Beyoncé Reveals The Political Message Behind “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” Grammys Performance

Beyoncé has shared a behind-the-scenes video of last night’s performance of  “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” at the Grammys. The clip features Beyoncé talking about why she chose the all-male choir.

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“I wanted to find real men that have lived, have struggled, cried and have a light and a spirit about them,” said Beyoncé. “I felt like this is be an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men.”

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“My grandparents marched with Dr. King, and my father was part of the first generation of black men that attended an all-white school,” Beyoncé adds. “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.” 

The members of the choir talk about the importance of the performance in the face of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the debate around police brutality.