Probably the most anticipated moment — in a show billed with a massive slate of anticipated moments — at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards was the promised appearance from Beyoncé. The superstar announced a little over a week ago via Instagram that she was expecting twins, essentially breaking the Internet and fueling baby bump fever for her turn on the Grammy stage.
Bey’s performance, then, clearly could not help but be all about motherhood — a theme that kicked in right away when her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, announced her daughter’s appearance “with a mother’s pride.”
Indeed, the performance did begin on a glorious maternal note, with Beyoncé showing off her burgeoning figure, dressed in a goddess-like gold outfit and headpiece. However, from there, things spiraled into an over-the-top swirl of woman-power action without much clear direction.
The singer executed a royally haughty rendition of the spoken-word excerpts from her album Lemonade, then rolled into “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” surrounded by a confusing, multiplying troupe of female dancers and heaps of flowers. Adding to the craziness, images of herself spinning around with her first child, Blue Ivy Carter — whose image multiplied into many Blue Ivy Carters — preceded the live action.