Why I Can’t Get Excited About Beyoncé Performing At The Grammys This Weekend

February 5, 2015  |  

Why I Can't Get Excited About Beyoncé Performing At The Grammys This Weekend

I had a feeling Beyoncé was going to come through at this year’s Grammy Awards. I just had a feeling. And turns out my intuition was on point, once again. And even though I looove to be right, I feel a way about the way this is going down.

I’ll explain; but first, the receipts.

Everyday this week, we’ve been learning who was and wasn’t performing. On the no list: Taylor Swift. On the yes list: Kanye West, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and Mary J Blige (together), Ariana Grande, Common and John Legend.

In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Common spilled the tea, confirming that Beyoncé would take the stage as well. Here’s what he said:

“We do have an incredible introduction to our performance. A segue into our song ‘Glory,’ as a tribute to Selma, being done by the great Beyoncé. That’s one of the greatest talents you can have, helping us segue into it. To co-create a performance with someone like her. It’s good.” 

If y’all don’t know, I love Beyoncé. I love her albums, she seems like a nice person, I defend her against people who are hellbent on denying her very real and glaring greatness. She literally inspires me.

But with all that being said, I feel a way about her performing with Common and John Legend.

According to Billboard, Bey will perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord” to honor Selma. Like, I said I ride for Bey and even though this is a tall order to fill, considering gospel great Mahalia Jackson sang it so memorably, I think she can do it. That’s not the issue.

If you’ve seen the movie Selma, you know that there is a scene in which David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, calls Ledisi, who portrays Mahalia Jackson, and she sings this very song to him. And Ledisi sang that song. I’m not one of those people who believes we only have room for one “fave.” If you’ve found yourself sleeping on Ledisi for far too long, in my best Dap from School Daze voice, “WAKE UP!” Her honeyed rich vocals and impeccable scatting abilities are unmatched in the industry.

And considering the fact that she actually starred in the movie Selma, along with Common, it only seems right that she would be the one to perform this song on this “great” stage.

But apparently, the industry doesn’t work like that.

At the end of the day, Beyoncé is a much bigger name. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that, with her light skin and straight hair, Bey Bey fits more neatly into the mainstream mold of beauty. But that’s not her fault. Genetics do what they do. I don’t even think Beyoncé is at fault for accepting the invitation to perform the song. Hell, if they asked me to perform “Take My Hand Precious Lord,” I might get up there and do a Negro spiritual hum. Who wouldn’t want to be associated with this classic and beautifully-made film?

But why couldn’t the two sing together, with Ledisi singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and Beyoncé singing… something else?

Anything else is just shady boots.

Judging by Ledisi’s Instagram, which I do follow, I know that she’s in LA for Grammy week and she’s also nominated for Best R&B performance of her song “Like This.” So there is absolutely no reason, other than exposure and industry shadiness, to keep her from doing what she consistently does, deliver a goose bump inducing and memorable vocal performance.

Basically, this should have been Ledisi’s moment.

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  • Rocktivity

    I still say that was a jack move by a selfish, insecure diva who feared being drowned out by headlines about how Ledisi’s star had been born. I applaud Mme Noir’s having the courage to call Z-oncye on it.

  • Wow, the conversation below escalated pretty quickly…

  • rb18

    He also wrote many more gospel songs, he was the go to man that started gospel music, you are right.

  • rb18

    Even if mainstream wanted Beyoncé could have declined and up lifted a sister in music by saying I think Ledisi should do it. She has the clout to do that. Most of Beyoncé music is sung for mainstream. She don’t sing spiritual or gospel music. I have seen Ledisi do it blow the walls off singing gospel music. We need to point the finger at the person who could have stop this, and that is Beyoncé. She could not hold a candle to Ledisi voice, she is a great entertainer but not a great singer. She is a nice person, but she made a big mistake to take this opportunity from another Artist that she could have supported. Beyoncé did not need this accolade. What they are doing now is having us to take out each other.

  • tooprettyforu

    they did NOT ask that tart she asked them, john legend said so

  • it’s about professional courtesy, the people behind the scenes are not in touch with the scenes, they merely count dollars, it was on Beyonce’ to say ‘no, I’ll defer to Ledesi on that number, it’s her moment, I’m not going to participate in denying her that’ it’s not like Beyonce’ is trying to come up, she is already on top, she can afford to stretch down and help other sisters up the ladder…karma will have the last say…

  • Eyve

    I totally agree! B
    BEYONCE IS a great singer but it is time for her like all the other greats move over and let the spotlight fall where it should rightfully and stop hogging the glory!

  • knightfly28

    Please stop whining and wasting salt on this nonsense non story and pour it on a pot of good ole collard greens.

  • woodarddi

    Okay everybody, let’s keep it 100. Beyoncé has and probably will always out sell Ledisi. It’s simple, the Grammys are about number and numbers don’t lie. This does not have to be anything against Ledisi, even though I personally am not checking for her. Beyoncé is a bigger star. Get over it. Artist have to deal with this every day. What’s so hard to understand about Beyoncé having juice and being a bigger celebrity. Don’t you there were artist that had to take a seat to Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston? It’s the nature of the business. That’s all folks! Nothing else to see here. Hey, you all want to see Ledisi, go see her wherever if she’s performing anywhere.

  • Dorothy Goldsmith

    First your video does not play and second I totally disagree! B can Sing What ever and when ever she is requested to sing, you do not matter you and your opinion is just that, nothing of fact or matter.

  • Yvonne Watkins

    As expected, Beyonce’s performance was totally underwhelming.

  • shay

    I’m sorry Beyoncé has some ownership in this decision. She wanted to sing the song. According to John Legend, Beyoncé approached producers. Of course, they said yes. It was shady from the start. However, Ledisi handled the situation with class and grace. I like Beyoncé but she could have allowed Ledisi to shine last night. Shady Boots!!!!!!!!

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  • tracy

    Everyone should remember that its not Beyonce’s real hair and her real hair is not straight, its kinky. I guess Beyonce has worn caucasian hair so long people think it is hers. I do not agree with the author about her having light skin and straight fake hair. I think its Beyonces celebrity star power that she is singing, Precious Lorde. I think Lauren Hill dark and naturally kinky haired would have been asked to sing at the Grammys too, if she were still singing.

    • tracy

      Glady’s Night, Patti Labelle, Dianna Ross, Donna Summer, were all dark women with HUGE starpower, it’s really not a dark and light issue. It is an attractiveness and starpower issue.

      • tracy

        And lets face it, Ledesi is alot less atractive to look at.

    • tracy

      Whitney Houston was dark brown and gorgeous.

  • Robin Frank-Brooks

    Totally agree with this article. One point to note, from my understanding Bey approached Common and John Legend and asked to sing it for their opening and Johnny boy said something to the effect of when Beyoncé asks, you don’t turn her down. In this case they should have politely declined.

  • pamela

    She wasn’t invited to sing the song. She asked to sing it, which makes it even worse.

  • Robbie

    First of all, John Legend stated
    that Bey approached them about singing it so it wasn’t that she gracefully accepted! She was wrong from taking Ledisi shine from the beginning

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  • Guesting

    Well, who made that she-devil into the attention-whore, limelight-stealing h03 that she is? You ratchet-4ss BIRDS. Deal with it. That’s why Beck beat Phonyonce. God truly DOESN’T like ugly!

    • yareYOUsoserious

      I rolled my eyes and turned my dvr on. There was nothing authentic about her singing that song.

  • Troy D. Davidson

    Not only do I agree, and after I saw the performance, i thought to myself. Seriously?!!!! In that scantily see-through mesh?!!! Really. Over done, drama filled…as a tribute to Selma…have you SEEN Mahalia Jackson stand flat-footed and eloquently give praise to HIM versus herself?!!!! This was a disappointment by all involved in not having Ledisi sing the song and do it and praise justice. Another Beyonce’ carjacking a vessel to self-promote. Enough already! Ledisi’s response was impeccable though.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    After reading Ledisi’s statement about not singing this song at the Grammys, she is a big person, a true shining star in every sense of the word! Karma.

  • lucey1

    Beyonce is the one that asked according to John Legend. That was rude as ish and I feel so bad for Ledisi who had to sit there and watch. I’m more disappointed in John and Common for not standing up for Ledisi. Just foul all the way around.

  • Vdub2014

    I used to be a Bey fan but now her music just doesn’t have substance. To have her win for Drunk in Love and then let her do a gospel intro for a song instead of the artist from the movie is mind boggling. LOL at straight hair and light skin. Don’t forget that phony smile she has pasted on in every picture. Ughh beat producers are winning. It’s no longer about the lyrics or substance of a song. More about popularity and how good the beat is in the club.

    • yareYOUsoserious

      That smile irritated me to no end last night. She smizes a lot. And I like her too but it just didn’t do it for me.

  • Mieka

    Beyonce did her thing. Definitely got goose bumps. Love Ledisi, but Bey did not disappoint.

  • Michelle

    Well, I think John Legend has added more gasoline to the fire. He was doing a pre-Grammy, red carpet interview, when the interviewer asked him why Ledisi was not performing with them tonight. John told the reporter that Beyoncé ASKED to be a part of the “Selma” Grammy performance and she wanted to sing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”. And he then stated that they wanted her to perform.
    So, if this is true, then there’s no “industry politics” from the show’s producers.
    I do feel bad for Ledisi. Sure, she did tweet out that she was grateful for the nomination and everything, but it must sting just a little. I know a few folks who said that she is probably okay with it, ever since she didn’t tweet anything. But truth of the matter is: what can she say without having some kind of negative backlash?
    I wouldn’t be surprise if the producers of the BET Awards asks Ledisi to perform this song at this year’s ceremony, for their gospel portion.

  • True

    Beyonce, John Legend AND Common are all trifling for this! You gonna have Ledisi sit in the audience while some lightskin, blonde, Creole sings her son?!? Yet you wanna be down to the Ferguson marches talking about #BlackLivesMatter and equality. Here you had the opportunity to stand up and DEMAND that Ledisi sing her own song and get some shine!! And this is Oprah’s movie… where is she at??? Everybody is trifling on this one… every damn body.

  • boycotting grammys

    Sing together? Absolutely not! Ledisi did not need Beyonce’s assistance when playing the part or recording the song. Yes, Beyonce is beautiful and can sing her tail off but in no way is it right for her to accept this gig. It is also wrong for Common to promote it as something better than the original set up. Shame on all of them.

  • CB

    I’m sick of Beyoncé. She is over rated. The Grammy is known for shade. It is a White person show. Hardly any Blacks be on it anymore. The Grammy is boring. Thank the Lord for the BET awards.. Everyone know Beyoncé can sing, but Ledisi sang.

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  • Carter007

    Personally, I don’t think its that serious and people are making more of this than it truly is. This happens all the time. I would expect Bey to be bumped if it was Aretha The Grammy’s wanted to perform. Beyonce is considered a superstar, whether you’re a fan or not, her music, fashion line and perfume sales, plus her international recognition and historic record album and concert sales and accomplishments makes HER the bigger star. Rightly so. Ledisi understands how the industry works, as does most artists. We as fans take these decisions personally and that’s the problem; its NOT personal, its business. IJS

  • nick

    They want to see Bey in all her glory than Ledisi, the dread headed sister two shades darker, the girl who made the song in ‘Selma’…I remember how when Taylor Swift was clowned by Kanye..it was Bey who said she should have ‘her moment’….I think Ledisi should’ve been given the same chance

    • HmmmIJS

      True indeed. Stand for something or fall for anything.

  • nick

    Yeah, not cool. I mean if Ledisi did the song in the movie, she should do it on the stage…Bey’s popularity should have nothing to do with it..she is an R&B success in her own right, just because ‘they’ don’t know it, doesn’t diminish her accomplishments…she has every right to have her moment. It’s not about what’s popular, its about what’s right, but of course the Grammy’s don’t know anything about doing the right thing…I’m not interested in watching her get like Mahalia/Ledisi and sing this song….

  • mikki21

    Its the same thing when she sang Etta James song at the white house. Why not have ETTA JAMES SING HER OWN SONG??????

  • VinnyMaruggi

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  • nicemonkeys

    Same here

  • chinuex

    Thank you for sharing what I’m feeling. Ledisi deserves her due, and yes she could have sang Precious Lord at the beginning, and Bey could have sang something else at the end. Common and Legend should have been more supportive and stepped up. This is just another example of how DOG EAT DOG the entertainment industry is! Shame

  • SF

    Now the Grammys know they are all the way wrong for this and as a professional, Beyonce should actually have declined and directed them to Ledisi cause y’all know she (and Jay) would have cut an entire fool if they were doing a tribute to Dreamgirls and brought someone else in to do the song she did on the movie…IJS sometimes it should be about professional courtesy and not money or stage time – she doesn’t need either…

  • AndTheTruthIs

    What people need to understand is that its about what sells and about tv ratings. Nobody is going to put someone like Ledisi on when there will be millions of people watching. There are looking for mainstream artist. Its quite simple. Beyoncé is mainstream and Ledisi is not. So please stop looking for a mainstream award show to broadcast somebody that millions of people across this country wont be able to identify. They would loose half of their viewers if they didn’t go with Beyoncé and went with the other girl. No disrespect but I know Beyonce and so does the world. But the world doesn’t know Ledisi. C’mon, this is obvious.

  • louise_1

    It is so irritating that she will be performing. As soon as she hears rihanna then here she comes wanting to take over. I won’t be watching grammy this year if that tramp Beyonce will be on. Gosh I hate her. She knows sam smith is the highlight.

    • knj1022

      How do you hate someone you don’t know personally?

      • DirtyDiana87

        Do you know her? O__O

        • knj1022

          Nope

      • louise_1

        For starters how do you know who I know. And when it comes to people like her with no morals its quite easy.

        • knj1022

          You sound positively insane. Carry on though lol.

          • louise_1

            Takes one to know one. Fruity.

        • knj1022

          Not sure as to how you know this person has no morals. Whatever

  • I’ve Lost My Smile

    Yeah I’m going to join the Ledisi crowd on this seems a better fit rather than just throwing Bey out there just for the sake of throwing her in there.

  • deborah

    Ledisi for real!!!!!! are you serious

  • deborah

    There is room enough for everyone what happened to just being supportive to who ever performs, this thing with I should be the one, to God be the Glory,!!!!!

  • Kennard Lilly

    “I had a feeling Beyoncé was going to come through at this year’s Grammy Awards.” I wonder if that had ANYTHING to do with the fact that she’s the most nominated artist of the night?

    • Kels99

      And yet she’s not performing any thing from her album since she only had one hit off of it. Hence, her taking Ledisi’s spot.

      • Kennard Lilly

        Guess you missed last years show when she opened with ‘Drunk in Love’ No one could “take Ledisi’s spot” if it was truly hers. Don’t you know that what’s YOUR blessing is YOUR blessing?

  • Sicko

    Yeah that is actually a slap in the face to Ledisi…She played Mahalia Jackson in the movie and was on the soundtrack but when it is time to do the song live you go get somebody else? WOW! Likely the Grammy Call on this one, wanting to get Beyonce on Stage because she will likely have a big night and it would be silly if she win awards and doesn’t perform but damn that is WRONG! I hope it is no extra politics in all this as far as “Her Look Not Being Good Enough” or some BS like that because you know how that Industry Is Sadly! SMH…

  • CoCoLatte700

    Agree 1,000 percent. And besides, didn’t we already have all Beyonce all the time at last year’s Grammy’s? Most definitely Ledisi should have been plucked to sing it and Beyonce could have done one of her whatever she be doing these days. Not hating. Bey is gifted and talented and all that. But so is Ledisi. And it would have introduced her to a legion more fans. Not for nothing, but I wouldn’t mind it if Bey took a 6 month break. It’s like overdose now. We get it. But yeah, I’m with you on that. and HmmmIJS – mainstream doesn’t know what it wants to hear. Radio DECIDES what mainstream hears. Why do you think everyone went all crazy when Adele came out? There’s thousands of singers like Adele, just not everybody gets a chance to get a shot like Adele. Sam Smith? Awesome, but I know a good handful of brothers who can smoke him in the soul singing department and you’ve never heard of them. So no, mainstream listens to what it is fed. If Ledisi was in constant down your throat rotation like Beyonce is, we’d all be listening to her more often. Just the truth.

  • Sharifa Daniels

    I totally agree with all parts of your argument. Ledisi should perform the song she SANG in the movie but the way politics are set up she doesn’t fit the mold of the Grammys, I mean Macklemore did beat Kendrick Lamar out of Best Rap Album, Rap Performance, and Rap Song. So having a women that’s darker skin with locs is a complete no no to the Grammy committee. However, you never know what Common, John Legend, and Bey have up their sleeves. I love all three artist and I think they may surprise everyone and invite her to sing, which I would really be here for!

  • BruceWayne4488

    I’ve been a BeeHive member since 97 n I totally agree. No shade, jus truth. Respect. 🙂

  • DJPrince Ice YOUR DJ

    This is a true post based on what the industry does. They could care less of who you’re a fan of. They’ve seen the movie and know who sang what. What happens behind the scenes is those in charge decide what artist will draw viewers to the show. Both Beyoncé & Ledisi are GREAT! That’s the politics of the business at work unfortunately. So let’s all as fans of one or both maintain that respect, but be aware of the operations of the music industry. Peace & love.

  • DaTruf

    That’s why I don’t watch any of these “awards shows”. They are a product of their industry. Fake as all hell. Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes. They all are pop culture mutual masturbation societies. If these people cared about “art” then they would feature more actual artists. REAL artists. And this is not me coming for Beyonce’ because I have more than a few of her jams on my playlists, but Beyonce is what they want: Hollywood. These awards shows want Hollywood and ratings. Not art.

  • JCoffee

    Yall hat’inn on B..even brought up light skin/dark skin..self hate must stop. B is not in Ledisi’s way. Her stature casts a shadow on all of them. I love Ledisi (from The Town). Let Ledisi speak for herself, she is more than capable…SMH at you new age “Negroes”.

  • joro

    I won’t have an elongate debate on this because it’s self explanatory. Ledisi is, a gorgeous exceptional singer, but since this is the Grammy’s, she does not meet the status quote in their eyes. Beyonce is the light skin Individual of choice. I find it odd considering Ledisi was in the movie. Overall both are wonderful singers, but in agreement Ledisi deserves to do the performance.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    The Grammys have ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT FOR BLACK PEOPLE. PERIOD. Any artist would have taken the spot, if Beyoncé hadn’t. This is the Grammy’s strategy, even if it
    was Beyoncé’s wish, they made the decision. I agree she could have performed
    anything from a show tune to something of from own music catalog. After erasing
    us from R&B, and seriously working on Hip Hop, last year not giving Tamar
    not one Grammy for her R&B album, I was through, and won’t be watching this
    year, no matter how many colored people they have perform. There is so much
    going on (power struggles, divides for women and minorities), but of course,
    people are sleeping! People, this is an INSULT!!!

  • helpme2understand

    If the GP care so much about Ledisi performing,remove Rihanna, Kanye and Paul to let Ledisi have their spot. I’m here for bey, john legend, common and mary j.

    • VinnyMaruggi

      sistah she is too dark and offensive looking for that. white people will not be pleased to see her.

  • Kris

    Are you kidding. Beyoncé is one of the most sought out singers to date.Do you know how much the Grammys will get in ratings and the network get money just from saying Beyoncé is performing. This is the entertainment world. And most people honestly, believe it or not would rather see Beyonce perform. And her having wigs or weaves or being fair skin has nothing to do with it. If so say that to Lupida who has an Oscar and Missy Elliot who performed at the Super Bowl. Beyoncé is smart, see you don’t see her performing everywhere anymore, that is because she is a huge artist and is in demand. So when she does perform everyone will tune in. ………..

  • Calvin375

    So I see MadameNoire is also BIAS in their journalism. I guess they did not like my critique of their article. Was it because I’d stated that I will not watch the Grammys”? Because I’m not. Was it when I’d stated that I’m done with the “hip hop ” music industry? Or was it when I’d stated that Beyoncé’s so called “straight hair” is enhanced by chemical solutions, weaves, lace front wigs and pieces? What did you find objectionable MadameNoire? What did I state that hasn’t been already stated and commented on several times over?

  • FreshSpunk

    common is weak for having agreed to this.

    • Calvin375

      Absolutely!!!

  • shell

    Well, I wasn’t planning to watch it any way; I find award shows silly. But I think this is more of a consolation prize because Beyonce wasn’t nominated in any of the top categories except for album of the year and it’s a long shot if she gets it. She nominated in the R&B and Urban categories but those arent’ televised so she wants to be on stage and or she’s not coming. She does this to BET every year. It’s a well known secret that a lot of A-list celebrities force the award shows to tell if they won anything or they’re will not attend. I think this is the Grammy’s way of kissing her butt to make sure she attends. The entertainment industry is like high school; it all a big popularity contest.

  • Phoebe Pasdesignz Stewart

    If anyone has heard Ledisi cover Teena Marie’s “Out On A Limb”, you will get instant goosebumps. Too many people sleep on her…

  • Phoebe Pasdesignz Stewart

    This is so unfair to Ledisi, ESPECIALLY since she was ACTUALLY SINGING THIS SONG IN THE MOVIE!!!!! Shame on The Grammy Awards & shame on Beyoncé for not insisting on Ledisi being given her time to shine!!!! How fame hungry can you get??? I like Beyoncé but this is a low blow!!!!

  • LanaDelReyFan

    Blah blah blah. Nobody knows lettucey. Bey will slay

    • Calvin375

      Another trained MONKEY who doesn’t know real music!!!

      • LanaDelReyFan

        A trained monkey or a PAID monkey? Slayonce>Lettucey

        • Reading comprehension skills?

          Ummm he was talking about you. You’re the monkey in his comment.

          • LanaDelReyFan

            Well Ought ought ought *gorilla boice*

      • HmmmIJS

        lmao

  • Calvin375

    Beyoncé’s so-called “straight hair” is due to the assistance of “Dark n Lovely” creamy relaxer and Hawaiian/ Asian WEAVES!!! I’m done with today’s music industry!!! I will not be watching because of their apparent SHADINESS and BIASNESS!!! There is room for more than one to share the spotlight and this is Ledisi’s year!!!

  • Deb

    Precious Lord sang by WHO? I wont be watching. smh. It would mean so much more to have Ledisi do it. Mahalia would be honored, rightfully. Sick of this Illuminati strip club performer.

  • knj1022

    I wonder if all of these Ledsi fans have actually copped a single album of hers? I’ve never fully understood why nowadays people aren’t allowed to like more than one artist at a time. Now it’s # TeamBEY # TeamRIRI #Team CICI and so on…. To be part of a #Team you have to diss and talk negatively about other equally talented artists. If you don’t like a certain singer, fine, don’t listen to their music, don’t watch their videos, don’t attend their shows. It’s really quite simple. SMDH

  • Rev. Dana

    I do give some of the responsibility to Beyonce for accepting the invite. Stepping on another artist’s toes is disrespectful. Ledisi deserves the accolades and the stage for her work. Disappointed in Common’s view of this…”the great Beyonce”? Please?! Other very talented artists are pushed aside for the ordinary and same old same old. Creativity and responsibility calls for Ledisi to be represented here, not Beyonce!

  • Dee

    I totally agree with you. Ledisi can BLOW and she deserves to perform it. But awards shows are going down the toilet, especially with them nominating and giving awards to so many undeserving people. I guess they need Beyonce for ratings.

  • Tanya

    So tired of this over exposed ,self centered,greedy ,dried up chick. She did not sing this song or marched or stood up for anything that has to deal with injustice against blacks in this country. Ledisi sung this song and should be the person to do so for the Grammys . If she was half the woman ledesi is, she would politely decline. Guess Grammys don’t want a black woman who is naturally beautiful with her own hair. I semi liked Beyonce but after the etsy lawsuit and now this… Her true colors are showing. She’s not the greatest and is merely a household name. Having money doesn’t make you rich, what you do for other people and humanity does. Ledesi I hope you get the recognition you deserve because you are s great artist.

  • YEYE AKILIMALI FUNUA OLADE

    BLEACHING BEYONCE SHOULD NOT REPLACE OUR BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY LEDISI! THIS white/pale/standard of beauty must be resisted by all of us. BEYONCE IS A DISGRACE TO THE BLACK RACE ! WE MUST RESIST THIS ATI THANKS TO M/NOIRE FOR EXPOSING THIS!

  • Volvican

    You forgot to mention that it will actually be torturous. Bey in ‘I’m doing something important and serious’ mode is the most sanctimonious and cringeworthy display.

  • Rara

    Well music has different genres and if you are a gospel or soul singer then you will perform a certain way Beyonce is an RnB Pop artist so her performances should be relevant to that genre, which is why she dances her hips off and wears the extravagant outfits and flips her hair till the fan get wind of it but that’s the field of music she is in.I mean She has proven that she can also perform soulful songs as well, she can be a little too much at times but i mean she is a well established performer so just because she gyrates doesn’t mean she can’t give a soulful tear jerking performance, then she wouldn’t be Bee. As for Lesedi i mean she is absolutely brilliant and she will get her chance as well. Maybe she will go home with the Grammy and Bee will just go home with a good performance nod.

  • Steelergrl

    Explain to me how wanting to hear or see someone other than Beyonce makes one a hater. I like some of her songs, but I am not a fan. This does not make me a hater. There is so much good music that people are missing out on because radio/tv only spin the same 5 songs in rotation.

  • KEEPIN IT ALL THE WAY A HUNNID

    Some of you worship Beyonce, and it is SICKENING! Do y’all even defend yourselves the way y’all defend that women? Some of y’all be in abusive relationships and won’t even defend yourself (if it don’t apply let it fly), but you will defend Beyonce… who’s not even thinking about you or your dedication to her department of defense. TALKING TO THE BEEHIVE: NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE BEYONCE ALL DAY EVERY DAY. Clearly there’s other talented folks out there. The way some of y’all act… you would have thought she boo-boo’d gold and you was there to wipe her butt. Some of y’all just straight worship her, and she could NEVER do no wrong or have anything wrong said about her. It’s annoying to be called “hater” every time you say something that the beehive doesn’t agree with. I keep saying beehive, but what I really want to say are her STANS. What type of hold does that woman have on some of y’all?

  • mmmdot

    “But why couldn’t the two sing together, with Ledisi singing “Take My Hand Precious Lord” and Beyoncé singing… something else?” Girl yes. This should be Ledisi’s moment and if not they should AT LEAST be performing together. This seems like a combination of popularity contest and colorism. It isn’t based on who sung the song and made it what it was. It’s based on who’s popular for the moment. Which is sad. Why shouldn’t Ledisi get that kind of platform and public recognition for her OWN SONG?

  • Ly

    Thank you for this article. If Beyonce has any class as an artist, she would perform “Glory” and give Ledisi back the song she sang in the film. I’m curious to see if it happens. Praying!

  • mhartofficial

    I love me some Beyonce I really do…lord knows I love me some Beyonce. However, in terms of vocal ability Ledisi is the better singer while Beyonce is the more well-rounded entertainer. My thing is…Ledisi should be performing this song. Beyonce has absolutely nothing to do with the movie or song. Before you attack me…let’s ask ourselves (1) Would Beyonce’s career suffer if she didn’t perform this song and (2) Why would Beyonce agree to do this, but continuously preach about empowering women?
    Without a doubt, Ledisi should have this moment…people say they do not know who Ledisi is because things like this happens all the time to amazing singers like herself.
    If anything, Ledisi should sing the song, while Beyonce either performs 7/11 OR Crazy In Love (50 shades version) since that movie comes out the Friday after the Grammy’s air.

  • eestoomuch

    These mu fuccas!! Hmph!! Uhn, uhn, uhn!

  • Ebony

    Unfortunately the music industry doesn’t have Berry Gordys anymore. Back in the day you had to know how to sing. Light or dark, fake hair or real hair. Pretty or ugly.

  • Michelle

    I agree! Ledesi should be singing this. I love Bey and all, but she doesn’t give me that soulful kind of voice that Ledesi has. Smfh!

  • nicemonkeys

    Something wrong with African American, they always screaming how they didn’t get this, and how whites perceive them as less, or how we are not recognize enough, and how united we need to be. But the moment a black person reach the top…well they are the first to destroy the other African American. 276 comments, 70% of nothing but hate, and not so the kind on how you express a dislike because of legit reasons, but more of a hate of nonsense….Grow the hell up AA..

  • honeybee808

    Same thing happened when bey performed other performers’ award-winning songs at the oscars a few years back. hell, same thing happened when she performed etta james signature song at the inaugural ball, and we all know etta felt about that.

    it’s shame, but i guess it is what it is.

  • lisa

    I commend the writer of this blog, however its a little too late. People for over a decade have praised beyonce for every little thing she does , so since African Americans are only given one superstar at a time , its her time and will be until she decides to step down. Ledisi is dope but, that’s not enough , if the beyhive had it their way beyonce would be perform every song at the grammys , just the way it is.

  • LaLaMac

    Maybe Ledisi will pop-up as a surprise guest? Bey could make that happen.

  • Another way of looking at it

    I see your point but there is some positive… People wait to see Beyonce sing. This gives the movie exposure and gives the classic song exposure. Unfortunately, if Ledisi would sing, many would simply turn the channel or leave their seats. Selma did not get the amount of viewers in the theater… Beyonce might help that.

  • Beamer Beamer

    Interesting, you have a problem with light skinned Beyonce, but no problem with David Oyelowo playing MLK being that he is married to a white woman. Is there no talented black man who can play these parts who are not married to white women? Now I feel ya I think Ledisi can sing rings around Bey, but don’t be mad about one thing and not the other.

    • Lineysha S

      What does David O have to do with Beyonce? Why would we be mad at who he’s married to? The only thing that probably affect was his chance to get nominated for an Oscar.

  • msw

    the main reason is the que, or rating system. TV viewership is important for ratings. And I am a big Ledisi fan… but the fact is she is not a household name yet! Too bad the networks need the dollars over the talented woman who sang the song in the movie

  • djtorchMusic

    ” If you’ve found yourself sleeping on Ledisi for far too long, in my best Dap from School Daze voice, “WAKE UP!” Her honeyed rich vocals and impeccable scatting abilities are unmatched in the industry.

    Uhhh,

    Rachelle Ferrell would give her a run.

    Talk about someone who got slept on!!!

    But, I do agree that the music industry has turned into a “popularity contest.

    That’s why I don’t even bother watching the grammys. It’s too fake, a lot like billboard is.

  • Toria Dorsey

    I totally agree!

  • Lisa Johnson

    Beyonce….So over-rated.

  • Tete

    I agree also, when Ledisi sang” Precious Lord” in the movie Selma her voice move me to tears. Mahlia Jackson and Ledisi are both from Louisana. Ledisi has the complete right vibe for this song/ performance. The Grammy’s is wack, has always been wack. I want be tuning in.

  • gapeach0614

    I agree 110%. Before the beyhive attacks, I’d like voice an OPINION to say that I’m tired of seeing and hearing Beyonce. I would like to see more artists like Ledisi get more shine and opportunities to be in the forefront. There’s more to music than what’s made by women wearing fishnets and spandex onesies. Honestly Ledisi’s voice is much richer and will do the song more justice.

  • Rachel Murchison

    I have been a fan of Bey and I must say that she is an awesome performer. I don’t like a lot of her music these days…maybe because I am outgrowing it. I do, however, love Ledisi’s music. But I would say that they are in different categories, and Ledisi is certainly not the performer that Bey is. But like the author of this piece, I would rather see Ledisi in this particular setting. Now if we want to see a Tina Turner tribute, Bey would definitely be the one.

  • The Whammys, y’all, playing with Black America’s musical emotions since 1959

  • My Opinion

    I love Beyonce!! Can’t wait to see the performance.. Ledisi you mad because they didn’t ask you to sing the song? Like they say, Girl Bye!! Stop hatin!!

  • Christian

    Sadly i agree with you, I love Bey and I love Ledisi. I was confused also when i heard Bey would be performing i was like “why” lol but i digress.

  • miamac

    Why are you all tripping, especially this writer. If you have a pulse on reality, and writer you should, we know that they have always strategically use different artists to sing songs on a public and large platform such as the Grammy’s. Whether you want to admit it or not, Ledisi sales (tunes or concerts) and followers (social media metrics) are not groundbreaking. I absolutely love her voice but that is just my taste. I cannot force the world to ‘eat or drink’ Ledisi and I’m sure she can appreciate that. This performance is not about the artist but rather the song and movie and with it being Black History Month, what they mean. The goal is to reach and hopefully affect the masses. This is real business people.

  • Ladyday Forever

    Ledisi should do the song at the grammy’s that she did in Selma, Take My Hand Precious Lord. Period

  • Traci Gatewood

    Yes, yes, yes! I agree, Diana Ross did the same thing in the Wiz. Would I here “HOME” I think of Stefanie Mills not Ms. Ross

  • woodarddi

    Ledisi fans get over yourself! I am not running to turn my TV on for Ledisi, but I will run and turn it on for Beyoncé, and this is no disrespect to Ledisi. Beyoncé is a performer and Ledisi as a performer does nothing for me. Just because she sang in the movie does not mean she has to sing everything affiliated with it. That’s nonsense. I’m looking forward to seeing Beyoncé perform.

  • miamac

    It fault must be thrown, it should be us, the viewers, and not the artists themselves. WE ultimately dictate what we want to hear or see, whether in viewership or sells. It is not her ‘look or high-yellow stigma’ more than it is her popularity and acceptance by mainstream. The goal is to have the song ‘heard’ and appreciated on a big stage so….we then must make a decision to NOT HAVE THE SONG HEARD on this platform or to meet ‘them’ half-way so it will be heard by the masses which ‘benefits or satisfies both parties’, since viewership is meant to convert into sales, i.e. advertisement.

  • BWstopshamingeachother

    I am a Bey Stan. It would have been nice to see Ledisi perform but I am looking forward to seeing Bey shut it down. Why do you have to tear one down to build up the other? These comments shaming Beyonce based on her hair, skin and style is disgraceful. One can love neo soul while loving pop music. I can love Beyonce and love Ledisi and Chrisette. Solange has said don’t love her because she is the complete opposite of Beyonce. She said her and Bey are practically the same and are heavily influenced by each other. Rocking a weave instead of natural hair doesn’t make you less black. The shaming of black women by other black women has to stop. You don’t have to be a fan of Beyonce at all but to hate on her for what I said above is sad.

  • Anon46

    Beyonce is not the only black women who sings and, I know some will think this is blasphemy, but there are better singers than she. Yes, Ledisi doesn’t have “the look”
    so ahe gets screwed out of being able to perform the song she sang in the movie so that everyone can be entranced by the Second Coming. The Grammy’s are boring and the performances uninspiring, I last watched the show the year Whitney died only to see how they paid tribute.

  • Guest

    I am a Bey Stan. It would have been nice to see Ledisi perform but I am looking forward to seeing Bey shut it down. Why do you have to tear one down to build up the other? These comments shaming Beyonce based on her hair, skin and style is disgraceful. One can love neo soul while loving pop music. I can love Beyonce and love Ledisi and Chrisette. Solange has said don’t love her because she is the complete opposite of Beyonce. She said her and Bey are practically the same and are heavily influenced by each other. Rocking a weave instead of natural hair doesn’t make you less black. The shaming of black women by other black women has to stop. You don’t have to be a fan of Beyonce at all but to hate on her for what I said above is sad.

  • Kay

    I would trade all the singers that wave their hands in the air, holler and stomp around the stage half naked. For some of the original Motown style artists and music, any day of the week.

    • bwstopshamingeachother

      What is wrong with a grown woman embracing her sexuality?

  • Black Women Need to Do Better

    I knew her light skin color was part of the equation in this writers assessment. Black women love to tear each other down – especially those whom they secretly despise.

  • ettahall@gmail

    i am not sure why, bey is a good singer and has some years of singing . she has paved the way for other singer , i would just be glad she was ask. there was a time black women would not be ask. a lot of people would love to hear her both black and white. so why bring it to the media , they will take it and have people taking side, just be glad a sister was ask

  • Reah Idris

    Why can’t she say NO!!!??? When will anyone operate with INTEGRITY!!!!! They can’t do what we don’t allow!

  • Lee

    I also agree with this article but Mahalia Jackson is not the only one who sang Precious Lord for MLK (it was, I believe one of his favorites) so did Aretha. Not that Aretha should have been asked to sing it at the Grammy’s but check out her Amazing Grace album – it brings tears to your eyes. I’m not familiar with Ledisi – I’m still stuck in the music and singers I grew up with and no one now interest me particularly. I’m sure there are still talented people out there but . . . as far as Beyonce taking the spotlight, hey, she’s the supposed Queen right?

  • Agreed!!!! I love LEDISI and she totally deserves to be performing it.

  • ColorismIsReal

    This article should be titled ‘Attack of the Bitter Black (And I use black loosely since apparently Beyonce isn’t natural or black enough lol) Women’.

    • Just saying!!

      Please read the article before you type such ignorant comments. This all seems to have gone straight over your head.

    • PerfectImperfection

      lol these comments are crazy. I should have popped a bag of popcorn before clicking on this article.

  • mimi

    To get ledisi to at least join in on the performance

  • SummerBabi

    Well said! Absolutely agree! Bey should have taken a seat on this one. But then. It wouldn’t be Bey…her thirst is REAL! LOL! She’s got that Kim K thirst!

    • MizzReyRey .

      she needs to have a seat when common and oprah asked her to perform because you say so? WHO ARE YOU???!!! NOBODY!!!!!!!! don’t ever compare her to kim k either, who else u gonna compare to kim? michael next? how is her thirst real, remember she just needs to drop music w no promo and she’s breaking records. its not her fault, stop pushing ur insecurities onto her. your thirst is real…

  • mimi

    An online petition should be started

    • MizzReyRey .

      and watch it go nowhere because this is petty. no wonder nobody likes the black community, y’all try to tear ourselves down, nobody else does that. it starts w y’all lol

      • Just saying!!

        Right….supporting Ledisi is tearing the black community down. -_- please sit your simple-minded self down. You’re on every comment viscously defending a woman who doesn’t care about you and doesn’t know you exist and your stannish ways are showing.

  • a.b.

    As I read the threads, as well as the article, I do agree with the writer. Let somebody else shine and get the glory. Beyoncé isn’t the only one who can blow, because if you heard ledsi, you’ll understand what the writer is talking about. The writer isn’t tearing beyonce down, as one post stated. She never called beyonce out her name or anything; just simply saying, can somebody else shine for once, but if anybody knew beyonce, we all know she doesn’t like to share the spotlight, so oh well! Hopefully ledsi will get another moment.

    • MizzReyRey .

      See thats the problem, “if anybody knew beyonce, we all know she doesnt like to share the spotlight” WRONG!!!!!! first of all who is “we”? SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, you don’t represent anybody and thats why you people get called haters, you just made an attack on Beyonces character as a person. this woman has shared the spotlight with MANY people so there is nothing factual in that statement. just something a hater would say. She can shine, its not Beyonces fault that her name is what attracts attention

    • disqus_NCuVe2U88c

      Lol yes, it’s Beyonce’s fault for not telling the Grammy committee that she isn’t the one who deserves to perform the song. Lmao get real!

  • Ret2Go

    I agree MN. The mere fact that Ledisi is nominated this year and they chose Beyonce is disheartening. Ledisi should be singing with Common. Oh well.

  • maryannparrish

    I totally agree……

  • Virginia Alexander

    B only cares about HERSELF . B should have spoken up and still can . Give credit where it is due .

    • MizzReyRey .

      shut up! wtf are u even talking about? just because you said so? Ledisi didnt create the song! she was just announced to perform yesterday, you ppl need to chill with how angry you get when Beyonce is involved in something.

  • Just saying!!

    I completely agree with this. It’s the same reason they had Her sing “at last” at the inauguration even though Etta James is still alive!! That’s why I try to tell people just because only certain talent is being constantly shoved in your face doesn’t mean that’s the only talent that exists smdh. It’s sickening really. The world does not revolve around her so why do people act like it does?

    …and to be honest, with this new ratchet image/persona she has taken on, I would much rather her stick to her own performance than to be tryna sing a Mahalia classic.

    • MizzReyRey .

      nobody is acting like the world revolves around her WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU! theres tons of performers and YOU are that one that has a problem with HER! the black woman! y’all don’t even respect yourselves so no wonder why other cultures don’t respect you. Who cares what you would rather, your not the end all. She was singing ballads at oscars and church songs etc her entire career. She can do whatever she wants! she has range you don’t, she can be ratchet and still put on $1 mill earrings and sing at the white house. this grammy night is her night, Mahalia can sing at the oscars. let itgoooo! I’m so tired of the hating for her like dang. y’all are trying to tear this woman down its sickening!

      • Kate

        Does beyoncé pay you to come here and attack anyone who doesn’t like her? People are allowed to have their own opinions…

        Saying we think Ledisi should perform doesn’t offend beyoncé, whereas the way you are talking to people DOES, so learn some respect.

        • MizzReyRey .

          Does Ledisi pay you to come here and attack her? I’m allowed to have my opinion on people attacking her! its ridiculous! how do u know it doesnt offend Beyonce? I’m sure it does, you all are labeling her incompetent THATS RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL! so no i will not respect those who are disrespecting her. your asking for a respect you do not deserve

      • Just saying!!

        I’m not even going to read your entire comment because I recognize your name and I know you’re the same sad pathetic individual who wipes Beyonce’s a**. You have been on this thread commenting on absolutely every post that doesn’t show an obsession with Beyonce. YOU are the sick twisted individual that needs to let it go. No one is trying to tear anyone down. Why do you care so much about everyone else’s opinion. If you love her so much it shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You are a pathetic soul. Sit your simple minded a** down and stfu. You’ll appear smarter if you do so. 🙂

        • Guest15

          If you feel that way about that person, stop responding ma’am. Take a breather lol

  • Patti

    I’m sorry but as entertaining as Beyoncé is, she’s also VERY overrated and overexposed. The Grammys are nothing but a popularity contest, I tell you. Winning a Grammy means nothing because look at Kanye West, look at Taylor Swift, look at all the crap that gets nominated and wins… That’s why I’m not surprised that Ledisi isn’t the one singing…

    I am also saddened by the people that say that wanting Ledisi to perform and not Beyoncé is ”hating on Queen Bey”, ”there’s no need to bring her down”… HOW IS IT HATING? Who offended Beyoncé? Don’t get mad because you’re a fan and can’t see the truth. She and whoever puts her in these places (performing in award shows) are the ones bringing down other black women, because while there’s 10 or more white singers (Lorde, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, carrie Underwood…) there’s only person representing black culture and that is Beyoncé…

    • MizzReyRey .

      Who offended Beyonce? YOU ARE! if you want ledisi to get proper shine then thats fine say that, LEAVE BEYONCES NAME OUT OF IT! stop trying to make it seem like we can’t see the truth I see it. How is someone who is hard working and talented overrated? calling her overrated means you’re aware that she is well loved by a mass number of people. calling her overrated is AUTOMATICALLY HATING. Don’t get mad because Beyonce is performing a song you don’t want her to. thats pathetic, its not your song and its not your performance. Beyonce is the only person representing Black Coulture? REALLY? i guess our president and first lady being black isn’t enough or anything. idk why you act like beyonce reaping black ppl is bad. dang

      • Patti

        Explain to me how wanting Ledisi to perform and being tired of Beyonce always being the black performer at every show is offensive… How exactly would Ledisi singing offend or bring down Beyonce? And how is calling her overrated (especially when she is) automatically hating?

        • MizzReyRey .

          its offensive because 1 beyonce isn’t the only black person on every show & 2 your trying to tear Beyonce down as if she’s not allowed to perform because she’s gonna outshine someone just because of who she is. thats dumb! Ledusu singing would offend or bring beyonce but the way you all are speaking about Beyonce is doing that. calling her overrated( especially because she’s not) is automatically hating because your only calling her overrated because your upset so many people love her & think she’s great. thats hating my dear

    • Kels99

      Beyonce stans are too dense to realize this. There are a plethora of white women artists doing their thing on a high level. But for us, these days, we only get one or two. If it’s not Beyonce then it’s Rihanna. Every other black female artist is down in the trenches getting little to no attention from the masses and it’s sad. Women more talented than Beyonce, by far. But they’ll never get their due. Because of the racism in the industry and because of black women like Beyonce who work to keep other black women from reaching the heights of the industry. Beyonce could easily say, “No, this belongs to Ledisi and I won’t take it from her” but she won’t because she’s not a generous person and she’s not about empowering black women. She’s helping the industry keep black women at bay. Anyone with half a brain can see what she’s doing.

      • MizzReyRey .

        Beyonce works to keep other black women from reaching the heights of the industry?? REALLY???? if that was the case Jennifer Hudson would’ve NEVER won that oscar. LIES LIES LIES!!!!! AND YOU EXPECT TO NOT GET CALLED A HATER?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!! SIT DOWN!!!!! i can’t even believe you would say that. thats so petty and false how dare u! i swear your hatred for her is too much. she’s not about female empowerment. except for all the times she’s HELPED woman, but just because you’re mad that the person you want singing isn’t singing and Beyonce is, she’s suddenly this terrible person. sit down, your a black woman trying to tear down a black woman. your comment shouldn’t be valued

        • KjB

          Jennifer got a Oscar because she deserved it, she can ACT and SING!!! Neither of which Beyonce can do. She has the look and that’s what got her over, she was so talented as a youngster (like Aalyiah), that she needed a group to get recognized. Her talent couldn’t do it and then they over sexualized her (her own father) and we couldn’t get enough of her crotch and her name in and on everything, so that’s what made her popular not that booming 5 octave range voice or those moving songs she wrote a (like Faith Evans) but SEX (which always sells anything you associate it with) and ignorant tone deaf people like you. She gives a hellava show with all the sparkles and dancers…Halo?!? What is that? LMAO!!!

          • MizzReyRey .

            jennifer CANNOT ACT! I’m sorry she’s not an oscar worthy actress at all and LIKE I SAID! if it was true that beyonce doesnt want others to shine, she wouldn’t have let jennifer perform during HER SET at the oscars! Jennifer also would not have WON if beyonce doesnt like other black women in the spotlight. my point is to prove your clear LYING BIASED HATRED towards beyonce that shouldn’t receive any type of special attention. She didnt need a group to get recognized but thats the route she chose, a lot of greats start in bands/groups of some sorts your trying so hard to discredit her but it will not work! look at MJ nd diana ross, they started in a group.. whats your point with that? she wasn’t over sexualized by her father thats just the culture we live in! its always been that way since the 70s! theres not 1 successful female pop star who is not considered overly sexual. its not just beyonce, again another point u failed. what made her popular was her talent and her music. and it doesnt hurt thats she drop dead beautiful (u mad cuz u ugly?) don’t you DARE call the great music icons of our past who have credit beyonces talent as tone deaf! THEY AND I KNOW MORE THAN YOU!

            • KjB

              You are sad… By Felicia!!!
              I hope all the energy you put into defending Beyonce feeds Yah

            • Just saying!!

              Lmaoo wow!! Now who’s black woman bashing? That’s the problem with you and so many other stans. You aren’t #teamempowerment or #teammusic, you’re team this persôn and that person. That thought process leaves us all screwed.

        • Just saying!!

          You know you’re making it very clearly that you’re a Stan right ? And no one listens to Stan because they’re seen as irrational and illogical. Look, as talented as Beyonce is, she’s not the most talented person in the world and frankly, she gets shoved down people’s throats. That’s going to make some people get sick of her. I can see that this deeply affects you, which is troubling in itself, but consider the fact that there was once a time when Beyonce wasn’t famous and she was just a teeny bopper trying to be seen. If the roles were reversed and Ledisi was already famous but Beyonce sung the song in the movie, would you NOT want Beyonce to have that opportunity , especially when Ledisi didn’t really need it? Would you not feel some type of way about Ledisi being everywhere and in everything while Beyonce was working hard but no one was really noticing because of this? That ish ain’t right. It’s pathetic and it’s damaging. I certainly don’t blame Beyonce because she didn’t make the system, but she is a product of it and she is benefiting from it immensely and for that reason I do think she could be a little better about that. I’m not a hater, just giving my honest opinion. (Please pardon any typos… I’m typing this from my phone! Lol)

  • enlightenment

    Beyonce is simply a bigger name than Ledisi. That’s why she’s singing it. Simple really. The mainstream audience are still in question marks as to who Ledisi is.

  • MizzReyRey .

    ugh wow, so lets attack Beyonce because this performance isn’t going the way that I want it to.. sounds fair enough. for the same reason u used Beyonces name in your headline mmmm. you could’ve made your point without insinuating that Beyonce doesnt deserve to sing it. not to mention they are probably saving Ledisi for the OSCARS.. this is the grammys which celebrates music and its bound to be a big night for beyonce so no, this is HER moment, Ledisi’s moment is at the Oscars next month. its so disrespectful to say that beyonce is only singing it because of the way she looks. like wow really? you black women man smdh. did Oprah Light Skin Girls documentary teach you all nothing? holy cow, you better write a “Sorry to Beyonce” article if Ledisi ends up performing at the Oscars. all this “its because I’m black” garbage is starting to lose its meaning

    • Leahana

      Lexis I will not perform at the Oscars . The song she sang was not nominated for an Oscar. What are you thinking ?

      • Leahana

        Ledisi will not perform at the Oscars.

        • MizzReyRey .

          but common and john legends are set to perform Glory there and most likely will probably have a tribute for the movie, they do it for best song every year. so how do u know she won’t perform there? you don’t, do you?

  • Jay

    Oprah wanted Beyonce to perform. Simple.
    Also the goal is to promote Selma, its not doing very well at the box office. So I’m glad she’s helping to promote it.

  • ms M

    no need to tear down Bey to uplift Ledisi

    • Susan

      And who exactly is tearing Beyoncé down??

      God forbids if she doesn’t perform and finally there’s another black woman on the spotlight…

      • MizzReyRey .

        who is tearing beyonce down? are u not reading the comments? i don’t think the article is attacking beyonce but the somments below it sure are! what do u mean “finally” a lot of black women have been in the spotlight, its just not the right time for Ledisi thats all. stop pinning that on Beyonce, its annoying. why don’t y’all say this to beys face!

  • Daniel Asare Jr

    I agree Ledisi should sing it but blaming Beyonce is just dumb. It’s
    always damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. It’s like getting mad
    at the A student in the class that always gets A’s on the work and
    making the grading curve high, but not “throwing” it by purposely
    getting a lower grade once in a while. It’s just dumb. let overachievers
    be overachievers and let them reap the benefits of their hard work. Let
    all that industry politics lie with negativity.

  • carlisias

    This is petty.. If anything, you should be feeling some kind of way about the Grammys Blacking up the performances but not honoring us for our contributions to the music industry.

    • Daniel Asare Jr

      PETTY indeed! It’s lie we’re always being put up against each other when we should just be congratulating each other. You don’t see everyone at the CMAs getting mad that Carrie Underwood wins everything and performs all the time?

      • Annabelle

        Actually, you do.

  • sbizhere

    I agree whole heartedly.

  • MsSincerity

    I know that when Bey sings this song, it won’t come from the soul. It’ll just be her singing different notes and runs to get the audience to applause and blah blah and then she’s gonna force that one tear out of her eye that she always does and then her stans and the media will be like “OMG did you see Beyoncé’s performance…she sounded amazing and she was so emotional and I teared up”. (I’m blank staring, side eyeing, smh, rolling my eyes, and then sighs and walks off)

    • Kels99

      Beyonce’s such a pageant queen type of singer. Not a bit soul. Just loud and robotic. She can hit the notes and do all kinds of crazy runs, but it’s mechanical. There’s never any emotion or depth in her voice. She is extremely overrated as a vocalist by the white media. Black folks know what’s up, though.

      • MsSincerity

        Thank You! My sentiments EXACTLY!

      • William Linda-Beatty Lindsey

        You said it all

      • MizzReyRey .

        diasgree, i think Beyonce is an extremely underrated vocalist especially because of black people like yourself just because her voice isn’t as deep is automatically discredited. to call her a pageant queen type of singer lol its still being a singer, soul singers aren’t automatically better than anybody else, jHud is a soul singer but to me she has a TERRIBLE voice. just loud. i feel like you google beyonces name everyday

    • Just saying!!

      “And then she’ll shed that one tear out of her eye that she always does and then her stand will be like “OMG”” <——-this ish right here had me rolling lmfaoooooo! That is too real!

  • Datrice Lavette Powell

    I concur

  • Wanda T.

    That’s the whole point. The Grammys is a vehicle that will allow the world to get to know who Ledisi is. Ledisi starred in the film as Mahalia Jackson and she sang the heck out of the song and she’ll be in the audience as a Grammy nominee. If we keep going with the philosophy that “everybody knows Beyonce so there will be more viewers” The Grammy audience will never see any new talent. It’s not like Beyonce needs the exposure. Be gracious and give someone else a chance to shine.

    • Kels99

      “Gracious” and “Beyonce” simply do not go together.

      This is colorism on the part of the Grammys and selfishness on the part of Beyonce. She has nothing to do with this movie. How greedy and self-obsessed she is. This is Ledisi’s moment, not Beyonce’s. This is totally unfair and just plain old wrong. Ledisi sang the song in the movie and she should be the one singing it on the Grammys. There are plenty of people who would love to see perform Ledisi on the Grammys. I know I would. And the idea that Beyonce brings in these great ratings is simply not true. Her Super Bowl performance was the lowest rated in recent years. Last year when she performed her whole album on the VMAs, the ratings were unusually low. So this idea that she brings in the big ratings is simply not true, so quit using that as an excuse.

      I find what the Grammys and Beyonce are doing to be despicable. And anyone who is defending them has no right to complain about the lack of Black women rising to the top of the industry. Don’t complain and say “They never let us have more than one” when you not only are totally ok with it, but will make excuses for the top Black woman in the industry to sabotage and keep down the careers of other Black women.

      • Annabelle

        I could not agree more!

      • MizzReyRey .

        Gracious and Beyonce DO go together because that is what Beyonce is. its honestly despicable and sickening that you are going on anti Beyonce rants yet trying to preach about uplifting black women. Beyonce is not doing anything but going about her career. You should be ashamed for attacking her and proving to be a hypocrite in the process with each paragraph and or novel you type. And your trying to shame Beyonce as well by using the rating excuse so what is it! either she brings ppl in or she doesnt because you keep flip flopping to tear her down, its really sad how much you’re disrespecting her just because you personally may not like her.

  • Julia

    Ledisi over Bey any day

    • Yvette

      I’m hip. Ledisi is the truth!!

    • Kels99

      Everyone knows Ledisi can sing Beyonce under the table. This idea that she is the greatest Black female talent we have is a complete joke. But it’s easy to be labeled as great when you make moves to keep other black women from gaining success.

      • MizzReyRey .

        And Beyonce can dance Ledisi into the ground. you see how that works? Beyonce can also sing a pop tune, ledisi can’t 🙂 If people think beyonce is a great talent we can think that! stop trying to shame people who enjoy Beyonce wtf is wrong with you! funny beyonce has made moves to keep black people from gaining success like collaborating with them.. (alicia Keys: Nicki Minaj etc) what a terrible person she is giving so much money to all those charities, what a terrible person she is hiring young black unknown producers, how terrible she is to have an all female band.. all she does is try to make them not reach success..

        • Lineysha S

          And if Bey broke her leg or lost her leg she wouldn’t be able to dance…which is the main reason people love her. She’d only have her voice—then what? Get off that woman’s cl*t. You defending her like you know her

          • Guest

            That’s because she’s Bey’s tampon. Mizzbeybey’s all up in there.

  • Yvette

    I love Ledisi. Girlfriend can sing!!

  • Simone Mackey

    I AGREE!

  • Angelie

    I had to go to youtube to listen to Ledisi’s version of this song again and again. Just beautiful and soulful! Beyonce cannot touch this. Its insulting that the Grammy’s won’t have Ledisi perform this song. Im sure the audience would be crying their eyes out. I’m not excited about Beyonce performing this either. I agree with the article.She is just a ploy to get ratings.

    • MizzReyRey .

      i think Beyonce will do it in her own way and do it well 🙂 I’m excited for it so are millions of others you’re in the minority, its pathetic this is what you’ll do to ur black stars once they get to that level smh.

      • Angelie

        Is Beyonce the only black star? No she isn’t. Of course she would make it her own. I doubt that she can even come close to Ledisi’s version. You must not have heard Ledisi’s version of this song. You must think I’m a star too based off the way you keep stalking my posts. Lol! You do know that everyone doesn’t have to agree with you, right? beyonce can sing some songs, but this song is not the right one for her.

      • Jackie Brown

        No way in hell will Beyonce come close to performing the song in a believable Mahalia Jackson style the way Ledisi did.

  • starapple

    We make everything an issue.

    • MizzReyRey .

      seriously, this is why nobody respects the black community, because of petty bs like this

  • Yvonne Watkins

    Sam Smith said if he wins a grammy he’s going to give it to beyonce. It would have been a classy move on beyonce’s part to decline in favor of Ledesi and then to promote Ledesi as performer; buzz also equals ratings. Another classy way to handle this is for beyonce’s people to contact Ledesi’s people and make sure Ledesi is in the audience, then beyonce could call her up on stage to make the song a duet. Humility goes a long way and it would be a class move for Beyonce to show some. It’s not like people will forget her if she falls back this one time.

    • Angelie

      good ideas! Beyonce should just give the whole performance to Ledisi, because her voice would definitely be overshadowed if she made it a duet. Taking a seat would make her look good either way.

      • MizzReyRey .

        or she can sing and do what she wants to do because she’s not concerned about u losers talking about her. she has nothing to prove to you people. its funny how your giving suggestions on this post like anybody gives a damn

        • Angelie

          You obviously do since you clearly took the time to make that hilarious response, Stan. You mad? I have an opinion just like you do. Everyone’s is not the same.

          • Yvonne Watkins

            Exactly, Angelie, Mizzbeybey not only took the time to read my post, she took the time to respond to it. But she doesn’t care right? Plus, she’s all up in her feelings (as the young folks say) so clearly, she cares quite a bit – enough to get angry about something not really relevant in any of our lives. Take it down a few MizzReyRey, it ain’t that deep. LOL.

  • solargeknowles

    I will cackle if John Legend and Common were the ones who asked her.

  • Uncle_Rukus

    Welcome to the Entertainment Industry.
    Same bureaucracy and politics as any Corporate office.
    Looks (Vanity) and fans (stans) mean everything, with ACTUAL TALENT coming in a distant 3rd…

    • HmmmIJS

      And that will get the younger viewers to tune in. Numbers don’t lie. People do!

    • solargeknowles

      Well, not even Ledisi would deny Beyonce “ACTUAL TALENT”.

      None of us know the circumstances of the situation. This whole article and all of you guys’ feelings will be VOID if the truth is Ledisi for whatever couldn’t perform the song.

      On the flip side, WHAT IF LEDISI DOESN’T EVEN KNOW! This is giving me Fantasia/J.HUD tease, but I wouldn’t blame Bey.

  • solargeknowles

    *cackles*

    Cant wait to see you all SEETHE Sunday night!
    *blows kisses”

    BYEEEEEE.

  • Guest

    Bey is in no way better than ledisi.

    • MizzReyRey .

      uhm look at their careers.. what do u mean in no way? sit down. stop hating on beyonce

  • KjB

    I’ve had this argument with my sister for years, regarding Beyonce’s low to average singing voice. For those of you that think what she does as singing GOD bless you, but I’ve said on many occasions she could NEVER stand flat footed and sing any song with the ease of a….Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Jill Scott and now Ledisi She’s a great entertainer, makes plenty money for the industry and has over sexualize and over saturated the market but a singer, sorry she can’t cut the mustard. Most young people that think she’s so talented are mesmerized by all the glitter and a$$ she shaking all over the place and have really never heard a note was unable to carry in her expensive pocketbook. Put Beyonce and Ledisi behind a curtain and let’s see who can and cannot sing…as I throw down the mike. LOL

    • KillerBeyHive

      Beyoncé is recognize as one of the most talented singers and performers of all time by not only fans, critics but by her peers… At this point in her career… Beyonce is a legend, she has nothing to prove to anyone and certainly not you..LMAO

      • KjB

        By whose standards? So was Elvis Presley! And as we all know, because someone is recognized as something doesn’t make it so There are plenty of singers, actors and actresses that are way more talented and never receive the recognition they deserve. She makes money so that’s what counts in the industry and I’ve never heard any of the true singers of her peers(that are truly talented) ever say anything in public about how she ‘s soooo talented, and especially the greats who came before her…Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle. The most talented Of All Time…really Beyonce?! Delousional…you…maybe LMAO

        • KillerBeyHive

          Those artists you mention Aretha, Gladys Patti.. All have recognize Beyoncé as a talented singer and performer, that’s what I mean when I say peers, they love and respect her. Her music may not be your cup of tea, but to deny her talent. you just sound stupid.

          • KjB

            First of all, as we see, you don’t know the definition of peers, the ladies you speak of Aretha, Gladys and Patti are not her peers. Those ladies are all old enough to her grandmother and of course they have so much class they wouldn’t dare say it out loud but the have all made reference to the fact that you shouldn’t have to show everything you were born with to be considered talented and an entertainer, in other words your singing will speak for you. Aretha didn’t ask her to play her younger self in a Bio but she does want Jennifer Hudson. Hmm, in order to be accepted with younger generation you better not Beyonce’s not talented but actions speak louder than words. They may love but, well you know the rest….LOL

            • Let It Be

              Have you seen the video of her impromptu performance of “Halo”? I’m a huge Bey fan and even before seeing the video I would question her vocal abilities; Mariah Carey is my ALL time favorite singer. The video isn’t much of a testament to her range but definitely her control and ability. The girl really can sing. Look it up; she may have been in another country at the time when she did it.

            • KillerBeyHive

              Actually she wanted Hallie Berry…. Clearly you are a Beyoncé Hater who is in a sad case of denial and really not worth my time.

              • KjB

                Yes, she wanted Hallie Berry but when she finally accepted the fact she needed a singer to play her in the film she DIDN’T ask Beyonce, which would have made since, especially when she want a certain look for herself. Anyway as I stated above before I’am not the HATER of anyone personally, I just don’t think she can sing and it appears that you can’t take criticism of your non singing star!!! LOL

                • MizzReyRey .

                  to say beyonce isn’t a great singer is stupid. I’m sorry but that is just dumb. she has a 4 octave range, there is nothing mediocre about that. and thats a fact, not an opinion

                  • KjB

                    4 octave, you have that!!! Bye Felicia!!!

                    • shell

                      Beyonce doesn’t have a 4 Octave range. It measures about 2.5 sometimes a three. Huffington Post did an article about it.

      • William Linda-Beatty Lindsey

        Missing the point, talented performer, yes, singer no….there is a big difference.

        • MizzReyRey .

          she is a talented singer, just google her acapella. don’t try to take that away from her, you can’t

    • Guest

      She is a very good singer. Theres no denying that.. She just never seems to really connect with the song. Not the way someone like Whitney would where they have you closing your eyes and saying HMMMM! But for those that just wanna bop their head to a song, Yep shes your girl.

      • KjB

        Ok, I agree with you, as a matter of fact your 100% correct

      • MizzReyRey .

        i disagree 100%. i find her performances to be beautiful and moving when she wants to.

    • Sandy

      U clearly have not seen the vocal abilities of this girl give credit where it’s due n smile dnt b so bitter yung has nothing to do with her fans loving her she a powerhouse n u can’t take the fact she can sing she just more skillfully trained with her vocals and dnt have to scream out high notes n try to ousting other artist her voice with be heard n recognized even n her lowest range it’s ok not to like an artist but dnt take away the truth she could hold against ne of those artist named check her werk!!

      • KjB

        What? Bitter, never that. Just don’t agree with all the hype and if you think she’s so talented, great for you. But I on the other hand think she can’t sing a lick and even though I find her very entertaining, I don’t find her range and ability to sing on the notes instead of behind them singing If that’s what you call training, she needs fire that teacher and get her money back…LOL. One other thing, you should really try to polish you writing skills and stop texting so much, it’s reflecting in your spelling and level of education…LOL

        • MizzReyRey .

          yes bitter. to say she can’t sing is just being a hater. we all know beyonce is a great vocalist so to say she needs to “fire her teacher and get her money back” is something a bitter hater would say. why would anybody value your opinion over say Mariah Carey who has said the opposite about Beyonce”you should really try to polish you writing skills” not after a sentence like that hypocrite, work on yourself first then try to come at me about my writing or beyonce about her vocals thanks 🙂

          • KjB

            Never mind…no need to debate with you. Bye Felicia!!!

      • MizzReyRey .

        they will never give her credit, its too convenient to give the most popular star of our time proper credit, no its much easier to bash and trivialize her and call her overrated.

        • KjB

          No, I’m finding it very difficult to express my opinion on the fact that she cannot sing, while reading the defense of the indefensible. And to consider Beyonce the most popular star of our time is an insult to people that are truly talented the people who think that she very beautiful but not a great singer. Ask the fans of Taylor Swift if Beyonce is the most popular…LOL

    • William Linda-Beatty Lindsey

      You said it all…#teamledisi

    • guest

      Beyoncé is all smoke and mirrors. She is the character she played in dream girls. Pretty face with minimal talent. Take away that weave, those onsies, all that make up and dancers tights and you have the chick in church with the average voice.

  • traboe

    I wasn’t going to watch anyway…but I might have if Ledisi had been singing the song. You Beyonce fanatics may think she is the best female artist that ever was, is and will be and who am I to question your delusion. I guess the grammy’s did this for y’all so enjoy!!

    • HmmmIJS

      I never watch it live. Dvr and fast forward through the garbage.

  • Quinn

    At this point, Beyonce is completely overexposed and quite frankly, overrated. Her voice is adequate (at best) but people act like she is the only female artist that exists. It’s gotten to be too much…

    • HmmmIJS

      I agree. I wonder if she’s tired of her name being called yet. It must get annoying. -_- Sasha fierce lives for these moments. She’d transforms on stage. You heard her. Lol.

      • KjB

        Into a great singer? Wow that Sasha Fierce holds all the singing talent…Let her out more often…PLEASE. LOL

        • HmmmIJS

          Lol. they overlook her talent. She hits a few good notes and swings that good weave hunty. Left and right. And twirls then gyrates.

          There’s levels to her sh!t.

          She’s a great performer but we want to see some new talent hit that stage.

  • BethLanai

    This is really foul….really foul. I STAN hard for Ledisi have been a fan long before many folks were.

    Yea money talks and bullshit walks but you know I’d love for Beyonce to take a stand for other black women and just say nah Ledisi should be singing this song. But we all know that is not going to happen.

    this is just sad….

    • HmmmIJS

      Numbers don’t lie. That check said cash me. Blue Ivy’s legacy has to continue.

    • HmmmIJS

      And it’s the Grammys. Who turns down more exposure? No one. She needed to allow her to have this moment so mainstream media and a new audience can hear a soulful singer for a change. This would catapult Ledisi and iTunes would receive lots of downloads after this new exposure.

  • Simone

    Lol these comments are ridiculous lol! I understand where this article is coming from but these comments are acting as if it is Beyonce’s fault lol! Ridiculous!!! These are the Grammy’s that we are talking about….not the BET Awards lol!!! The Grammy’s always have artists that are popping right now….in the moment…. in the show performing!!! TO produce rating….duh….Nothing new….BET Awards is the show that presents the upcoming artists and artists that gets over looked to show there are great talent out there besides the BIG names lol!!! So stop blaming Beyonce and blame the network, greed, or better yet society lol!!! CRAY CRAY!!!

    • solargeknowles

      Beyoncé is damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.

      She can’t win in any situation.

    • Thandoluv

      She could have gracefully declined, but that’s expecting too much I guess.

      • Fear and Loathing in Hawthorne

        Right! If Yawnce would have bowed out gracefully I would probably like her again! But yawnce won’t do it! She always want to be the center of attention! And personally the Grammy’s have been a joke for years, they should start calling it the YAWNCE awards! I’ve stopped watching years ago!

  • aa

    Beyonce may have light skin but we all know her hair isn’t really straight. All of that is weave.

  • Jay

    Well if read deeper into this movie it would be known the reason she singing for Grammys is she originally was asked to sing for the movie first choice..#thatsall …

  • Lauren

    Black is black. Skin complexion has nothing to do with it. Ledisi has a nice voice but she overdoes it in every song and cover that she does. To be honest, no one wants to hear all of that at the Grammies, black white purple or green.

  • Unbiased

    Well..its Common and John Legend’s song, they could have said they wanted Ledisi a part of the performance, but how do we know she isn’t? Also, I’m sick of my fellow black women in the comments tearing Beyonce down because she choices to wear blonde hair. It is her hair, and it’s her prerogative at the end of the day. I think this performance will be a great moment for black culture. If you don’t like don’t watch, simple.

    • Lineysha S

      I don’t think her hair color has anything to do with it. Not very many women can pull off wearing blond hair the way Beyoncé does. We’re just on Beyoncé overload. Speaking the truth does not equal hating. Not everyone is gaga over Beyoncé.

    • Anon46

      Beyonce singing is not a great moment for Black culture.

  • heyheyno

    the mainstream I can agree with I don’t think it has anything to do with her hair and skin color

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  • roxy

    Awards shows….meh

  • lolo

    She probably didn’t want to sign the demon contract lol so they went with someone who’s already signed! smh

    • Yvette

      No you didn’t go there. Take cover the Beyonce worshipers are gonna get you lol!!

  • Jay Lane

    I wasn’t watching anyway. Those nominations were the fool and completely disrespectful. Oh, and not surprised by this at all. This old bait and switch move is the same thing they did when they pulled Jill Scott from The Roots “You Got Me” song and replaced her with Erykah Badu in the video. I love Erykah but that was unnecessary and wrong [of the label to do].

  • balance@49lovelife

    Yes this may be Ledisi’s moment but Beyonce had no control of this either what was she suppose to do say no because someone else felt they should have been chosen? We do not always get what we feel we are suppose to get>Ledisi I love you keep singing your heart out what is meant for you will be yours what is meant for Beyonce will be hers was it Beyonce fault that she was asked to sing @ the innaugaration? almost the same circumstance when Etta James felt she should have been asked to sing.her song for the president. Ledisi enjoy the perfomance it will nice and continue to do you. Kim

    • guest

      How do you know she has no control? Beyonce is extremely powerful she even made that comment herself in her documentary. I’m pretty sure Beyonce would have been able to get some string pulls. She is the most respected singer in the industry period. If anyone says one wrong word about her especially if they are in the business as well .It’s like they lose their career or something. You will also be dragged for days.

  • Sage

    “But that’s not her fault. Genetics do what they do.” Great article, but there’s nothing genetic about peroxide and relaxers.

    • Mel

      ..and weave and plastic surgery.

    • Okayy

      Your point? Neither does those fake dreads ledisi wears comes from genetics. If Beyonce wants to perm or dye her damn hair blonde she can. She has wore several hairstyles from braids, Afros, sew ins etc. The colorism is ridiculous when it comes to this woman.

      • Sage

        My point is that Beyonce doesn’t naturally fit “neatly into the mainstream mold of beauty” as originally suggested by the author. She may sport blonde braids during the summer when she’s not working, but blonde silky weave is her hair of choice.

    • Yvonne Watkins

      and hydroquinone.

      • Kels99

        And nose jobs.

  • Sonia

    Sigh, Beyonce will do a wonderful job! This article is pretty crappy and petty in my opinion. Ledisi is a very talented R&B singer who has a beautiful voice. However, Beyonce is world known and most people who watch the Grammys have no idea who Ledisi is. We all know the Grammys plays to a mainstream crowd so this should not be a surprise to anyone. BTW, I find comments attacking Beyonce because she is light and chooses to wear her hair blond crass. We need to stop the madness and hold each other up not tear each other down.

    • Selena McQueen

      But isn’t that the point tho to put somebody that’s not well known on this grand stage to introduce her to the world

    • guest

      That’s the point the industry acts like Beyonce is the only talented black performer and refuse to let anyone get to her level.

    • BethLanai

      you completely didn’t understand this article and that is really sad….

    • William Linda-Beatty Lindsey

      If they put her in this major venue, they’d never forget her……….

    • Angelie

      But don’t you think it would make more sense for Ledisi to perform being that she is in the movie and the soundtrack of the film? What exactly did Beyonce have to do with the film? It’s all about ratings for the Grammys.How are they going to have Beyonce tooching her thonged butt to the audience one year then have her singing a church song the next? Just crazy!

      • Shedriece Sykes

        Amen

  • KillerBeyHive

    Oh Please…The Queen will slay this song.. Not only that, she’s gonna take home a hand full of Grammys as well.

    • guest

      Your queen is talented however there are other black performers who can sing and perform there behind off. Blacks have the power to take over the industry But it seems as though alot of us have this belief that only one black female artist can be powerful at a time. Maybe if we showed different sides of us whites in Hollywood will begin to accept us even if we aren’t light skin or thin because you know that is still is issue right? Look at black female rappers always arguing over petty nonsense now you have Iggy taking over. A female who can’t rap or write her own rhymes.

      • KillerBeyHive

        I agree with you… But Beyoncé should not have to dim her light for someone else to shine.. Yes she’s accomplished a lot, but she works her a$$ off and there is no reason for her to stop doing what she loves, because of the notion that someone else is not getting a chance!

        • vwells1

          She should definitely not dim her light. But it’s the equivalent of Rihanna singing “Resentment” when Beyoncé is in the audience…it’s not Bey’s song, originally, but she’s made it her own. It’s just weird and particularly odd when Bey just performed last year.

          • KillerBeyHive

            LAWD…Rihanna singing Resentment!!!! That would be a disaster Lol.

            • Just saying!!

              Don’t distract from the point vwells is making just because it’s right and challenges yours lol

        • Kels99

          The point is, this particular light does not belong to Beyonce, it belongs to Ledisi. Imagine if the year Cadillac records came out and the the Grammys wanted “I’d Rather Go Blind” performed but didn’t ask Beyonce, who sung it in the movie. Imagine if they booked Christina Aquilera to sing it, even though she had absolutely nothing to do with the movie and the song. Imagine if Christina did not have the common decency to step down. That would all be wrong and unfair towards Beyonce. This is what Beyonce and the Grammy’s are doing to Ledisi and it’s wrong.

          • KillerBeyHive

            If you want Ledisi in the spotlight go buy her damn CD’s. LOL.

          • Just saying!!

            Based on this persons response to your posts I’d say don’t bother. It’s clearly a Stan and you don’t ague with stans because they struggle to see beyond their own obsession.

            • Kels99

              Yeah, I’m not responding. Wrong is wrong, but when you’re an obsessed Bey stan, that doesn’t matter. They’re zombies.

        • Shedriece Sykes

          I guess that’s wrong with the black community. What’s wrong with sharing, caring, embracing the spot light with her musical counterparts. Why does everything have to be in comparison or competition? Beyoncé has been known for her self centered attitude. When Jennifer Hudson stole the lime LIGHT Dream Girls, Beyoncé had a salty moment. Hey she been conditioned that way since the beginning of Destiny’s Child lol.

      • Just saying!!

        Lmaooo @ “your Queen”. I’m so done!! Haha

  • What

    Based on the albums up for Grammys this year, you know darn well Ledisi is too ethnic for the Grammys, the same way Oyelowo was snubbed for a Oscar. Its called the re-whitening of America folks.

    How about everyone of color on this site not buy one grammy winner single or album until people of color are respected for the music they created.

    Until then look forward to more articles like this one

    Shame!!!

  • noxii

    What if they surprise everyone and sing it together?…

    • vwells1

      I’d be here for that.

  • Carmen Fierro Gonzales

    Well said

  • Wilsona81

    I’m not mad at your point of view. Remember, the same thing happened to Etta James. The obama’s had Beyonce sing At Last at the inauguration dinner instead of the legend herseld.

    • mrs. m

      I was about to say the same thing, you beat me to the punch but YUP this is a repeat. It’s been going on for years and years, Julie Andrews originated Eliza Doolittle on stage but they chose Audrey Hepburn for the movie. Nothing new in this game.

    • Trish Chasity

      She wouldn’t do it unless money was paid up front

      • guest

        Wrong. Etta james wanted to do the performance especially since she never believe there would be an black president during her life time and experiencing the worst of racism during the 50’s and 60’s. That was her most known song and wanted to perform it but the industry wanted Beyonce. It wasn’t about the money with Etta. Beyonce had just been in Cadillac records and they thought it would better fit.

        • Trish Chasity

          Insiders said differently and she also said it herself. I saw if not heard somewhere in cyberspace or through the grapevine. Might be wrong but it is definitely true to the point of what I originally said.

    • Dee

      um… etta james was legit half white and lighter than Beyonce LMAO

      • guest

        I think the point she is trying to make is that the industry acts like Beyonce is the only talented black performer out there.

        • Dee

          aaahh well then I agree lol thanks

        • solargeknowles

          That’s not true.

      • Jackie Brown

        But Etta never claimed to be anything other than black, and was a real soul singer.

  • Guest

    “Basically, this should have been Ledisi’s moment.”–And let the church say Amen!!!!

  • Bits

    Colorism at its best.

    • Let It Be

      You think so? Hmmmmm, I didn’t see that. I guess it makes sense. I just thought that they played the money card by making sure they had a [crossover] BIG name artist so more people will watch the show. Beys fans and “haters” alike (they both will watch for their respective reasons; to love and to find something to complain about), bring about green. Since Ledisi did sing the song for the movie, then they should’ve called on her to sing it.

    • ShortyP

      Yes yes yes!

  • reignbeau

    The writer is spot on with this one.

  • fromanotherplanet

    Beyonce think pieces are back again. Lemme just pop this popcorn bag into the microwave real quick…

    • Lex

      *pours me a cup of tea*

  • kierah

    So I’m not the only one that doesn’t want Beyawnce any where near this “Glory” song? This ain’t her lane. She’ll do a serviceable job, but her voice won’t move anybody. Ledisi can bring a tear to my eye singing the alphabet.

    • Angelie

      I wholeheartedly agree. beyonce wishes that she has as much soul as Ledisi. Ledisi is amazing!

      • MizzReyRey .

        who says her voice won’t move nobody? Beyonce sings with her soul and heart & is spectacular. to say she won’t move nobody is false.. nd Yawn in her name? really? your nothing but a hater. Beyonce I’m sure is happy being Beyonce. she moves MILLIONS of people 🙂

        • Angelie

          You should really pay attention to who you are replying to before you hit the post button. I didn’t say those things that you’re commenting on.

        • Me

          Hahahaha…she sings with her soul??

  • Coco black

    Oh please! Cos Beyoncé is “light skinned with straight hair”……Beyonce is still black. That should have been you’re opening line…..

    And no I don’t agree. The Grammy’s are boring … they need Beyonce to spice that shite up

    • guest

      Beyonce is not the only great performer. That’s the problem with hard core Beyonce stans it’s like you all refuse to admit that there are others who can put on a great show and have an amazing voice as well .We have the same singers who win every single year. Why is it with the black community we can only have 1 powerful black woman on top at a time. Do you realize that black people have the power to take take over the world but we limit ourselves.

      • Nope!

        Her point was Beyonce brings in those ratings, and most of black community sit on blogs in complain all day instead of purchasing those other talented R&B artists albums. Beyonce has a strong fan base, its not her fault she is receiving support. Call your radio stations and complain about why RnB artist are struggling and aren’t being played, but don’t make it seem as on Beyonce fans want her to only be great.

        • HmmmIJS

          Jill Scott can bring those ratings in as well. It’s about the target audience.

        • Anon46

          If more r&b, neo soul, anything other than pop singers are given the opportunity to perform on the Grammy stage, they will exposed to a greater audience and they would certainly gain new fans & see an increase in sales. Good music and real talent appeals to everyone everywhere.

        • guest

          The point is, this particular light does not belong to Beyonce, it belongs to Ledisi. Imagine if the year Cadillac records came out and the the Grammys wanted “I’d Rather Go Blind” performed but didn’t ask Beyonce, who sung it in the movie. Imagine if they booked Christina Aquilera to sing it, even though she had absolutely nothing to do with the movie and the song. Imagine if Christina did not have the common decency to step down. That would all be wrong and unfair towards Beyonce. This is what Beyonce and the Grammy’s are doing to Ledisi and it’s wrong. Let other artist get there respect as well. Rihanna is performing with Kanye and Paul mccartney those will bring in plenty of ratings.

          • Thandoluv

            Yes, yes ,yes.

          • Shedriece Sykes

            I swear I was going to bring that up lol

        • Coco black

          Thank you!!

        • Calvin375

          I support them all the time with my disposable income dollars and enjoy and appreciate them with giving me their raw talent and artistry without enhancements from tracks/ auto-tune! Now, how say you?!!!

      • disqus_NCuVe2U88c

        We don’t only have 1 powerful female on top, we have 3! Bey, Rihanna & Nicki Minaj! Sure they may not be your taste but they are POP artists and this is what the masses want. Not your precious soul singers. Do you realize that you guys are the blacks that keep us limited. Instead of seeing how great we are you only see the negatives. So what soul artists aren’t acknowledged as much by whites, why do you feel we need their approval/acceptance? Black people are doing pretty damn well in my opinion, Rome wasn’t built in a day..

        • guest

          OMG we have three ! Look at the 90’s there were countless number of black r&b singers at the top Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Mary. J, Jade, SWV, En Vogue, 702, Xscape, Tamia, Lauryn Hill. I could go but It was truly an amazing time in music but we only have three? Sorry I just don’t think that is good I enjoy there music however I would like to see more people like Jazmine Sullivan be at the level of Adele or Amy Winehouse. Sure Beyonce is a great singer but there are plenty of other black r&b singers who can sing as well who will barely get the time of day because of there looks and yes that bothers me. It shows how shallow we truly are. Jennifer hudson has done pop music but still barely get played on the radio. I care about blacks being acknowledge because I’ve seen how blacks are erase from culture. Look at rock music they constantly praise people like Elvis Presley the Beatles however Chuck berry barely get’s mention and now majority of blacks don’t even listen to rock music. You don’t think it can happen with r&b and rap music? History repeats it self. There were plenty of successful black rock and blues singers as soon as the British invasion hit they basically disappeared. Why aren’t there any successful blacks in country or rock music yet we have plenty of white singers doing r&b and rap making enormous success.

          • disqus_NCuVe2U88c

            Yes you’re right. Black people don’t listen to rock and most don’t know who Chuck berry is. But a lot of whites do, which is why he is in the Rock & roll hall of fame and movies like Cadillac records were made. Do you think these things were done by blacks, of course not. Blacks erase themselves from culture. I listen to rock and certain pop because I can here the black influences all in it and hey if it’s good I don’t care what color the person is. I get so annoyed when my little sister asks me why I’m listening to white people music when I’m listening to Justin Timberlake, when Justin’s last album was straight R&B! Blacks put themselves in a box and all the R&B music sounds exactly the same. Like tgt’s album I tried to like it but it was boring! Like I heard all of this in the 90’s already! What white people are smart enough to do is take that soul and make something new out of it and if the blacks are smart (Beyonce, Usher, Rihanna) they do the same take that soul and add whatever new thing in there. And come on you spanned the whole 90’s with those artist if I did the whole 2000’s there would be just as many, bey, Rihanna, nicki, missy Elliot, Ciara, alicia keys, erykah badu, Jill Scott, keyshia cole, Fantasia…I could go on but its too many to list. I’m gonna break it down for you, it’s all about numbers, white people are still like 50% of the population so of course whatever they like is going to be the most successful. They like pop and hip hop. & that is what is gonna sell not neo soul or R&B. I can guarantee you if these black artists were making pop music they’d get more attention. But they make R&B cause that’s what the want to make and there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s never going to be as successful. I wish we could stop blaming white people for our problems..

        • guest

          The point is, this particular light does not belong to Beyonce, it belongs to Ledisi. Imagine if the year Cadillac records came out and the the Grammys wanted “I’d Rather Go Blind” performed but didn’t ask Beyonce, who sung it in the movie. Imagine if they booked Christina Aquilera to sing it, even though she had absolutely nothing to do with the movie and the song. Imagine if Christina did not have the common decency to step down. That would all be wrong and unfair towards Beyonce. This is what Beyonce and the Grammy’s are doing to Ledisi and it’s wrong.

      • Coco black

        You missed my point!! Where did I say Beyonce was the only great performer fool!!

        Jesus – some of you anti Beyonce non fans need to take a seat somewhere…your rants are boring. You have read my response, gone into attack mode and completely mid represented what i said

      • Calvin375

        The thing is Beyoncé does not have an amazing voice. It’s just mediocre compared to Ledisi, Jill Scott and Jennifer Hudson’s voice. She’s a Pop artist; Not an R & B/Soul singer who can SANG!!! What this is really all about is her look. Beyonce just has the mass appeal( White acceptance) for the mainstream audience. They are afraid or ashamed to say that a full-figured Afrocentric woman captivated them for 2-3 minutes with her beauty( inside and out) and talent. They are afraid of anything different that’s not like themselves. Some of us are afraid to admit to that fact that we are being represented in a such raw ethnic manner. That Ledisi is not the mainstream standard of African American beauty in our own eyes.

        • HmmmIJS

          Whoop there it is. My man Calvin coming in for the kill. Shots fired.

          Mmmdot chime in soon please. I’d like to hear your thoughts on this!!

          • HmmmIJS

            ☝️

        • HmmmIJS

          I notice black folk shuck and jive around this subject matter. Especially those of us that won’t take the weave out, eye brows painted on your face, lashes like claws and contacts. No you didnt wake up like that! If we learn to embrace US and stop putting on black face all the time they wouldn’t assume we’d like to look like them. They’d also embrace all of us when it comes to hair texture, color & body proportions.

          She needs some humble pie!

  • KWilliams

    Agreed!

  • Yvette

    I don’t know why MN keeps putting me in the waiting to never be approved box. They know I’m gonna keep posting my comment until it is accepted so I apologize if you all see the same comment numerous times on this thread. There are no curse words or rude comments. I will not be silenced lol!

    • roxy

      POWER TO THE FOXES!!! LOL!!! Got that from Sanford and Son…. 🙂

      • Yvette

        Lol I know. Girl you just took me back! Love me some Fred, Lamont and the gang.

        • roxy

          Girlllll, you don’t want to get me started with Sanford and Son! I am a Fred Sanford connousier! LOL!!!
          I thought about that when you said you will not be silenced! lol

          • Yvette

            Lol!!!

  • DrHLF

    AGREED! I love the richness of Ledisi’s voice.

  • J

    I find this to be extremely disrespectful.

  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    yes it definitely should be Ledesi singing not Beyonce’…& i loves me some yonce’ lawd knows i do…but Ledesi is the truth all day & she was in the movie…this makes no sense

    • Let It Be

      No matter how hard I tried, I kept reading “& i loves me some yonce’ lawd knows I do” in Ms. Sophia’s voice. I literally couldn’t help it. Lol!!!!

      • T. T.

        LMAO!!!!!

      • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

        lmao!

    • T. T.

      This whole story has me upset! I LOVE & ADORE LEDISI. She is THE truth! No shade toward Mrs. Carter at all because I am a fan of hers as well but why is Ledisi’s voice good enough to portray Mahalia’s in SELMA but not good enough to sing on The Wackmys, excuse me I mean The Grammys? When it’s all said & done that’s all we need is their voice not their appearance.

      • Yvette

        I am a huge Ledisi fan. Girlfriend be hummin don’t she?

      • shell

        Thank you, why didn’t Oprah ask Beyonce to sing in the movie? So, they are saying Ledisi is good enough to be heard and not seen? I a big fan of Ledisi and I am becoming less and less of these new black celebrities like Oprah, Beyonce, Pharrell, Common, and John Legend. They are not practicing what they preach.

      • Kennard Lilly

        Simple. Beyonce is nominated 6 times this year. Which means she most definitely should be performing at this year’s show.

    • Shedriece Sykes

      That’s just likeTarget portraying Anny as a white girl in Target as an advertisement, yet I thought in the up coming movie they used a black girl. Ledesi was in the movie and sanged the song, why not use her. I never thought we would use figures, popularity, and rating to determine good music. Hey I guess that’s what happens when black music got exploited by corporations. Our perspective on how music should be publicized is bias. Just because media is a programming tool to perpetrate most of you, how many record sales is not equivalent to whois the best, lol. I like iggy yet, I know for a fact Nicki lyrical skills is no comparison or Azalea Banks and she is considered irreverent . But hey are people implying Iggy is the best? Most B fans are crazy and over the top when it comes to this women lol. But my opinion.

  • Yvette

    I don’t watch the grammy’s but I agree with you. The show is boring and too long.

  • LaLa

    I totally agree with you.

    • Maria Maria

      Me to

    • HmmmIJS

      It’s about what mainstream wants to hear. No one wants to hear real soul singers any more. They want gyrating and hair flips. -_-

      • Mad?

        Oh pls, Beyonce has done several songs just singing. She can sing and perform. No you guys are just throwing insults, how is she going to be gyrating singing Precious Lord..

        • HmmmIJS

          I’m speaking in general. I love Beyoncé. I bought tickets to be front and center at the Garden. But it doesn’t mean I won’t speak up for a neo Soul singer. I’d choose neo soul over gyrating any day. She does more gyrating than this person in particular.

        • Lineysha S

          If she’s not gyrating and flipping her hair she’ll just have on a low cut dress or one of her infamous bejeweled swimsuits. And don’t forget the fan lol

          • HmmmIJS

            Snaps my fingers in a circle.

          • Jay

            Yes she dances, and flips her hair and wear glamorous costumes, most of which a leotards (because she dances). I don’t understand how you think this is an insult she is a pop star and an amazing live performer.
            Next you’ll be saying MJ look at him wearing one glove and all that glitter and thrusting his hips. PLEASE.

            • MizzReyRey .

              they did say the same, about janet about madonna, about michael about elvis etc.. if people are saying these things about u and try to trivialize you, as people do so much to beyonce, while you are in your prime, it only means you’re a music/entertiainment legend lol

            • woodarddi

              Say it Jay. These are haters. Nobody is checking to see Ledisi perform over Beyoncé. I think they will be pleasantly surprised.

              • Marin

                Everyone thinks Bey can do it. This is about whether she SHOULD given Ledisi will likely be there. How would you feel watching someone else–who DOESNT need the publicity–perform your song on music’s biggest night and get all the praise?

                • Rhyme and Reason

                  Yes, Beyoncé can sing this song, and has an incredible range, but the point is this is Ledisi’s song, and it’s just wrong on every level. I don’t blame John Legend, Common or Beyoncé, no one can question their talent or ability to shut it down, and they will. This is about respect!

                • Annoyed

                  Its not Ledisi song is was Mahalia Jackson song and she wasn’t asked to perform by Common and John Legend, Beyonce was point blank. Shouldn’t people be allowed to choose who they want to perform with? Or do they need to start talking a poll first? Who said Ledisi would want to do it, maybe she just wants to enjoy the song and a night off.

                  • Marin

                    Come on, now. The song is popular again due to Ledisi’s performance of it…and the tribute is to promote a movie in which Ledisi sings it. People can invite who they want, but there’s another element at play here: RESPECT.
                    SN: I bet Beyoncé fans would have thrown a fit if someone else was chosen to get up at the Oscars and sing “Listen” from Dreamgirls.

                    • Mark G

                      let Rihanna had come out on stage singing listen, Beyonce fans would have had a fit……

                    • Vdub2014

                      Exactly! LMAOOOOOO Especially if it wasn’t a tribute or anything to Bey. Hahah She would’ve stroked out right there in her seat

                    • Joshua Figueroa

                      The song was written by Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Knowles.

                    • rb18

                      Precious Lord is a old song and was not written by Beyoncé or anyone connected with her as she was not born and even her father was too young to write this song. As if he could. This is an old gospel song. Do your homework.

                    • Vanessa Broughton

                      Let’s see how they feel when that chick sings drunk n love in the new movie Shades of Grey. I love both Bey and Ledisi.

                    • nick

                      It would’ve been Martial Law up in here, up in here…lol

                    • HmmmIJS

                      Facts.

                    • Dee

                      Yes indeed

                    • Vdub2014

                      Just like when she sang “At Last” at the White House. You have all that power but you couldn’t have your people to reach out directly to Etta James after you did her songs in Cadillac Records? Out of respect and the power she held in that moment a duet would’ve been just fine or getting Ms. James an invite to the performance a sign of respect. But she has alot of yes men around her so doesn’t think twice about it. She probably hasn’t even watched Selma because if she did she would’ve at least inquired about it. smh Chick is a puppet

                    • Joshua Figueroa

                      finally i found some common sense

                    • rb18

                      Yes, and Etta James voiced her displeasure. I don’t think she know how to voice her own opinion either. She seems to be a nice person. But maybe easily controlled.

                    • Joshua Figueroa

                      The song was written by Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Anne Preven, and Knowles.
                      theres the reason why, she didnt write it on her own, look inot things before you speak, artist like beyonce dont write their own songs anymore, they are just a voice, the puppet.

                    • Granny Sugamomma

                      What song??? As Sharon Cullars stated earlier “”Precious Lord” was written by Thomas Dorsey and was the beginning of modern gospel music. He wrote it after losing his wife in childbirth and then his infant child, who died later.” Check your black history, even during the Grammy’s Mr.Dorsey was acknowledged…

                  • Nikki Jeremy

                    Enjoy the night off? Do you work? Do you want other people getting the limelight for your work, while you sit in the dark in a crowd? Ledisi is working to shine. We deserve to have more than one or two big stars. Ledisi deserves to be a big star, too. They should both perform, and Ledisi should have the chance to move up into the spotlight.

                    • Calvin375

                      I wholeheartedly agree!!!

                  • Calvin375

                    What an asinine statement you’ve just made!!!

                  • Rita

                    Greedy a**!! should’ve turned it down, but that’s too much like right…

                  • Vdub2014

                    LOL That’s like for Cadillac Records soundtrack they got J. Lo to perform the same song Beyonce did in the movie. Meanwhile Bey is sitting in the front row watching it. It doesn’t add up or make sense for her to do it. If she was really plugged into things (that heffa hasn’t probably even watched Selma yet) she would’ve told her people to ask why Ledisi can’t do it. Instead she wants to chill with her buddies who got millions and get even more exposure for something she had no parts in creating. you know i’m right!

                    • Joshua Figueroa

                      hey numnuts look into who writes the songs, maybe then a bit of intelligence might show up.

                    • louise_1

                      And if she did she’d be too dumb to understand it.

                  • Robin Joelle LeVere Josey

                    Actually, Beyonce asked, they felt they couldn’t say no. She didn’t need to be up there. Ledisi did.

                  • Ron

                    Beyonce was dead wrong to ask Common and John Legend to do the song as an intro to their song. Let Ledisi have her moment. Ledisi is one heck of a singer!

                • aaliyonce .

                  I thought the song was written by someone else? A Thomas Dorety or however it’s spelt. It’s not even Mahalia’s song.

                  • Marin

                    You’re right. It isn’t Ledisi’s song. But this tribute is about a movie in which Ledisi performs it. It’s about singing a song made popular again because Ledisi sang it in said movie. Really now? This is good old fashioned snub that Beyoncé fans would NEVER tolerate if the shoe were on the other foot.

                  • Aj

                    you are right Tommy Dorsey who wrote Precious Lord, even years before Mahalia sung it.

                • Rita

                  Thank you.

                • Carter007

                  The Grammy’s CEO made the schedule change decision. I’m sure it was made for a reason and its not based on what the fans perceive as fair or not. It’s based solely on what’s best for the show. I think we as fans take this personally whereas to The Grammys and all the artists this is purely “all business.” Right now, whether you and I like it, Beyonce is the bigger star and any time you can book the bigger start, its a win-win for your show!!! That’s just the reality. I would expect any artist to get bumped if Michael Jackson was asked to perform (God rest his soul) and the Artist that got bump would fully understand why they got bumped. Beyonce herself has gotten bumped many times coming up the ranks. This is nothing new.

                • Vdub2014

                  Exactly!!! It would be different if they said she couldn’t make it. That’s like having Beyonce do Jennifer Hudson song from DreamGirls while Jennifer is in the audience. It makes no sense and John Legend is a dyck rider for that move. But he doesn’t care because he’s on an Oscar nominated song and besties with Kanye. I’m sure he felt like let’s put my friends on. But your friends already got millions and Bey was already set to perform at the Grammys. SMH Millions sure do get you alot in this world!

              • Lorraine Terry

                That’s not the point. Everyone knows Bey can sing. It’s also not hatin’ for someone to call “foul.” It’s been the tradition of the awards shows (Grammy, Oscar…you know where I’m going) to invite the original artist to perform the nominated song. This is clearly a snub from the powers that be toward any and everyone who’s connected to the Selma film project. The gracious thing for Beyonce to do would have been to decline.

                • Aj

                  She just can’t sing gospel, that song was pitiful and fake.

                  • anna

                    so true, Beyoncé don’t usually sing gospel it should have been Jennifer Hudson, I feel like Beyoncé want to be in everything it is so many good performers out there and gospel singers out there, I am so tired of Beyoncé too overrated.

                • louise_1

                  But that greedy woman can’t resist the spotlight. She is making more and more people dislike her..

              • Vdub2014

                lol Bey started at the bottom just like everyone else. Don’t hate on Ledisi because she isn’t known for humping stripper poles. You know Bey music is Mediocre at best. Not a person out there is thinking awww Drunk in Love she deserved that win! With all this great music out here. Jazmine Sullivan come get your girl and show her how it’s done…

            • Lineysha S

              I was joking, but I forget members of the Beehive will attempt to come for me left and right lol. But since you want to go there… I was stating facts, not insulting her. She is an amazing performer but I don’t feel she’s at MJ status. She’s known for using her body as well as her voice, and it wouldn’t be fitting for that particular song.

              • Jay

                Okay now this is just stupid, when she sings up tempo pop and hip-hop songs she ‘uses her body’. You honestly believe she’ll dance to a hymn? Also half of Beyonce’s discography are slow soulful ballads.
                Is your fear that she’ll be popping and crunking to this hymn? Because that seems stupid. Not trying to be rude but it really does.

                Also I’m not beehive, I like Beyoncé’s music and I like her more and more nowadays, before I was indifferent but have you seem the other ‘pop stars’, I like the fact she takes it seriously and has actual talent, which doesn’t seem to be a requirement nowadays. What i don’t like is people trying to belittle someone, anyone, which is clearly what you were attempting to do. At least own it.
                On this Ledisi thing, I feel bad for her, if this is how it went down then she was cheated. I’m curious as to Oprah’s and the selma crew’s decision to ask Beyonce, most likely it’s about promoting Selma as it’s not doing so well at the box office. Honestly doesn’t matter who it is, this seems unfair to me, for Beyonce to be getting hate for accepting. She was asked to sing a song honouring a movie about the civil rights movement during black history month. No black artist would refuse. I’m just curious as to why she was asked if ledisi was available.

                • Calvin375

                  Not was; Is available. Ledisi knew about the nomination ever since December 2014 and made provisions to appear.

                  • Jay

                    No I mean to perform. It was originally just Common and John legend singing glory. Then they added Beyonce as an intro to Glory. Ledisi wasn’t set to perform. I’m wondering why if they wanted/ needed an into why didn’t they ask Ledisi. Thats what I meant.

                    • Calvin375

                      Well, they already knew she was attending. So my question is; Why didn’t they ask her, instead of getting Beyoncé?

                    • Kennard Lilly

                      Because Ledisi does not have 6 Grammy nods for the night.

                    • Calvin375

                      What does that have to do with true talent or who actually recorded the song? Not one thing!

                    • Kennard Lilly

                      More than 6,000 people have recorded that same song according to the RIAA. Way more probably sing it at their churches, funerals and family gatherings. Point? The song is practically public domain.

                      I love when people like you say “true” talent. As if Beyonce isn’t truely talented in her own right. Let it go. If it was Ledisi’s blessing to be singing that song on this year’s Grammy Awards — Ledisi would be singing it. The Lord doesn’t take someone’s blessing, unless it wasn’t your blessing to begin with.

                    • Calvin375

                      You’ve said that before and it still doesn’t wash out as true. GOD has nothing to do with this outcome. This is all man’s doing.

                    • Aj

                      thank you, people can say the silliest things.

                    • Calvin375

                      I don’t think you’ll find Ledisi using tracks and auto-tune in any of her performances or concerts. Hmmm…?!!! Will she( Beyoncé) even be singing live?!!!

                    • Kennard Lilly

                      You sound like a ridiculous hater at this point. If your gripe was that Beyonce shouldn’t be singing the song, ok – fair enough. I don’t agree, but I can accept that point of view.
                      Now you going off on this tangent about her not singing live, well that just makes you look like a hater at this point. Damn we all might not like Beyonce, but we all know the girl can sing at this point in time. Stay upset. Beyonce will be on that stage tomorrow and either you’ll watch it, and like it, watch it and don’t like it, or don’t watch it at all. Either way, the world will still go around. Beyonce and Ledisi will both still be at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and you’ll be at home worrying about who is singing what.

                    • Carter007

                      Well said…

                    • Calvin375

                      I’ll take the latter for $1000.00, Alex!!! It’s going to be a BORE anyway!!! LOL!!! As for knowing if she can sing? Well, I couldn’t tell back in 2012 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony! You know the one she lip-synched?! So you are being very presumptuous in knowing what I think on that matter of whether or not she can sing and if she can, it’s very mediocre from what I’ve heard and not much to run home and “SING” about at all. Also, there’s one thing I never do and that’s worry. Worrying are for those who don’t have much in life to offer and who don’t know that’s there’s more to life than TV shows that only comes on once a year. I’ll be enjoying my other shows that are more to my liking and more entertaining.

                    • Aj

                      she can sing for her voice, she just can’t sing gospel she sucks at it!

                    • lamh

                      Madonna is performing…is she nominated for any Grammys tomorrow?

                    • Kennard Lilly

                      No silly. But she’s not only a Grammy Legend, but she is releasing her new single “Living For Love” and premiering it with an exclusive performance at this year’s award show. You know the same thing that happened to Beyonce last year? Her album dropped and she used the Grammy Awards as a performance premiere. Which is why it doesn’t make sense for her to sing the same song this year, because NOW the song is nominated.

                      Happens a lot when the artist is a Grammy favorite.

                    • nick

                      Let her sing ‘Precious Lord’…or how about Taylor Swift…same difference

                    • nick

                      No wonder Etta James went HAM! LOL
                      She said they didn’t want her to sing the song for the Pres that she’s been ‘singing forever’ and she was an old lady, who btw could still belt it out, then they tried to sweep her under the rug…I get it Etta, RIP

                    • Calvin375

                      I heard her( Etta) rant about it on YouTube at one of her concert performances after the Inauguration Ball.

                • Lineysha S

                  The only one attempting to belittle someone is you. I said what I said; it’s my opinion—if you don’t like it, tough. I can say whatever I want about Beyoncé—it’s a free country, and I’m stating FACTS. It’s laughable the way you’re coming at me about this. She is known for her gyrating(i.e. USING HER BODY), her outfits, and her fan lol. She knows what it takes to get peoples attention—BODY and voice. When she performs a song in a turtleneck sitting on a stool, get at me.

                  • Jay

                    lol she has performed a song in a black turtle neck sitting on a stool. ‘If I was a boy’. Damn half of her live performances are of her standing and singing.
                    lol, just curious what do you have against movement.
                    Please Beyonce can sing and she has incredible range.
                    Halo, listen, swing low, I care, I miss you at the bloody list goes on. Stop acting like all she does is ‘use her body’. And yes you are entitled to your opinion, but that also means people can call you out on your bullshit.

                  • Carter007

                    Some of you seem to be taking this issue way to personal. Its strictly business. Whether you or I are fans of Bey or Ledisi, it has no relevance to the decision by the CEO of The Grammys. And whether you like it or not Bey is the bigger performer and her record and concert sales and everything else she has touched has turned “midas.” NOT many artists can make that claim and back it up. I love Ledisi, but I also know how the decision to bump Ledisi is purely a business decision. Its NO difference if The Grammy’s bumped Bey for Aretha Franklin; Bey herself would understand. Again, whether you like it or not, whether you’re a fan or not; by industry standards Beyonce IS the QUEEN BEY right now, she dominates globally and she has the numbers to prove it and that affords her top billing. Bey herself has been bumped by artists when she was coming up the ranks, that’s the nature of the business. We should all be able to agree to disagree. IJS.

                    • lanette77

                      I disagree. See that whole “there is nothing that can be done” and “accept it as a business decision” point of view is cool but people should speak up so said CEO knows in the future that it’s not always about dollars and cents.That decision was tacky. They will never think about how this type of stuff is perceived unless people speak up. And for the record there’s no comparison of Aretha Franklin to Beyonce. For people to think there are is what’s all wrong with the music industry right now.

                    • Carter007

                      Lynette — First of ALL, I wasn’t comparing Aretha to Beyonce. Get your facts straight. I used Aretha as an example, and was simply stating that if it was Aretha who bumped Bey, Bey like any artist would understand — they know exactly how the business works. AND secondly, its NOT about the fan its about the BUSINESS. What do you think a CEO does? What is their job description? They are hired to do what’s BEST for The Grammy’s not what best for the fans of various entertainers. YOU have your favorites, I do also, just like most fans. We may not agree on our favorites but at the end of the day, our favorites is NOT what a CEO of The Grammy’s bases his/her decisions on. At the end of the day, our favorites is irrelevant. IF that was the case, he/she wouldn’t be the CEO!!! My uncle (SVP) worked at Sony for 30+ years and the music industry is all about the BUSINESS and who is dominating the industry. Period. Clearly, as a loyal Ledisi fan its personal for you from a fan standpoint, and I get that… but just like majority of fans, who only see their own perspective and make assumptions without having no real up-close and personal exposure to the facts and factors that play into the decision-making process made every day by those in the industry. If you were the CEO you can’t base your decision solely on what the “fans” think and feel; there are other factors to consider; otherwise you’d be fired and deemed incompetent. The entertainment industry is ALL about the business of making superstars, money and ratings. Period. Again… I hope we can agree to disagree.

                • woodarddi

                  Jay, when a person hates on another or is in any form resentful, they’ll say or think anything LOL.

                • lanette77

                  Oh goodness. By the length of your reply you are DEFINITELY in the Beyhive. Beyonce is grown and doesn’t always need defending especially when she’s making a bad move. She is talented and great businesswoman but she is far from perfect. From time to time she deserves critcism which helps everyone focus and do better.The right thing to do would have been for her to decline and allow Ledisi to have her moment. Now as far as your response to the other poster’s comment. It is not a undisputed fact the Beyonce is the best artist EVER. She is not best suited to do anything and everything. The poster was correct when she said Beyonce is the pop performer she is because she “uses her body” to get ahead. That’s true! I personally could see her as one of the best of the best if she could move a crowd on her vocal ability alone without having all the gimmicks and playing up to the “black girl as a sex symbol” box we seem to always fall in. I would respect what she does so much more without the tons of weave, the gyrating, and the crotch-revealing leotards. Artists like Ledisi may never be as “big” as Beyonce but will always have my upmost respect for being a class act and a total professional.

                  • Jay

                    Okay, this became all about Beyoncé very quick. I don’t know when I ever said anything about her being great or not deserving criticism or half the thing you said. Let me simply what I said.
                    1. I don’t likt it when people try to belittle people.
                    2. Beyoncé does not only ‘gryate’ and ‘use her body’
                    3. I feel Ledisi was cheated
                    4. Curious as to why they asked Beyoncé if Ledisi was available.

                    Next time simply read what a person has written. Instead of deciding what they think for yourself.

              • heyheyno

                MJ was 49 when he died so maybe by the time she is 49 she will be at MJ status

                • Lineysha S

                  When she has people passing out at the sight of her without even uttering a word(in concert, not in person lol) is the moment she will achieve MJ status. LOL!

                • woodarddi

                  according to my nephew with hormones all over the place she has surpassed Michael Jackson in his eyes rofl.

              • Ozel

                Not to throw shade at Bey, because I’m a huge fan of hers, but she will never reach MJ status. What MJ managed to do could only be done once. He also opened up that door for her… he’s in a league all of his own. It irks the heck out of me when people start comparing Beyonce to MJ. Let the man, who broke down racial, cultural, and generational barriers, broke and created records, and revolutionized music be in his own league. Beyonce might be considered an icon, but not a legend.

            • Carter007

              Agreed, whether you’re a fan of Bey or not is not the issue. In the music industry, BEY is Queen right now. She dominates and dominates around the globe. NOT many entertainers can say that and prove it!!! Bey has worked her butt off and has earned her stripes and her record, fashion line, perfume line, historic record and concert sales, etc. SAID SO!!! Bey got bump many times when she was coming up in the business. It would be no different if Bey were to get bump for Aretha Franklin; Ledisi is also an artist herself, she knows the rules of the industry. IJS

              • lanette77

                That’s all a matter of personal opinion. Beyonce sells lots and lots of albums and concert tickets. She has a lot of pop appeal because she gives the people what they want to see and looking at her act you would expect that. I personally think she’s a bit overrated when she’s compared to many more talented and unsung soul, r&b singers. She “dominates” with the same people who loved Madonna and Janet Jackson back in the day ( they put on a heck of a show too) but their fans never tried to convince the world they were the BEST singers. Dont get me wrong she responded to the critics and got some serious voice lessons a few back and its made all the difference. However, the most money and popularity does NOT equal the most talent or class. Ijs.

            • boycotting grammys

              Have you ever seen Ledisi live? I have several times. She can in and outdoors. In the cold too! I saw Beyonce sing live… Oh wait, she was lip syncing at the inauguration!

          • nick

            Nah she’ll dress like Mother Theresa and expect ya’ll to forget last year when she was cocked open..

          • Vdub2014

            Just like Mariah Carey and J. Lo. Next up is her in her 50s dancing around like Madonna haha Patti Labelle come get your girl…

        • heyheyno

          Gyrating singing precious lord….I literally laughed out loud. Thank you. I understand ya’ll want to see Ledsi but the grammys didn’t I suppose. What’s Bey suppose to do say oh no I don’t think I should perform? Nope

          • Marin

            Yes. That would be called having class and character.

            • louise_1

              Which she doesn’t have.

          • louise_1

            BEYONCE should go to hell.

      • CKM

        She said straight hair lol. That’s a called a wig, she more horse hair than a budweiser clydesdale

        • HmmmIJS

          Wig, weave, lace fronts. Whatever it is as long as it’s not no natural sisters! They hardly get a pass. The last natural sister I saw get a lot of exposure was India Arie. Look how long ago that was. People sleep on Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson…. Many more soulful singers.

          • Guess

            It’s just hair! So trivial you all are! No one is ever good enough or ‘black’ enough. Don’t like it? Don’t watch or buy!

            • HmmmIJS

              Well hey it’s just hair. I happen to wear 30 inch weaves when I’m good and ready. And for this year I’m rocking those big braids. I support kinky hair or dreads. its on your head it’s YOURs. Rock it with pride. The discussion is about natural looking sister taking a back seat. I’ve permed my hair all my life but I can still say when I meet certain people they are ignorant towards anything natural. Years back I wanted to go natural and dread my hair my aunt said “dreads isn’t for everyone” and so I did not do it. Because she has an issue with natural hair! Any way no one needs to point out the obvious. For a long time most neo soul singers played the back ground. I’m just saying give other genres of music a chance and the artist that sing it. People don’t like people who looks different. I will sit at a Beyoncé concert and twist my neck all sorts of ways if I want and I will go to see Jill Scott and click my dang fingers. Let’s keep it real and not try to pretend. Do you see Jill Scott on 106 and park? Lml. Nope!

              • nicemonkeys

                Jill Scott wears weave all of the time, what the hell are you talking about, in fact all the females you mention wear weaves….

                • HmmmIJS

                  Jill started off natural. -_- bye monkey!

                  • nicemonkeys

                    Ha! Jill scott was never natural, occasionally she might rock natural, but thats just like every other artist and regular females, either white or black…I am loosing your logic here…

                    • HmmmIJS

                      Is Ledesi not natural?? i hope you get past 101 likes tonight.. Yawning.. good night bad monkey.. i dont speak to trolls .. Ive read your threads on other sites… your attacking ppl and looking for attention…My bed is calling…Moohazzz

                    • nicemonkeys

                      oh so that why we do it, for likes..Ha basic high school way of marketing oneself. But back to the subject, the person on trail here was not her but Jill, try again, I love it when simples get some type of yaw, and use words that my 5 year old like to use ” Yawning” Seriously? If you read my thread on other post, well thats good, than you would know how much I dislike simples. An attack would be (aggressive action against (a place or enemy forces) with weapons or armed force, typically in a battle or war:) ummm, That I take a left turn somewhere, i taught I replied with a statement you mad, that didn’t hold no credibility to it…Ha, IM DONE HERE!

                    • HmmmIJS

                      Its TRIAL not Trail honey.. get a command for the English language.. I will give you time to edit and review your comments.. I can tell your not use to dialogue and good critical thinking skills..

                      And its not simples its SIMPLETON..

                      Not than you would know, its THEN you would know..

                      its not “i taught i replied with a statement.. taught is past tense for teach.. you meant to say THOUGHT..

                      Listen here brother or whatever you are go back to school and ask to see the Principal they did not teach you how to spell or sentence structure.. If you are going to attack people via the internet try and speak like you have had an education.. If you need my number i can give you free lessons on English and help you create a resume!

                    • nicemonkeys

                      Its one dot. But we are to bust spell checking on a message board, and my dialogue and critical thinking is find on my part, so you must be refering to your yourself.

                    • nicemonkeys

                      you are really saying a whole lot of nothing.

                    • Now THAT was funny!

                      ROTFL!!!!!!

                    • GIRLBYE

                      While you’re so busy correcting someone else let me help YOU.

                      Learn the difference between YOU YOU’RE AND YOUR .

                    • Calvin375

                      You’re stupid. You probably don’t even know what Jill Scott’s first song/video is called and what she looked like 15 years ago. Jill in her first years of success always rocked her natural hair. You need to educate yourself and stop sounding unintelligent.

                    • HmmmIJS

                      Calvin where have you been all my life??!!

                    • Calvin375

                      Sometimes, certain people speak without even checking their facts and history on any subject just to win an argument and I find it disingenuous to win an argument on those basis. It shows a level of immaturity and laziness on their part.

                    • HmmmIJS

                      That’s why I stopped responding. I read all his replies. Let him have the last word. He proved my point the more he responded. He’s illiterate.

                    • nicemonkeys

                      I grew up in west Philly! I came to the states at the age of 9, and Philly is where I have been, until I graduated from high school. After High school I went of to Miami to attend UM. I grew up in the Overwork section of West Phill. Actually Will Smith grew up on my block. Soul music was very popular back in the 2000s, everyone in Philly was hip to it, matter of fact, there was a big movement in soul music in Philly. My close friend Mathew was a back of singer for Patty Label, He was supper young, so he only did local performance, but he was also a soul singer. A soul bar thats located on 52 street, It was the spot back than, Also when the legendary blue horizon use to host Jazz and soul music concerts. I was about 16 when I first met her, i was working for this afro centric art gallery located in the old city section of Philly. Anyways that Jazz bar was the spot back than, and Jill use to performed there. Also Jill Scott every year before Jill became popular or mainstream, use to performed at the Philly block jazz festival. I think I have seen her enough time to recognize that she wasn’t always 100% natural, but that man/woman made, would make you think the wise, and thats the only reason why I made a statement, but hehe didn’t like that to much I guess. But you, you just blew everything back in your face. So lets see, I do know a lot about her music and soul music in general, so does jaguar, Kindred family, Musiq, Bilal, back than, when floetry was apart of the soul movement, their first album was produce here in Philly. I was young, but i was in the studio with them, watching them performed. So I guess your the stupid one, and yes I know to much about Jill and soul music.

                      So do you have any stories to tell? or are you calling me stupid because you got offended? I am not sure ……….

                    • Calvin375

                      You haven’t said anything that was offensive. I called you stupid because of your lack of knowledge on R &B/Soul music and its artists. BTW, I’ve actually met and spoke with Patti LaBelle many years ago before the “New Attitude” days. I also notice your lack of knowledge on the subject because you failed to even know how or when Jill Scott had her humble beginnings or the fact that you didn’t even know that Jill wore her hair in a natural. BTW, please stop trying to sound more intelligent on the subject of R& B/Soul music than you really are; To say that you knew about R & B/Soul music in the early 2000’s is absolutely laughable to me and many others who know the history of our music. Soul music has been around before you and I were both brought into this world. The root of it started in the Blues/ Jazz era. That’s at least 75 years ago. You really don’t anything about R & B/Soul music at all. You are really embarrassing yourself and you come off sounding very immature and an amateur on the subject. The 2000’s is when R & B/Soul music died! At least in the mainstream arena where all you hear now is this garbage!!! Anyone who knows about R& B/Soul music knows that fact. This is an insult to me and today’s school system. Get educated before you even attempt to challenge me on this subject matter any further. I’ll give you a head start. Here are some names you can research and look up at your leisure; Fats Waller, Domino Fats, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Jackie Wilson, Rosetta Thorpe, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight. You can start with these legends. Until then, stop embarrassing yourself.

                    • nicemonkeys

                      what in the world are you talking about? your completely on a different subject, and if you think Im stupid or whatever towards soul music, well so be, I don’t have the energy nor the time to go back in forth on a comment section. best of luck with you.

                    • Calvin375

                      I know you don’t know what I’m talking about because it’s beyond
                      your minimal comprehension. But, rest assure , it is not I who got off topic. You just can’t keep up.

                    • nicemonkeys

                      Okay buddy, throwing around insult sure makes you seem as if you know better than me,, when you clearly don’t. But since you are good at throwing insult, you should be the scholar of the year. Dude sit down some where, your not saying nothing. Keep up with what, Insult? I made my case already. You said I don’t know nothing about soul music, I proved not only that i know to well about it, I grew up in it, I mingle with such artist, went to countless of concerts by jILL, jaguar and bilal. I was apart of October gallery African American arts, which also own a studio that product a lot of these artist hits, and also represent afro centric consciousness. I’ve seen jill to many time with natural weave, but not her real natural hair. I don’t know what more I can say she is not all natural, an d yes buddy that was the topic at hand, but you went of topic stating I don’t know nothing about soul music, so you keep up. You dismissed my statement with some none sense, and than you try to bellowed my statements with some random crap, you claim I have no idea about soul music, not me, so how is that of topic? When I mad it clear that i did. What the hell did you think my the story was all about? but it went over your head and you dismiss that as well…And now your saying I can’t keep up? keep up with what, insults? clearly this is not a dialogue of any form.

                    • Calvin375

                      It’s no wonder you can’t keep up. Your sentence structure, grammar and spelling is atrocious. I could barely understand anything you’ve just wrote. As far as the subject/s are concern, it was about Jill Scott’s natural hair that she rocked 15 years ago and then you made the fatal mistake and said R& B/Soul music was popular just 15 years ago. That was hilarious and it also showed your lack of knowledge and limitations on the subject on the musical history of R & B/Soul music. You’re the one that has lost your way on these comments. You can’t even keep up with your own subject matter. I’ve also provided you with some historical and legendary pioneers in R & B/ Soul music, in which, I guess you’ve also failed to comprehend as well what the illustrations were for in this context? I’ll clarify for you; It was for you to research and to learn about R & B /Soul music and its legendary pioneers and to stop looking like an idiot repeating yourself about Bilal, Jill and Jaguar as if they were pioneers, when they weren’t. It probably would surprise you to know that they’ve also learned from the greats of the 1940’s, 50’s 60’s 70’s and 80’s as well. You should take heed( That means, pay attention) and take notes as well and stop coming across as if you know everything. That’s the problem with you and some of your generation; You think you know it all and still, you know absolutely nothing at all and you even have the internet!!! How very sad. You make it so easy for me to insult you. It’s African American History Month. It’s time to shake off the cob webs of your mind and crack open a book or at least do a web search on the internet.

                    • nicemonkeys

                      You claim that you did not understand a thing I have wrote, but yet you got the fact that the whole thing was apart you coming of topic. ” rocked 15 years ago and then you made the fatal mistake and said R& B/Soul music was popular just 15 years ago” I think you are reading the wrong comment, not once did I mention such thing. I have no idea what you are talking about. Dude you are delusional and obviously something is wrong with your mental not mines. Nothing is wrong with my grammar or sentences structure. I made my point, and it was registered clearly, you can keep that negative crap to yourself. Im not in the market to absorb such negativity, and I don’t need to make myself sound like I know everything, the fact is, i know what I am talking about. good luck with finding your puppet, but sir I am not the one. you know what……You have been dismiss! why am I EVEN trying to have a intellectual convo with a negative lo life, who can’t seem to stick his head out his own ass…Give me a favor, stop reply too my comments.

                    • Calvin375

                      The word is OFF. Not of. It’s OFF!!! O-F-F!!! Please go back to school to learn how to spell. You’ve done that several times already and it’s a 1st grade word!!! I was always on topic. You just couldn’t follow or comprehend( That means to understand). Not only did you say 15 years in your very comment to me, but that is when I called you unintelligent.

                      This is your exact comment; “Actually Will Smith grew up on my block. Soul music was very popular back in the 2000s”,
                      In case you didn’t notice, the 2000’s started 15 years. Now you’re telling me you can’t count.

                      Again, the word is “dismissed”. That’s spelled D-I-S-M-I-S-S-E-D. Also, the phrase is, “Do me a favor?” not “Give Me a Favor”. It is also a request that should be in a form of a question.
                      Believe me, if you were my puppet, it would be an upgrade for you!!!

                    • Calvin375

                      BTW, there’s no such word as “convo”. It’s “conversation”. Don’t be lazy and learn how to spell. To have an intelligent conversation, one must first grasp the concept of the English language and spelling which will enable you to be intelligent, which at this time, is not afforded to you.

                    • HmmmIJS
                    • HmmmIJS

                      Excellent argument..And Sarah Vaughn, who Jill is compared to often!

              • Calvin375

                Let’s call a thing a thing. White people don’t like to see black people who look more ethnic than themselves; Which is totally different. It’s not acceptable and unfortunately, some of our own people ( such as some on this blog) have been brainwashed and a problem with their own racial ethnicity.

                • HmmmIJS

                  Thank you very much. I’m waiting for mmmmdot to let people on here have it. Cause I’m thinking wth is wrong with me saying they don’t like natural looking people. Its been an issue in the work force too. A natural hair sister and a sister with a weave up for the same position. A friend of mines works at Goldman Sachs, the sister that referred her told her to perm her hair. She’s wasn’t polished enough. It’s not only them that acts funny toward US we hate what we see in the mirror too. Not many of us can take that weave out and say I love me as I am.

                  And to the trolls Jill Scott received a lot of backlash for perming her hair. She was natural for 20 years.

                  First they perm your hair then in some cases they lighten your skin. IN SOME CASES.

                  At the end of the day you looking European makes your image on the tv a little better to look at.

            • HmmmIJS

              Solange and Beyoncé cut from the same cloth and they both have different personal styles. They are both beautiful in their individual right but Solange is a free spirit and she never hit mainstream like Beyoncé. So it’s not light and dark always. It’s just the image thats displayed on television. Solange is on this Afrocentric vibe. She will never be as famous as her sister when it comes to what people want to see on TV. And I loved that song TONY.

              • nicemonkeys

                I love it when experts hit website’s to show case their human social and behavior skills, that they
                9did not) receive from a renounce University. It amaze me on how much they know about celebrities. Ha!

                • HmmmIJS

                  Bad monkey are you back? Have you read all my threads today??? Jill Scott was naturallllll/.// Chrisette Michelle Natural!! And i wasnt speaking specifically about everyone mentioned.. But since you want to be condescending you TROLL looking for LIKES i will like your one azz comment!

                  Do you see that i gave you a ^^^ lol.. now go sit down and have several seats… This is a discussion for people who are contributing, not for trolls.. see ya..

                  • nicemonkeys

                    Bad monkey are you back? Have you read all my threads today??? Boy do i hate it when Psycho fans TROLL sites arguing with people over Beyonce.. get your wrist game together hunty…

                    Jill Scott was naturallllll/.// Chrisette Michelle & angie stone Natural!! Solange is natural! read everything… And i wasnt speaking specifically about everyone mentioned.. But since you want to be condescending you TROLL looking for LIKES i will like your one azz comment!

                    Do you see that i gave you a ^^^ lol.. now go sit down and have several seats… This is a discussion for people who are contributing, not for trolls.. see ya..

                    Wha the hell that have to do with my statement? Again, sit down some where, you to busy trying to make yourself sound logical, smart or whatever you doing, but in reality your not saying nothing. I am done here. PS great sentences structure by the way, and I see that English 101 class really did help you out.

                • HmmmIJS

                  Why dont they have a block button for TROLLS????

                  • nicemonkeys

                    oops, didn’t mean to get you mad! But that’s how it usually get, when you put basic logics back into their caves…

                    • HmmmIJS

                      Boy do you hear yourself? I have to laugh.. You reply the same way you speak.. Illiterate… this is the only platform i will give you free lessons..

                      Lesson 1.. Make sure when you come for someone you have a proper command of the ENGLISH language..

                      Lesson 2.. Get should be plural..

                      Lesson 3 Get a life…I am going to give you another ^^^ for trying.. you get a C- for effort tonight..

                    • nicemonkeys

                      Ha! Well that last comment of mines sure went over your head…If you taught it was meant for an English lesson 101, well you just showed how well you (can’t) comprehend Information. I don’t think I need to come for you, or whatever that may mean. But I need English 101, have you seen your writing skills lately? But anyways whatever you are doing, please keep it up, because you are truly showcasing my point, on how simple your logics are. You must be at least 16, or something. I am done here; I’ve said what I had to say base on your comment. I am not here for your shenanigans of throw for throw. If you didn’t like what I said about Jill and the rest of the woman on that not being natural, 80 percent of the time, than I don’t know what to tell you, but what I am not going to do is play a tagging game with you. Your comment doesn’t really hold any substance, being natural or not is not really a reason why these females aren’t on a higher platform. But we could have had a logical back and forth point of view, but I can see I made my statement to someone who likes insult, more than English lesson 101. That’s hypostasis, backing up statements with fact ex…..But you didn’t, instead I got insult. I am done here.

                • HmmmIJS

                  Your sentence structure is poor.. Let me give you a lesson in grammar young man.. Read, its still legal.. Begin with the dictionary!

                  A renounce University -_-… i suggest you start with reading the dictionary now!!

                  • nicemonkeys

                    Your sentence structure is poor.. Let me give you a lesson in grammar young man.. Read, its still legal.. Begin with the dictionary!

                    A renounce University -_-… i suggest you start with reading the dictionary now!! and this is suppose to be better sentences structure? Please, sit down some where.

                  • nicemonkeys

                    throwing insult…Is that all you can do? I pretty much dismiss your logic. Making statements with no actual substance to it doesn’t make you a university graduate, and now your re mad. Well maybe I NEED TO ATTEND THAT UNIVERSITY YOU ATTENDED.

              • ariel

                Tony was a great song!

              • Candy30

                I like them both but Solange has written songs for her sister……but she will always be good…. you are absolutely right she is a free spirit and don’t want the fame like Bey…I wouldn’t either you can’t do normal shit…so it can be very stressful. …..I’ll pass the wealth I’ll take all day…. lol

                • HmmmIJS

                  Look how peaceful she looked at her wedding and her caption was “IM NOW ONE, WITH THE ONE”, she’s amazing!

                  I’m sure she had some influence in Blu’s hair staying natural!

          • Brittany

            Ledisi, I saw her live not that long ago… that woman’s voice gives me life

            • HmmmIJS

              lol..

              off topic Jazmine Sullivan is on tour !!!

          • nick

            WOW if Keke sung it…whew! But it would still be wrong in my eyes because Ledisi should’ve been given a chance

            • HmmmIJS

              Love me some Keke Wyatt. Her voice is phenomenal.

        • Virginia Alexander

          yep yep …….how can B represent LOREAL haircolor ? UNBELIVABLE . No shame n B game . Comes off as a joke most times .

          • woodarddi

            She already represented LOREAL, Virginia Alexander. Didn’t you see the commercial?

        • YOYO

          THAT WAS A GOOD ONE….

        • Sharon

          Yes!

      • Kim Jones

        What a sad and stupid thread. Enough of black women tearing each other down. If we want Ledisi in the spotlight then buy her CDs, support her music. How many of you are doing that. Shocked that rubbish and broken Kanye is performing twice-that I do have issues with.

        • HmmmIJS

          My play list is full of artist like her and other Neo-soul singers. Down to Kindred who people really don’t invite to sing anywhere. I’m a lover of Bilal and that entire movement of singers who sing from their soul!

          Yuna and Alina Baraz are great singers as well. Underrated but great!

          And if the thread is stupid why comment? Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Its a healthy debate IMO and I’m gone.

        • disqus_NCuVe2U88c

          OMG This. Why does everything have to be about color? Surely any idiot can understand that Pop music is FAR more popular than neo-soul. It’s all numbers period. Look at Robin Thicke he is white and sings soul but didn’t get a hit till Blurred Lines! Who would create a bigger moment? Bey or Ledisi? Exactly. Lol at the writer saying it’s because Bey is light skinned with straight hair, ha! Not because she is the biggest entertainer in the world, who also happens to be a black woman. YOU my dear need to WAKE UP!

        • disqus_NCuVe2U88c

          And ugh I couldn’t agree more with you’re Kanye statement. I am so sick of him I don’t know what to do with myself

        • Guess

          Exactly!

        • miamac

          Tell them, Kim!! I too am tire of the hatred, which is nothing more than jealous, although they will of course argue it to be something different. Until black women learn to uplift each other up, they will always been seen as ‘the angry black woman’ and unfortunately, rightfully so. smh

        • woodarddi

          I personally prefer Beyoncé, and that’s who’s cd’s I buy. I have never and probably will never buy a Ledsi CD. Now when Whitney was alive, I bought everything she ever did and downloaded everything that was not for sale. Whitney was a singer and a performer who commanded the stage. Beyoncé can sing basically what she wants when she wants it, and is a great performer. the people have spoken by record sales. Get over it. Everybody can’t be number 1.

          • Beamer Beamer

            Ledisi sings rings around B without even trying, but I want nothing but the best for my sisters. No hating here.

            • woodarddi

              She might sing around her but the people have spoken through record sales. Me and many others that I know would not move a muscle to see Ledisi, but we gonna program our digital equipment to see Beyoncé. Beyoncé is a total package. Ledisi does nothing for the eyes, and quite frankly I’m sick of those big lumpy braids on her head, or dis she change hairstyles?

        • Twhit

          well said.

      • Ret2Go

        I agree with you and this whole article. It truly is about what what mainstream wants to hear. It has nothing to do with supporting an artist for Ledisi has been nominated for several grammy’s since 2008. She’s even nominated this year. Like Beyonce or not, you have to admit that shes not a soul singer. She is a pop icon, that’s it. If you put her in an R&B category with Ledisi, Jilly from Philly, India Irie, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michelle. She would win the category and she should not. Not saying she has not talent, she’s just no Jilly from Philly and she’s no India Irie. So is Chris Brown. The year he took the grammy for Best R&B album over an artist like El Debarge, R. Kelly, Ledisi, and Kelly Price…I was 38 HOT!! Love CB, but dude doesn’t even write his music!!!! How did he get the grammy for best album over Ledisi?!?

        • HmmmIJS

          Preach!

          And how did I forget Chrisette! Shes on my play list too. A couple of forevers :-))))

        • miamac

          Why be boxed anyways! Why can’t good music just be good music? Your numbers, sales and/or plus social media popularity/metrics, should speak for you. If you LIKE SUPPOSED ARTIST, buy their music, go to their concerts, buy their merchandise. Too many black people want something for nothing. If we are being honest, and the numbers speak volumes for those who cannot, WE DO NOT FINANCIALLY SUPPORT our own.

          • Calvin375

            Is this about numbers or about the quality of the music? Because if you’re talking about the GARBAGE they put out today, then I understand very well it’s about the numbers. But, if you want true quality and lyrical content, then it’s about the music and I mean, REAL R& B/Soul music. The kind that everybody can not sing. Including; Chris Brown, Rihanna and the B. One ( the numbers) has nothing to do with the other( R& B/Soul music).

        • twhit

          So true.

        • Kennard Lilly

          Chris, absolutely writes his own music, as well as music for many different artists. He has penned several hits, including Rihanna’s ‘Disturbia’ and Mary J. Blige’s ‘Stronger’. While I may not necessarily like the cat or agree with his stance on beating women, he most definitely writes his own music. Do a simple Google search.

      • woodarddi

        Give the people what they want! I’m not running to turn my TV on for Ledisi. I will turn it on for Beyoncé. No disrespect to Ledisi, but she does not do anything for me as far as performing. Beyoncé is a performer. Beyoncé will bring the bigger ratings. This is business.

        • HmmmIJS

          And main stream would like to see lights and action! Numbers don’t lie. The network wants to trend on Twitter!

        • Kennard Lilly

          And Beyonce has 6 nominations for the night, Ledisi has 1. Again who should be opening the show?

      • deena

        lmao

      • Lisa Johnson

        Exactly….Like a stripper in a strip club.

        • HmmmIJS

          lol.. did you just compare her to a stripper in a club?? Keep your thumbs ready..some fanatics will be responding soon to that attack against Bey.. -_-

      • They could easily introduce her to the mainstream or let them duet so that they can be introduced to Ledisi. Notice how Missy jumped up on Spotify and iTunes after she reintroduced herself to the mainstream. The same could have happened for Ledisi.

        • HmmmIJS

          I agree. Nothing happens before its time. When it’s her turn to share her light she will. I’m for all genres of music, I’d just like the world to know we have other singers that can blow.

      • Kennard Lilly

        Did you not watch last years show when she opened with ‘Drunk in Love’

        • HmmmIJS

          I said that somewhere on here… Whats for you is for you.. Nothing happens before its time.. No one can block anyone’s blessing..

        • HmmmIJS

          She does an excellent job performing every where.. I never said she wasnt a great entertainer..
          The On the Run Tour is my fav performances from her.. Esp when she did the remix with Nicki.. We like swag in NYC, and that i commend her for..

      • chinuex

        I do not think that Bey will be doing any gyrating on this performance….at least I hope not.

      • nick

        Hell they could’ve asked Mary J Blige…but no…still wrong

        • HmmmIJS

          Lol. Right. But I get your drift.

    • ShamIamGlam !

      ditto