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Grammys

Beyoncé gives powerful Grammys speech: 'It's vital that we learn from the past'

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Beyoncé accepted the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where the Lemonade singer gave a powerful speech about the importance of confronting “issues that make us uncomfortable.”

“It’s important for 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,” she said. “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.”

Lemonade, which came out this past April, was also nominated for Best Music Film and Album of the Year at this year’s ceremony. She’s also up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Performance; she won Best Music Video for 2016’s “Formation” before the telecast began.

In addition to being honored at the event, Beyoncé — who recently announced she’s pregnant with twins — also performed Lemonade cuts “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” earlier in the show. See the full list of winners here.

Read the full transcript of her speech below.

Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor. Thank you to 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 would give a voice to our pain — our struggles, our darkness, and our history. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important for 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. Thank you again for honoring Lemonade.

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