The pregnant pop star took the stage and during an extended intro, moved elegantly in front of a changing visual backdrop to the slinky synth loop of “Love Drought.” Beyoncé’s pre-taped recitation of Warsan Shire’s poem for Lemonade played alongside the instrumental.
Bey assumed full goddess mode as she moved gracefully through “Love Drought” while backed by an array of dancers. However, she followed this gorgeous extravagance with pure simplicity, sitting down and belting a devastating rendition of “Sandcastles.” The performance closed on an optimistic note, with Beyoncé reciting another Shire line, “If we’re going to heal, let it be glorious/ One thousand girls raise their arms.”
Beyoncé, who recently announced that she is pregnant with twins, was nominated for nine awards, including Record of the Year for “Formation,” Album of the Year for Lemonade and Best Rock Performance for “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” She won Best Music Video for “Formation” and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.
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The singer has performed at many Grammy ceremonies over the years. Last year, she surprised audiences with a cover of the gospel classic “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” before John Legend and Common’s “Glory.” The year prior, she opened the show with Jay Z for a rendition of their duet “Drunk in Love.” Back in 2004, Beyoncé and Prince performed a medley of Prince’s greatest hits to open the 46th Grammy Awards, and at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008, she joined Tina Turner onstage for a rendition of “Proud Mary.” The appearance was Turner’s public comeback after years away from the spotlight and live performances.
Watch Adele’s emotional performance of “Hello” at the 2017 Grammy Awards.