Beyoncé sang powerful and soulful renditions of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles" utilizing holograms, digital screens, and headpieces to evoke religious symbolism from Hindu goddesses to the Virgin Mary. Of course, Beyoncé also debuted her baby bump for the first time in public on the stage giving her beautiful lyrics and introduction from her mother, Tina Lawson, even more meaning. At one point she even recreated the majestic and flower-power backdrop from her jaw-dropping pregnancy announcement Instagram that broke records.
The performance ended with Somali-British poet Warsan Shire's poetry ("If we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious. 1,000 girls raise their arms. Do you remember being born?") as Bey stared into our souls. Slay us, queen.
The singer led the Grammys nomination pack, snagging nine nods—including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year—for her surprise and no-holds-barred visual album Lemonade. (Bey is also the most nominated female artist in history, making her status on the Grammys stage legendary to begin with.)
In true Bey form, the star announced her pregnancy just weeks before the award show, posting a majestic photo to Instagram (followed by a flawless underwater photoshoot) with news of her twins that shut the Internet down. Her Grammys nomination evoked her 2011 VMAs performance where she shocked (of course) fans by debuting her baby bump—now known as slay-worthy five-year-old Blue Ivy. The singer is also set to perform at Coachella this year, but no word yet if her due date will force her to cancel.
Watch moments from the show-stopping performance, below.
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