Much to the surprise of the world, Beyoncé performed a nine-minute set at the 59th annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday.
The singer performed a medley of Love Drought and Sandcastles, both songs from her latest visual album Lemonade. Throughout her performance, the superstar wore a golden crown and while she slowly went backwards on a gravity defying chair, she was surrounded by a marathon of dancers.
Beyoncé’s performance had not been officially announced before she was introduced onto stage by her mother Tina Knowles.
Queen Bey also walked away with two Grammys out of the nine that she was nominated for. She received Best Music Video for Formation, and she also received best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.
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In her speech, she gave us some insight on her inspiration for Lemonade.
“My intention for the film and the 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,” the singer said.
“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,” Beyonce concluded.
Watch Beyonce’s moving performance at the Grammys for yourself below: