Before taking the stage for her much anticipated performance, the superstar was introduced by her mom, Tina Lawson. “I’m blessed to have daughters, wonderful daughters, all of whom make me proud,” said the mom of her two GRAMMY winners ( Solange nabbed her first GRAMMY, Best R&B Performance for “Cranes in the Sky” before the televised ceremony started).
She went on, “What makes me most proud, and why I’m here tonight to introduce Beyoncé, is the devotion and love I see in her for her daughter.” Cradling her baby bump, the “Formation” singer appeared on stage as Tina, Jay Z and Blue Ivy rooted for her from the front row.
After opening with lines of poetry by Warsan Shire that are featured on Lemonade (“You look nothing like your mother / You look everything like your mother”), she sang “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” slower tracks from the latter half of the album.
Gone are the days of Sasha Fierce – and her choreography – while the performer is pregnant. Unlike her world tours and epic turns at the Super Bowl, the GRAMMYs saw a more demure Bey. Dressed in head-to-toe gold, including a light-catching crown of roses, the singer slowly navigated her way through different scenes featuring female dancers. Her performance ended with Shire’s spoken word again. “One thousand girls raise their arms … If we’re going to heal, let it be glorious.”
Motherhood and inspiring the next generation were also part of the singer’s message when she accepted the Best Urban Contemporary Album prize for Lemonade. After thanking “my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter,” she mentioned “everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep southern culture,” on the movie that accompanied the album.
Jay Z and Blue Ivy cheered Beyonce on from the front row.
“It’s important to 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 own families, as well as 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.” She continued, “This is something I want for every child of every race.” Not only were her performance and acceptance speech a hit with viewers at home, but they both had Blue Ivy on her feet!