Beyonce, having already won three Grammy awards for her self-titled album, introduced John Legend and Common’s performance of the Golden Globe-winning song “Glory” from the film Selma with a booming, emotional performance of the gospel standard “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the singer, helping detail the history of the song. Written by Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey, the song was a favorite of Martin Luther King Jr., who is the subject of the Oscar-nominated Selma.
Beyonce appeared angelic in all white, surrounded by a choir of male singers in white suits. Her delivery of the hymn was triumphant but somber, staying still as she sang through the classic. After silencing the orchestra, she thanked the audience and introduced Common and Legend, who will also perform the song at the Academy Awards on February 22nd.
On Sunday, Beyonce won for Best Surround Sound Album, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. The latter two were both with her husband Jay Z for their collaboration “Drunk in Love.” The pair opened last year’s show with their sensual duet.
Beyonce has won 20 Grammy awards both as a solo artist and member of Destiny’s Child. Prior to this year, her last award was in 2012 for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top.” Paltrow performed at the Grammy awards with CeeLo Green in 2011, singing Green’s hit “Fuck You.”