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Ledisi responds to Grammy controversy over Beyoncé switch

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Fans were crying foul against the Grammys this weekend when Beyoncé closed the awards show instead of Ledisi with a rendition of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” by Mahalia Jackson, whom Ledisi portrayed in the film Selma. Now, Ledisi has finally opened up about being replaced by Beyoncé.

As fans of Selma know, Ledisi sang “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” during the award-winning Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, but just like her fans, she was confused about why she wasn’t asked to perform the song live at the Grammys.

“I don’t have a clue,” said Ledisi when asked by “Entertainment Tonight” about why the Grammys snubbed her. However, instead of throwing shade, Ledisi showed grace and chose to show her appreciation for even being a part of the film.

“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 said.

“Then, I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyoncé. Her generation will now know the song, so I’m a part of history,” she continued.

It’s sad that Ledisi wasn’t chosen to perform a song that she’s already reintroduced to millions through the film Selma. Of course, many fans have claimed that Ledisi is a victim of industry politics and that, for the Grammy producers, having a younger, lighter-skinned, international superstar like Beyoncé close the show is better than having an older, darker-skinned, R&B star like Ledisi close it. And considering how things played out last night, it’s hard to disagree.


  1. Ernie on February 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Ledisi… Your #1 in my book! An awesome true lovely down home, heart tugging voice!! You don’t sing….you sanggg!! I feel your music. You don’t scream and shake your behind all over the place. A lovely blessed artist you are!! No sweat sister! Your loved!! Know this!! God sees all!! You have a real talent!!! ( wink)

  2. TheTruth on February 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    If Beyonce is so damn gracious, why didn’t she tell them no or offer to sing the song with Ledsi? Where’s her Integrity? Sadly I’m not surprised. She can gracefully give Taylor Swift her moment but not Ledsi?

    • Ernie on February 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      Umm hmm!! Probably was mad, because she wasn’t in the actual movie, Selma!! She needs Jesus! It is not all about her! Her fame is bought baby!!! Ledisi earned hers!! Nuff respect!!

      • B. Carter on February 18, 2015 at 7:12 am

        Please people. Get your facts straight. Beyoncé was supposed to sing the song in the movie as well. She said no to that part. Ledisi got the part. Now Beyoncé sang during the Grammys, because Ledisi did the movie. Where’s the big deal?

        • Ran Wise on March 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm

          What facts are there to prove Beyoncé was supposed to be in Selma? People will make up anything to defend this chick. She’s fading out anyway. She’s getting to old to shake her booty. Doesn’t have real talent. in 5 years, she won’t have nothing to fall back on

    • Gee WhoDat Jennings on February 9, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      According to Common, she ASKED to perform the song. Very disrespectful of her not to let Ledisi perform.

      • elvira walker on February 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

        Beyonce tries to capitalize off of everything and everyone. I’ve never been impressed.

    • elvira walker on February 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Who says that Beyonce is gracious. She has neve acted like it to me. These are her fans that are putting out all of these wonderful things about beyonce. I hate it when they say queen, bow down, and all of the other nonsense.

  3. Ebony on February 9, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Very classy response Ledisi.

    • ERNIE on February 9, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Indeed…because “She’s a WOMAN” –RESPECT!! 🙂

  4. sue on February 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Ledisi’s voice is just as good if not better than Beyonce. And people are right if Beyonce was so classy, she would of pass and let Ledisi sang the song. Beyonce has much success, now let somebody else have a change to shine.

  5. Globetrotter69 on February 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Nicholas actually wrote ‘Considering how things played out its hard to disagree’ that a Beyonce type was better than a Ledici type. If he is referring to the audiences appreciation of Beyonces’ performance, what a ridiculously ignorant assumption. The audience would have appreciated any good performance of such a spirituality captivating and comforting song as Precious Lord Take My Hand. The inference Nicholas made is a Beyonce performance, would have been better appreciated than a performance by Mahalia Jackson herself. After all she was an older singer with a darker complexion.

  6. britishrose on February 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    WELL BEYONCE STAR IS FINALLY FADING OUT ,, LOOK how kanye again made a fool out of her , she should not have won no grammy for all her club itune , quick throw to gether album ,and who can forget the staged elevator fight to get tickets sold if she was so bad why stage an elevator fight you and your no VOICE NO SINGING SISTER .. . who look like tracy ellis ross than a knowles … beyonce has rubb people wrong she , and her butta teeth need a rest , may be the academy saw throug her dirty blame game on her daddy or her dancing seductive to selll records , a bunch of white folks at her concert yet she didnt get a grammy for all those club booty poppin hits she has??? lol .. what ?? give it a rest you and your blonded out weaves ooop wigs

  7. britishrose on February 10, 2015 at 12:04 am

    fact of the matter is .. THE ACADEMY ONLY LET HER SANG . .BECAUSE .. .1. she didnt get album of the year and they knew it so they wanted to front her in the end
    2 they knew kanye was gonna embarrass her even more
    3. if you can stage an elevator fight you sure nuff can sing the last song and fake the voice .
    4 . white folks hate beyonce yet make her out of an example like a good house nigga who got beat eventually for being tomish , she and jayz are greedy snakes and if you trust them you got trust issues

  8. Dallas on February 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Ledisi handle that with class. But keep in mind this was done before during the Presidential Inauguration when she did ” at last Etta James” and screwed it up.

  9. mannsoul on February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    You lost me with that light skin crap

  10. Dallas on February 10, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Why would Nicholas even consider Beyoncé to sing that song when she had made it clear she is a non believer.

  11. REALSOUL4 on February 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Ledisi…it’s a shame that white society hasn’t came to grips that people of color have their own looks and styles. You wasn’t light enough with straight hair but you’re still beautiful and can sang your behind off. Keep striving for “GREATNESS MY BEAUTIFUL SISTER”!

  12. MoonGoddess78 on February 10, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    The music industry doesn’t care if you have talent or not, they felt since she win for best album, lighter skinned, and somewhat youthful than Ledisi. Why not let her sing the song. Ledisi you’re an AWESOME singer I’ve been followed since you got on the music scene. I just wish they would’ve push you just has hard as B.

  13. Ensonian Bash on February 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Beyonce’s version was just another exercise in vanity. She looked ridiculous in that form fitting angelic wedding dress or whatever it was. She cannot claim that she was unaware her personal reasons for doing the song would rob Ledisi of her chance to shine. Beyonce sure as hell did not.
    When Obama’s people went to Bey to ask her to perform “At Last” at his inaugural (because she had played Etta James in a movie) – I thought it so ungracious Bey did not either defer to Etta James or at very least invite Etta to perform the song with her. “At Last” was Etta’s signature song. Major disrespect.