Why Beyonce Was Wrong as Hell for Singing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammys


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?


5 thoughts on “Why Beyonce Was Wrong as Hell for Singing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammys

  1. i feel Beyoncé was wrong regardless of her background reasons. Ledisi who is my favorite female singer should have sung the song. Not because she’s my favorite but because she performed the song in “Selma”. If Beyoncé wanted to introduce Legend and Common, she could have introduce them, along with Ledisi,as being the next to perform. Beyoncé was indeed underwhelming.

  2. Every situation isn’t a simple wrong or right.

    1) Ledisi was never in the running to perform that song at the Grammy’s. It’s not like Beyoncé called the Grammy board and said ” hey I know Ledisi is suppose to sing but kick her to the curb” . She didn’t steal anything from that woman. You can’t take something from someone if they never had it it in the first place .

    2) Ledisi does not own that song. Can we please stop acting like Beyoncé took a song off of Ledisi album and performed it. Beyoncé did her rendition just like Ledisi did her own rendition.

    3) Ledisi did do a better rendition. Beyoncé wasn’t horrible , her voice just isn’t made for that type of gospel song. There are other hymns that may fit her voice .

    4) John legend and common are more to blame than damn Beyoncé . They know Ledisi and while Beyoncé brought the idea to them they could suggested to Beyoncé to include Ledisi . Nobody was thinking about her.

    5) it’s a matter of star power. Would people be just as upset if they had chosen Yolanda Adams or another well known gospel singer or a Jennifer Hudson or heck if they pulled the ultimate and got Lauren Hill. I mean I’m sure those names could match or out due Ledisi performance. Ask yourself if the last performance of the night wasn’t Common and John , but just Ledisi singing “take my hand” would you or the same amount of ppl who stayed up to watch the Grammys until it’s 11:30pm end, have stayed tuned?

    I’m not saying Beyoncé couldn’t have handled the situation better but can we stop acting like its the end of Ledisi or Beyoncé is the worst person ever for that decision . Heck I think Ledisi gain more publicity for this incident than she would have if she performed. Now people want to hear her version to compare.

  3. While Precious Lord Take My Hand is a song that every singer would love to do, every singer CAN’T! Uh oh Uh oh Uh oh Uh oh, perhaps that was not what Queen lower case b should have done. Ego is a terrible thing most of the time. Power is only useful when one knows what to do with it. So sad…

  4. Ledisi was never in the running to perform that song at the Grammy’s.

    But we really don’t know that. I won’t be surprised if they threw Ledisi under the bus. And yes they could have said no. They had the power to choose who performed with them. The main acts have that control. They were just some straight up punks.

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