Taking the stage to accept the win for best urban contemporary album, for Lemonade, Beyoncé was full of gratitude.
“Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor, thank you everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep Southern culture,” she said, glittering as gold and having swapped her crown for a veil.
“I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter [and] my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support,” she continued.
“We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible,” she said. “My intention for the film and album [of Lemonade] was to create a body of work that will give a voice of our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable.”
As she explained, “It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can group up in a world where they look in the mirror — first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, 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,” she concluded, “and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
The Recording Academy quickly hailed her words as “inspiring.”
The mother-to-be returned to the stage to accept her award not long after wowing the audience (in the theater and watching at home) with a powerfully sensory performance that blended spoken-word poetry and visual effects with two of her latest songs, as well as a custom Peter Dundas dress adorned in gold embellishments and crystals.
Beyoncé earned nine nominations at this year’s Grammys, including record of the year, song of the year and album of the year. Even before the awards show started, she took home the best music video award for “Formation.”