In case you missed it, Beyonce performed at the Grammys Sunday night. It wasn’t her usual “big to do.” There was no leotard or flashing lights..no booty poppin or sequins. If I remember correctly, she even kept the fan blowing to a minimum. But what Beyonce DID do was take us to church. Bey sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”, a song featured in the Blockbuster film “Selma.” And she sang it WELL. But I gotta say-the performance was underwhelming. This performance was a prime example of why sometimes, Beyonce just needs to take a backseat and let Jesus take the wheel.
I don’t know if you guys know it or not, but Ledisi, who played Mahalia Jackson in the movie “Selma” sang the song for the soundtrack. And instead of letting Ledisi sing the song, and get her rightfully earned TWO minutes of air time, Queen Bey thought it appropriate to perform the song herself. She opened John Legend and Common’s set that night, as they prepared to perform “Glory.”
Can I just say, this is the most self serving thing a person could do. When asked why she wasn’t singing the song, Ledisi, who was just as confused as I was, had this to say:
“I have no clue. What I will say and what I’m excited about is that I had the pleasure of playing an iconic figure in Selma, and the song, ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord,’ it’s been going on forever – starting with the queen Mahalia [Jackson], the queen of soul Aretha Franklin,”she told Entertainment Tonight.
Classy. Classy AF.
Then when John Legend was confronted about the controversy, he too seemed to be trying to find the right words to say:
“We were actually approached by Beyonce. She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us,” Legend told Kevin. “You don’t really say no to Beyonce if she asks to perform with you.”
Listen, I think we can all agree that Beyonce has enough exposure. She has enough Grammys, she’s done enough performances, and sang enough songs. She should have sat DOWN and enjoyed Ledisi’s rendition of the song. She would’ve had us passing out in our living rooms, and speaking in tongues. Beyonce… simply didn’t deliver.
After the guilt set in, Beyonce made an 8 minute video explaining why she wanted to perform the song. Here is a quote from the video:
“My grandparents marched with Dr. King. My father was a part of the first generation of Black men that attended an all-White school. My father has grown up with a lot of trauma from those experiences. I feel like now I can sing for his pain. I can sing for my grandparents’ pain. I can sing for some of the families that have lost their sons.”
Beyonce, sis. I can’t side with you on this one. Ledisi has every right to feel some type of way. I hope she gets a another chance like this someday soon, and let’s pray that it isn’t snatched away from here AGAIN.
What do you guys think? Does Beyonce need to learn when to reel it in?