It looks like Beyonce heard about the uproar surrounding her Grammys performance of “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and she has responded with a lengthy video explaining her motives for belting out the tune on the big stage Sunday night.
The singer who caught major backlash for insisting on performing the song instead of Ledisi, who sings it in the movie Selma and now she’s revealing the real reason she was dying to take the stage alongside John Legend and Common on music’s biggest night.
“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,” she says in the 8-minute video.
“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.”
In the video, she takes fans behind the scenes as she prepares for the performance and explains why he chose to have a throng of black men behind her as she sang the song.
Sounds like she was trying to make a bold political statement through her performance.
While she didn’t directly address Ledisi in the clip, Queen Bey does explain that Mama Tina sang the song to her as a child and constantly played Mahalia Jackson‘s version as well.
Go behind the scenes of the Grammy performance with Beyonce below: