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Beyonce Owes Ledisi Apology after “awkward rendition” at Grammys, Says Blogger

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beyonce-grammys-performance-770By Michal Ortner

At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé was given the opportunity to perform “Precious Lord, Take my Hand,” which was used in the inspirational film, Selma. While her performance was fitting enough, some are asking why the singer who sang on the original Selma soundtrack, Ledisi, did not perform for millions to see. Huffington Post writer Kim Lute is one of the most outspoken critics of the questionable Grammy decision.

“Ledisi, with a crown of enviable braids and beautiful dark skin, was passed over by an artist whose nose job, ten pounds of blonde hair, and suspiciously alabaster skin has no doubt aided in her ascent to the top,” writes Lute.

Lute not only desired to see Ledisi on stage, but she obviously felt that Beyoncé’s voice was not up to par to perform the legendary gospel tune.

“Beyoncé wanted to sing it, and we did not breathlessly await her performance as much as we were left to grudgingly endure it. Through much of her awkward rendition I found myself praying that our precious Lord would take the mic,” Lute humorously explained.

Allowing Beyoncé to perform the Mahalia Jackson ballad “was a moment of distinct sensitivity and consequence,” writes Lute.

Apparently, John Legend and Common were partially responsible for what is being viewed as a terribly unjust move. The two artists say that Beyoncé asked them if she could join their Selma dedication set to sing the song, and they were up for it.

“No one says no to Beyoncé,” said John Legend.

“Not only should they be ashamed of robbing Ledisi of her chance to perform before a vast, rapt audience, but Common and John Legend should be embarrassed that one person (or “camp”) caused them to make a decision that put their character under the glaring, and yes, unforgiving, eye of the public,” Lute contends.

“Now that the damage has been done, whether it was intentional or not, sincere apologies are in order. Surely, she who ‘rules the world’ can make an earnest attempt at an apology. You can sing them or perform an interpretive dance. But if there was ever a time when one artist needed to take the stage in deference to another — and Lord knows we know how much Beyoncé loves to take the stage — it’s now,” Lute writes.

Ledisi responded to the uproar with a respectful, classy comment: “What 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.”

Do you agree with Kim Lute? Should Ledisi have sang the song instead of Beyoncé? Are apologies in order?



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  1. lini

    February 15, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    This woman needs to grow up and focus on things that actually matter. So many black people are so painfully insecure about their skin color that they lash out at lighter skinned out of envy and jealousy. Stop looking for the media to validate you and tell you that it’s ok to have dark skin, learn to love yourself. The grammy’s want ratings, they want people to watch. So if they had to choose between a relatively unknown artist and an internationally known artist they’re going to go with latter.

    • Daisy

      February 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      I beg your pardon Lini but Ledisi is not an unknown artist. Ratings our not, she should have performed the song. Her voice is more suited for that type of song. Beyonce found out while trying to perform that song that she cannot sing everything. She didn’t have the chops for that soulful spiritual song.

  2. jaime love

    February 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Beyonce STRUGGLED with that song!


  3. Bucktooth

    February 15, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Ledisi should have sang the song! I just saw the actual Grammy segment with Beyonce singing..I turned the channel. Same thing happened with Pres. Obama’s Inauguration..Etta James should have sung At Last..Period!
    Ledisi is extremely talented and Beyonce’s voice is no match for hers! JMO

  4. Regina

    February 15, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Beyonce should apologize to Ledisi. Beyonce is not a singer. She is a a caterwauler. It because of both Bobby Jones and Beyonce I hate this song. These two butchered it so bad that I do not ever want to hear it again. Those two created a nightmare.

  5. Highly Favored

    February 16, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Beyoncé voice was not up to par on that gospel song. Sorry she is great at what she does but that sound should have been sung by Ledsi.

  6. Thirdeye365

    February 16, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Before this incident, I always admired Beyonce for ignoring the media and/or social media but I was never a fan. They’ve claimed she didn’t carry her baby, they’ve criticized her child’s hair, she never addressed the “elevator incident” other than a verse in a song and etc.

    After this incident, I really saw her differently. Beyonce went behind Ledisi’s back, asked John Legend if she could sing “Precious Lord” during the “Selma” tribute even though Ledisi was slated to sing. John Legend, who obviously has more ass and hips than balls, didn’t say no to Beyonce. Ledisi, who actually portrayed Mahalia Jackson in “Selma” and sung THE HELL out of “Precious Lord”, was just as shocked as we were to find out Beyonce was singing oppose to her! That’s just MESSY! Beyonce just wanted to sing because she could and that would be another notch under her belt. While Beyonce was being greedy, she was also stealing Ledisi’s shine. I know Ledisi’s range/ability and this would have been an EXCELLENT opportunity for THE MASSES to experience Ledisi.

    Remember when I said I admired Beyonce for never responding to the media and social media? Well, I think she felt the heat because she released a dry video explaining why she asked to sing “Precious Lord.” Beyonce said, “My grandparents marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and my father was one of the first generation of black men who attended an all white school.” Ok….what does that have to do with anything?? Also, when was the last time you’ve heard Beyonce mention her father? All of a sudden you want to honor him? She’s full of s$!+. Does she owe Ledisi an apology, YES. Will it happen, NO. Beyonce, what you did was grimy and selfish…

    • Daisy

      February 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      You said everything that needed to said. People also forget that 2 of former Destiny Child members sued Beyonce and her Dad for unfair practices and tried to hold back their careers. If wonder if Ms. Beyonce remebered that?

  7. Mister Reginald

    February 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

    When are you all going to get a clue? Most of today’s singer are not all they are hyped up to be including Mrs. Carter. If Legend and Common succumbed to her wishes, it says a lot about them. Let the original voice sing it. Why are some so greedy for attention. That says a lot about them.

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    April 3, 2020 at 9:57 pm

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