Leave it to Beyoncé to have the most poignant performance at the 2017 Grammys, and it wasn't even about the song she sang! Beyoncé's words at the 2017 Grammys were an important microcosm of her life and, especially, of her impending motherhood.
Beyoncé performed “Love Draught” and “Sandcastles” at the 2017 Grammy Awards, but the words she had played over the interpretative video she showed before her performance. Beyoncé just announced that’s she’s pregnant with twins (hooray! Blue Ivy is a big sister!), and I think that Beyoncé wanted to make some important statements about motherhood before she goes off and gives birth to those babies. With the help of her words from Lemonade (including the words of British-Somali poet Warsan Shire), Beyoncé made her 2017 Grammys performance about all different kinds of maternal feelings.
She started with the words featured in the song, “Accountability.”
Beyoncé comes from a long line of strong women, and I think what she’s saying here is that she will continue her own line of strong women with her daughter, Blue Ivy, and with these twins if either of them are girls. Later, Beyoncé channeled the words from “Forgiveness.”
There is always a bigger picture with Beyoncé’s music, and it seems like being a mother is on Beyoncé’s mind. Sure, she’s Beyoncé and she’s a global icon, but right now, she’s looking inward to her own maternity, and that’s a beautiful and important statement of her power.