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GRAMMYs 2015: Ledisi, John Legend Respond to Beyonce 'Selma' Controversy

mrrealone Members Posts: 3,793 ✭✭✭✭✭
Seen a few peeps speak on it, but hought this deserved its own thread.



Ledisi is addressing fan uproar over Beyonce performing her song from Selma, the spiritual “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

When word spread that Beyonce would take the GRAMMY stage instead of Ledisi, fans felt the 42-year-old R&B singer wasn't getting her due. "No one is saying Beyonce shouldn't perform at #GRAMMYs. What we're saying is it should be Ledisi performing the song for #Selma perf," one tweet reads. "Ledisi sung it in the Selma film, so they should have asked her. Beyonce doesn't have the chops for that one. She'll over do it," another angry tweeter chimed in.

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Ledisi, who plays gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, responded to the controversy on the GRAMMY red carpet Sunday – and admitted that she “had no clue” why Beyonce 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,” Ledisi told ET’s Kevin Frazier on the carpet.

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“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.

Meanwhile John Legend, who joins Common later this evening to perform their Oscar-nominated song “Glory,” revealed to ET that Beyonce approached them about singing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

“We were actually approached by Beyonce. She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us," Legend told Kevin. "You don’t really say no to Beyonce if she asks to perform with you."

Interestingly, Beyonce and Ledisi are both nominated in the same GRAMMY category – Best R&B Performance – for “🤬 in Love” and “Like This,” respectively. Beyonce ended up winning the award.

Whole thing could be a stunt, but who knows. Personally, like Led better......


  • jee504
    jee504 Members Posts: 6,945 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ledisi kept it classy with her response about it.
    John Legend gave a 🤬 response though.
    I wonder though if it got all the way to the point of Ledisi rehearsing for it then telling her they were replacing her.
  • king hassan
    king hassan south side somewhereMembers Posts: 22,737 ✭✭✭✭✭
    This the main reason idont wqtch award shows. They try to dictate who hot and whatnot the public will like
  • cobbland
    cobbland "Shorty": Belly (1998) Chicago...Members Posts: 3,768 ✭✭✭✭✭
    John Legend and Common could've went to bat for Ledisi better than that.


    Bowlegged Lou's rendition of this song still stands out to me: