All hail Queen Bey! Pregnant Beyonce gives mesmerising performance and inspiring speech at the Grammys
All hail the Queen.
Just weeks after announcing she's pregnant with twins, Beyonce gave a spellbinding medley of songs at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
The combination of Love Drought and Sandcastles from her award-wining album Lemonade featured 24 dancers, a live band offstage and thousands of flowers adorning the stage as she sang, cradling her baby bump in a glittering gold sequin gown by Peter Dundas while husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy (five) looked one.
In what was easily the most memorably performance of the night, fans were still disappointed that Beyonce only took home two of the seven awards she was nominated for.
During her acceptance speech for best urban contemporary album, she read from a prepared script which touched on the political and feminist tones of her ground-breaking album.
"We all experience pain and loss, and often we become inaudible. My intention for the film and album was to create a body of work that would give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable," she said.
"It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow 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. And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes. Thank you again for honouring Lemonade. Have a beautiful evening. Thank you for tonight. This is incredible."
Meanwhile, Adele, who won Album of the Year, brought Beyonce to tears as she refused to accept her award and instead dedicated it to the expectant mother.
"I can't possibly accept this award and I'm very humbled and I'm very grateful and gracious but my artist of my life is Beyonce and this album to me, this Lemonade album, was just so monumental...and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-bearing and we all got to see another side to you that you don't always get to see, and we appreciate that," she said.
"All us artists here... adore you. You are our light. And the way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering and you make them stand up for themselves and I love you, I always have and I always will."
Accepting the Record of the Year prize minutes earlier, she told Beyonce, "You move my soul every single day, and you have done for nearly 17 years. I adore you... and I want you be my mummy!"