How Much Do You Know About the African Goddesses Beyoncé Brought to the Grammy's Main Stage?

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Beyonce performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

How Much Do You Know About the African Goddesses Beyoncé Brought to the Grammy's Main Stage?

Queen B stays schoolin' life.

Published February 13, 2017

During her incredible performance at the Grammys, Beyoncé paid homage to all things motherly. Before the music icon appeared physically on stage, images of herself, her mother, and her daughter draped in yellow were projected on a screen.

Although some may assume the yellow is in reference to her album Lemonade, the soon-to-be mother of twins was introducing the world to Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of sensuality, love and fertility. 

Although many viewers of the Grammys may be unfamiliar with Oshun, Beyoncé had no issue using her platform to take everyone to school and celebrate African womanhood.

  1. Oshun, who belongs to the Yoruba people of Nigeria, is often depicted in yellow

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  2. Artistic representations of Oshun are nearly identical to the images of Beyoncé shown during the Grammys

    Additionally, Beyoncé recognized the African water spirit Mami Wata, or Mother Water. According to Smithsonian magazine, Mami Wata is often seen with long, flowing hair and appears to be half-human and half-fish. 

  3. Oshun-inspired fashion was also recognized in Beyoncé's hit 'Hold Up'
  4. Beyoncé's growth as a woman and a mother has beautifully represented the African diaspora

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  5. After watching her performance, many applauded the Queen for bringing African beauty to the main stage

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


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