The most anticipated moment of the 59th Grammy Awards was clearly Beyoncé‘s performance, and once again Queen Bey ruled the Grammy stage.
For her first appearance since the announcement that she is pregnant with twins, Yoncé dominated with a medley performance that celebrated motherhood.
Introduced by her mother Tina Lawson, Bey appeared on stage wearing a golden crown-like headdress and showing off her double baby bump. Her set began with a spoken word intro reflective of Lemonade before she launched into “Love Drought,” followed by the emotional “Sandcastles” as Beyoncé belted out the lyrics while sitting in a chair with her hand over her stomach.
The superstar led all nominees with nine this year and won Best Music Video with “Formation” before the show started. During the show, she also won Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.
“Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor,” she said, before thanking her collaborators, God, husband, and daughter. “We all experience pain and loss and often, we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, darkness, and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their families, as well the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, The White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent, and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race.”
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