Conspiracy Theorists Think Beyoncé Stole Ledisi's Grammys Moment

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While Kanye West was caping for Beyoncé over her Album of the Year loss, there was another controversy going down about Bey's performance and whether the Grammys shafted R&B singer Ledisi.


Beyoncé's pretty rendition of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" helped close out the show, but some people are upset because Ledisi originally performed the song in Selma in her role as gospel great Mahalia Jackson. The argument is that the lesser known singer should've been given that opportunity to kill it.

Did the Recording Academy (historic fuck-uppers) initially consider Ledisi for the spot? According to John Legend, Beyoncé approached them to perform—aka Beyoncé suggested that Beyoncé sing the song—which is a proposition you can't turn down. "She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us," says Legend. "You don't really say no to Beyoncé if she asks to perform with you."

Ledisi responded to ET about it on the red carpet, saying she had "no clue" why she wasn't chosen. She didn't mention if the Grammys approached her:

"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. Then, I was able to portray and sing my version of the song, and now we have Beyonce. Her generation will now know the song, so I'm a part of history."

Beyoncé did great. A Ledisi Grammy moment would've been great. There was no way anyone involved in planning the Grammys would've turned down Beyoncé.

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I have these two friends in the same industry as me, and both are successful on a national/international level.

When we're out in public with their peers, one of them makes sure to network and name-drop, and has literally climbed across me and interrupted conversations to make sure she establishes a personal connection with the person that I was talking to. (She recently got offered a pretty amazing job from a guy who she conversation-blocked me from last year.)

The other makes sure to network and name-drop, but also includes me in all of the conversations, being sure to mention my (admittedly meager) accomplishments whenever it's appropriate, and generally uses her heft and success to put me into positions I would otherwise not have access to. We've both gotten work from this strategy.

Neither one is wrong, but I guess we know which approach Beyoncé takes.