Beyoncé's performance of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at Sunday night's Grammys soon became one of the main topics of discussion the following morning. Serving as a segue into Common and John Legend's performance of their award-winning song "Glory," the spirited performance was deliberately crafted to reflect the positivity of Black men, she says in a behind-the-scenes exclusive.
In a clip posted to her site, Beyoncé and the background singers, a group of Black men with different life stories and backgrounds, talk about preparing for the performance. Some of the men even revealed their personal experiences with racial profiling and police brutality.
"I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in Black men," Bey says in the black-and-white short.
The 20-time Grammy Award winner also explains how she witnessed her father struggle with racism as a young adult and how she now feels like she can serve as a vessel for those who have lost loved ones due to pain inflicted by hatred.
"My grandparents marched with Dr. King. My father was a part of the first generation of Black men that attended an all-white school," she says "My father has grown up with a lot 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."
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