Queen Bey’s Grammy Performance is Gold

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There is no doubt that Beyoncé Knowles’ Grammy performance was the one everyone was waiting for. Her music has the ability to connect with people across generations; from your younger sister to your grandmother, different genders, male or female. Who can possibly debate over Beyoncé’s talent?

If you deny Beyoncé’s talent, you must not have heard about her 62 Grammy nominations, including nine alone this year for her newest album, Lemonade. Her music conveys powerful messages about current events happening in society; something that Justin Bieber’s “Baby” or Taylor Swift’s “Trouble,” although great pajama party jam sessions, cannot touch. Queen B is so good that fellow artists (*cough* Kanye West *cough*) were willing to stand up for her on the Grammy stage as a result of her loss.

The way Jay Z looked at his wife after her performance validates the fact that it was nothing less than iconic. The message she chose was not focused on a strong political stance as everyone had thought, but rather a universal message on motherhood.

Tina Knowles introduced her gifted daughter, going right along with the theme. However, before the Queen herself gives us a chance to listen to her sweet, sweet voice, we are given a pretty lengthy introduction with images flooding the screen. Images of her daughter, Blue Ivy are played while a powerful message regarding motherhood is spoken. Knowles asks the audience to think about the pain their mothers had to endure in order to conceive them, and go back generations to understand how each woman in the family has left an impact on them today.

“All the loving I’ve been giving goes unnoticed…”.

Beyoncé hits us with “Love Drought.”

Dancers look like they are floating in the sky, and the lyrics convey a sad message. They push Knowles away from the fame, the bright lights, and the industry to be down to Earth with us. She doubts her relationship in the song: “If I wasn’t Bey would you still feel me?”

After “Love Drought,” she is left onstage alone; just her and the piano. The audience, in that moment, know that it isn’t about the 62 Grammy Nominations or the one million copies of Lemonade sold, it is about spreading the message that Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph stated after receiving his message: “ANYONE from ANYWHERE can do ANYTHING.”

Beyoncé Knowles from Houston, Texas…

Beyoncé Knowles, daughter of a hairdresser…

Beyoncé Knowles of both African American and Creole descent…

Beyoncé Knowles of Columbia Records…

Beyoncé Knowles, 20-time and pending more Grammy award winner…

…is a mother, a daughter, and just one of us.


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