Beyonce Takes The Spotlight Away From Ledisi At The 2015 Grammy's Music Awards
|Beyonce Takes The Spotlight Away From Ledisi|
At The 2015 Grammy's Music Awards
On music's biggest night, Common and John Legend performed their Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from the Ava DuVernay-directed film.
|John Legend And Common|
As an introduction to their
performance, Beyoncé sang Mahalia Jackson’s spiritual hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” which also was featured in Selma and its accompanying music soundtrack.
What left people scratching their heads is the fact that Ledisi actually played Jackson in the Civil Rights Movement flick. In a brief scene, she sings the song over the phone to Dr. Martin Luther King (played by David Oyelowo) in the movie.
So why was Beyoncé singing the song on the Grammys instead of Ledisi?
Legend said Beyoncé approached them about singing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
“We were actually approached by Beyoncé. She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us," Legend told ET. “You don’t really say no to Beyoncé if she asks to perform with you.”
When ET's Kevin Frazier caught up with Ledisi on the red carpet to ask her why she wasn’t singing the song she admitted she “had no clue” why Bey was performing it over her.
“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,” she said.
Ledisi says she’s happy the younger generation will now know the song because of Bey.
“Then, I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyonce. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history,” she continued.
Both Beyoncé and Ledisi were nominated for Best R&B Performance for “Drunk In Love” and “Like This” respectively. Beyoncé won the award.