Feb 13, 2017
Beyonce, who made her first public appearance at the Grammy's since her surprise announcement that she is expecting twins, made sure to use the platform to celebrate pregnancy.
The first image of the bump was a video montage as she performed a nine minute medley of 'Love Drought' and 'Sandcastles' from her 'Lemonade' album.
Queen Bey, who looked ethereal in an embellished golden gown and a gold crown, asked her mom Tina Knowles to introduce the performance.
'I'm blessed to have daughters, wonderful daughters, all of whom make me proud with everything they do,' Knowles told the crowd as reported by E! Online.
'I am proud of their accomplishments, their self-confidence, and their desire to make a difference. What makes me most proud and why I'm here tonight to introduce Beyonce is the devotion and love I see in her for her daughter and the way she has always expressed love to all of those around her. I believe she earned nine Grammy nominations for her 'Lemonade' album this year because of all that and more. It's evident in her powerful words and music.'
Knowles added, 'Ladies and gentlemen, with a mother's pride, my daughter: Beyonce.'
In a voiceover, the singer then began, 'Do you remember being born? Are you thankful for the hips that cracked, the deep velvet of your mother and her mother and her mother? You look nothing like your mother; everything like your mother. You desperately want to look like her.'
'How to wear your mother's lipstick? You must wear it like she wears disappointment on her face. Your mother is a woman, and women like her cannot be contained. I think of love as trees, growing to and from one another, searching for the same light. Why are you afraid of love? You think it's not possible for someone like you, but you are the love of my life. The love of my life.'
Caressing her belly, the hitmaker concluded, 'There is a curse that will be broken. One thousand girls raise their arms now that reconciliation is possible. If we're gonna heal, let it be glorious.'
The 35-year-old didn't walk the red carpet earlier, nor did she take her seat in the arena. Jay Z and Blue Ivy Carter, however, were photographed sitting in the crowd just before she hit the stage.
Beyonce also picked up the trophy for 'Lemonade' and said in her acceptance speech she made the album to 'confront issues that make us uncomfortable.'
Just like her performance, her speech also won raves: 'My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable.'
She also said it is important for her to show images to her children that reflect their beauty so that, 'they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House, and the Grammys, and see themselves and have no doubt that they're beautiful, intelligent and capable.'
'This is something I want for every child of every race, and I feel it's vital that we learn from the past and recognize our mistakes,' reports The Washington Post.