Grammys 2015: Ledisi Responds to Beyonce Performing Her “Selma” Track
R&B vocalist Ledisi recorded the gospel hymn for the 'Selma' soundtrack, but Beyonce was chosen to sing the song during the Grammys.
It’s hard to say no to Beyonce.
Queen B closed out the Grammys with “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” but the performance sparked drama when fans were upset that R&B vocalist Ledisi was not chosen to sing the same hymn she recorded for Selma.
In Selma, Ledisi portrayed the late soul singer Mahalia Jackson to perform the gospel song written by Thomas A. Dorsey. Ledisi fans caused a Twitter uproar when they found out Beyonce was chosen to sing the song instead.
Many fans on Twitter also acknowledged that Beyonce may have been chosen to sing the song due to her larger fan base.
sometimes they want LEGENDS performing at the Grammys. that's why Bey got the spot and why Ledisi can keep shining in the movie. move on.— Rufus C. Lindsey Jr. (@rudapu92) February 5, 2015
Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier asked Ledisi about the drama on the Grammys red carpet, but the singer responded, “I don’t have a clue.”
“The song 'Take My Hand, Precious Lord' it’s been going on forever,” said Ledisi. “It started with the queen Mahalia, 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. I look it at like that instead of looking at it as a negative.”
Frazier also asked John Legend how Beyonce was selected to open his performance with Common for the Oscar-nominated song “Glory,” but Legend responded that Beyonce reached out to them.
“We were actually approached by Beyonce,” Legend told Frazier. “She wanted to do an intro to our performance and introduce us. You don’t really say no to Beyonce if she asks to perform with you."
Ledisi coincidentally lost to Beyonce in the Best R&B Performance category. The pop star took the award for “Drunk in Love” over Ledisi’s track “Like This.”
This isn’t the first time that Beyonce has been criticized for singing a classic song. In 2009, singer Etta James said Beyonce “was going to get her a** whipped” for singing James’ “At Last” for Barack Obama’s first presidential dance with wife Michelle. James later responded that she was joking.
Check out Ledisi's response to the drama below. And listen to Ledisi's recording for the Selma soundtrack below that.