Leave it to Beyoncé—pregnant with twins or otherwise—to bring a level of elevated artistry to an awards show. During a routine night at the Grammys, she gave striking renditions of her songs “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” The performances were bookended by the poetry from Warsan Shire that featured in Lemonade, and opened with video art featuring her mother Tina and daughter Blue Ivy. She evoked imagery in her maternity photoshoot by Awol Erizku, all the while engaging with impressive stagecraft like a chair that tipped her backwards as she sang. You can watch video of the performances below.
Tina Knowles provided an introduction for her daughter, saying, “What makes me most proud and why I am here tonight to introduce Beyoncé is the devotion and love I see in her for her daughter and the way she has always expressed love to all of those around her.”
Beyoncé went on to win Best Urban Contemporary Album shortly thereafter.