“Do you remember being born?” Beyonce breathes to the audience at the opening of her performance at the 59th Grammys Awards. After being introduced by her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, Beyonce opened her performance with a tribute to motherhood and women. She performed two songs from her Lemonade album, “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles”.
Even without winning the album of the year award, Beyonce swept her audience away with her captivating performance. Alluding to powerful mythological and spiritual female deities, Beyonce’s presentation and performance was an ode to the majesty of women. Her custom-made dress was designed by Peter Dundas for his new collection and, alongside her set design, was a metaphor to these various female deities.
Bey’s vocals were flawless, even as she pulled off a gravity-defying chair act as she leaned herself back on a tilted levitating chair. Later, when Beyonce picked up the award for best urban contemporary album, she explained the inspiration for making Lemonade:
“My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable.”
She continued on to explain how, “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 in 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. This is something I want for every child of every race.”
Adele, winner of the Album of the Year award, dedicated her speech to Beyonce, saying she could not possibly accept the award because she believed the ‘Formation’ singer was more deserving. Adele emotionally proclaimed to the audience during her speech that: “I’m very humble and gracious but the artist of my life is Beyonce and the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring.”