Beyoncé Says Her Goal Is to ‘Give a Voice to Our Pain’ in Her Grammy Acceptance Speech

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After her mesmerizing Grammys performance, Beyoncé returned to the mortal world to accept her Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Reading, of course, from a gold card that matched her outfit, Beyoncé thanked “everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep Southern culture” and elaborated on the mission of Lemonade, which was to allow children to see themselves, and their beauty, reflected in her work.

Read her full remarks below:

Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor. Thank you everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep Southern culture. I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support.

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 will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness, and our history – to confront issues that make us uncomfortable.

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.
Beyoncé Gives Moving Grammy Acceptance Speech