The Daily Buzz: Ledisi Comments on Grammy Snub + Beyoncé Shares Why She Agreed to Perform ‘Selma’ Tribute

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There were a few controversial moments at this year’s Grammy Awards that left Black folks in fumes, but nothing stung quite like Beyoncé‘s performance of the classic gospel track, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” over soul-singer Ledisi—who actually sang the song in the film Selma, which was the basis of Bey’s tribute performance anyway. (Backwards.)

Although Ledisi was sitting right smack-dab in the audience during the show, she had to watch Mrs. Carter make her best attempt at capturing the soul, pain and power that a song like “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” embodies. (Sorry BeyHivers. Bey is bad but her voice is way too light for a song like that. Still, I’ll give her an “E” for “ehh, maybe next time.”)

What did Ledisi have to say about this painful slap-in-the-face? While her fans (and even non-fans who recognize a grimy low-blow when they see one) caused mayhem on Twitter, the vocal powerhouse told the Associated Press she was “a little disappointed” but understood why Bey was chosen. She went on to add:

“I was able to portray an iconic gospel singer, the queen of gospel, Mahalia Jackson. I sang the version she sang, take my hand as well with Thomas Dorsey writing it and now we get to see Beyoncé sing a song that’s been living forever and to her generation,” she said. “It’s great. I’m part of a legacy of great women and the Queen of Soul [Aretha Franklin] sang it as well. So I’m a part of that.”

Aww, such a lady. (But don’t worry girl, I’ll handle the ratchedness for you: that was some straight mothaf#%kin’ b#!!sh*t!)

To clear things up on her end, Beyoncé released behind-the-scenes footage of her performance rehearsal, where she explained why she felt compelled to partake in the Selma tribute at the Grammys (which also featured Common and John Legend performing their rousing track “Glory.”)

“My grandparents marched with Dr. King,” she said. “My grandfather was a part of the first generation that attended the 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.” (Rolls eyes.)

Source: Vibe & Huffington Post

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