Grammys 2015: Beyonce Pays Tribute to 'Selma' With "Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

Beyonce Main - H 2015
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Beyonce Main - H 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow and LL Cool J introduced the pop superstar.

Beyonce shut down the Grammys after enchanting audiences with a heartfelt Selma tribute. The pop superstar appeared angelic in an all white gown to perform the gospel classic "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" before introducing Common and John Legend to the stage for a performance of their Oscar-nominated song "Glory."

Queen B belted out the lyrics to the hymn accompanied by an all-male African-American choir who matched her in all white suits. The performance reference the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., as the men engaged in the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture.

She was introduced by her good friend Gwyneth Paltrow, who noted that Beyonce's mother sang the song to her daughter when she was a baby.

"Take My Hand, Precious Lord" was written by Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey and originally sung by R&B star Ledisi for the Selma soundtrack. The civil rights drama stirred controversy after it was snubbed for best director and best actor Oscars, prompting many in Hollywood to speak out about a lack of diversity.

Beyonce is already a winner on the night, earning two Grammys including best R&B performance for "Drunk in Love" and best surround sound album. She dropped her self-titled album in December 2013 without any warning, earning her a nomination for the coveted album of the year award.

Beyonce closed the 57th annual awards, which also included performances by Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Ariana Grande. The Grammys were held Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.