Before taking the stage to perform her soulful version “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammy Awards last Sunday, queen of R&B Beyonce and the men’s choir who performed with her took the time to do some introspection and look inside of themselves for the meaning of the song as they try and relate it to their own personal lives and that of African-American movement.
In the clip below, it shows some clips from the backstage from the rehearsal at the pre-show and the members of the men’s choir who shared the stage with Beyonce shared some of their personal stories with racism and their aspirations for a better life and treatment for the black community in the coming generation. Beyonce also revealed some pieces of her family’s history. She told the story of how her grandparents went and marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and that her father was one of the first black kids to be able to attend a school populated by white children.
She further said that singing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” has allowed to feel and sing for the pains they all experienced. She also added that she hopes that this song can reach those families that have lost their sons.
But it wasn’t just Beyonce who made a reference to the movement of #BlackLivesMatter at the show last Sunday. Pharrell, who performed his Grammy winning song “Happy,” made the hands up don’t shoot reference as part of his choreography. Meanwhile, Prince, during his speech as a presenter, said that albums matter, just like books, just like black lives.
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