an artist anymore because I was starting to get a little bit famous and it was destabilizing in some way. So, I thought, 'What doesn't exist in pop music at the moment?' and it was mystery.
EVERYONE GO HUG SIA!