[Watch] Beyoncé Sings “Take My Hand Precious Lord” For Selma Tribute, Ledisi Comments On “Snub”
Earlier this week, we told you that although Ledisi performed “Take My Hand Precious Lord” for Ava DuVerney’s Selma, Beyoncé would be joining John Legend and Common for a special tribute at tonight’s Grammy Awards. As promised, Bey took the stage and to no surprise to us, she did an amazing job. While we’re always here to ride for Queen Bey, as previously stated, we found it to be extremely slighting that Ledisi was not invited to partake in this performance, considering that she starred in the movie and all. However, we suppose that’s all water under the bridge at this point.
According to John Legend, Beyoncé is actually the one who approached him about the performance.
“We were actually approached by Beyoncé. She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us,” the singer told ET. “You don’t really say no to Beyoncé if she asks to perform with you.”
While on the red carpet tonight, Ledisi told Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier that she “had no clue” why Beyoncé would be partaking in the tribute instead of her, but it seems that she refuses to waste time dwelling on it.
“What I will say and what I’m excited about is that I had the pleasure of playing an iconic figure in Selma, and the song, ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord,’ it’s been going on forever – starting with the queen Mahalia [Jackson], the queen of soul Aretha Franklin,” said the soul singer. “Then, I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyoncé. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history.”
Such a class act, that Ledisi.
Watch Beyoncé’s performance below.