Beyoncé Reveals Deeper Meaning Behind Her Grammy Performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”
In a behind the scenes video released the day after her stunning Grammy performance Beyoncé reveals that “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” is more than just a song sharing the deeper meaning behind it all.
“My mother sang it to me and my mother played me Mahalia Jackson’s version. She sang the song with her eyes closed. She was a vessel, it was like God speaking, using her body to speak and to heal.”
“I wanted to find real men that have lived that have struggled, cried. Have a life and spirit about them. I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black people.”
“My grandparents marched with Dr King. And my father was 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. 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.”
Before she hit the stage, people were talking about the Beygency being at it again leading the Grammy’s to snub Ledisi in favor of Beyoncé. But we guess it wasn’t really that deep.
When ET’s Kevin Frazier spoke with Ledisi on the red carpet she told him, “What I will say and what I’m excited about is that I had the pleasure of playing an iconic figure inSelma, and the song, ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord,’ it’s been going on forever—starting with the queen Mahalia [Jackson], the queen of soul Aretha Franklin”
“Then I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyoncé. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history,” she continued.
What we learned from John Legend and Common, was that Beyoncé approached them about performing the song as an introduction to their performance and who really is going to tell her no?
“We were actually approached by Beyoncé. She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us,” Legend told Frazier. “You don’t really say no to Beyoncé if she asks to perform with you.”