Ledisi Snubbed by 2015 Grammys Due to Beyonce Performance, Fans Say
We are days away from the 2015 Grammy Awards and already there’s some controversy surrounding one of the performances. The conflict surrounds the Grammy producers’ decision to have Beyonce perform the spiritual song ‘Precious Lord, Take My Hand,’ which was originally sung by Ledisi in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, ‘Selma.’
If you’ve seen the movie, then you would know that Ledisi, who portrays the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, sings the spiritual ode to David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King, Jr.
So it would make sense that Ledisi would perform the song on the Grammys telecast alongside Common and John Legend, who are scheduled to sing their Oscar-nominated tune ‘Glory,’ which is also from the movie.
However, the Grammys requested Queen Bey to perform the song instead of Ledisi. Ironically, both ladies are nominated in the Best R&B Performance category for 'Drunk in Love' and 'Like This,' respectively.
Ledisi fans went on Twitter to voice their disappointment. They feel that the integrity of the song is lost as it correlates to the movie. Critics also accuse the Grammy producers of replacing Ledisi with Beyonce just for ratings and mainstream appeal. Meanwhile, the BeyHive believes that Beyonce shouldn’t be blamed for being invited to perform.
We gathered some of the opinionated tweets from both sides of the argument. You can read them below.
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