Beyoncé, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder, who just announced she is pregnant with twins, took to the Grammys stage with a message about female strength and the powerful relationship between mothers and daughters.
The message of female empowerment started with her mother, Tina Knowles, who introduced her.
“I am blessed to have daughters. Wonderful daughters all of whom make me produce with what they do. … I am proud of their accomplishments, their self-confidence and their desire to make a difference,” Knowles said.
Beyoncé, who headlined the Global Citizen Festival in 2015 and performed with Jay Z in 2014, then came to the stage in a gold, jeweled gown with a matching crown on her head. She cradled her stomach, swollen with twins, as a hologram of herself moved across the stage.
“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,” a voiceover of Beyoncé said.
“You look nothing like your mother. You look 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.”
Surrounded on the stage by a dozen or so women seemed to bow down in Beyoncé's presence, she sang “Love Drought,” from her album “Lemonade,” followed by “Sandcastles.”
“There is a curse that will be broken,” Beyoncé’s voice said after she sang both songs. “One thousand girls raise their arms. Now that reconciliation is possible, if we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious.”
Later, when accepting the award for "Best Urban Contemporary Album, Beyoncé shared more words of wisdom:
“We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror — first to their own families, the news, the Super Bowl, 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. I feel it's vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
Social media instantly filled with praise for the singer.