I noted in my earlier post gushing over my favorite Grammys performances that while I loved Beyonce's ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’, some thought Ledisi should've done it. Now Beyoncé has posted an incredible behind-the-scenes video of her preparation for the Grammys performance. In the BTS video, Beyonce explains why she asked to sing the song during the show’s ‘Selma’ tribute.
“My grandparents marched with Dr. King. My grandfather was a part of the first generation that attended the all-white school. My father has grown up with a alot of trauma from those experiences. I feel like now I can sing for his pain, I can sing for my grandparents pain. I can sing for some of the families that have lost their sons.”
As part of the mini-documentary, the African-American men who stand and sing behind her during the performance each take turns sharing their personal experiences in dealing with racism, what the song means to them, and much more.
Meanwhile, Ledisi has said she doesn't mind Beyonce singing the song. She tells Entertainment Tonight:
“I don’t have a clue [why I’m not singing it.] But 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, then, I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyonce. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history. I’d rather look at it like that instead of looking at it as a negative. To me it’s a great honor to be part of a great song by Thomas Dorsey.”