The results of last night’s 2017 Grammy Awards left many of us with a bitter taste in our mouths. While on the other hand a bit torn- Adele and Beyonce’s albums were both extremely impactful on all of us. Both of them spilled every tear, emotion and heartbreak into their music and both of them have deserved the level of success they’ve reached. Though, Beyonce fans should look away from their disappointment and remember that Formation still came out victorious. The most politically fueled, female empowering, black rights inspiring single of the year Formation came away with a win for Best Music Video.
Proving a very serious point that being bold and powerful about your cause will carry you to an ultimate victory. In a time where racial unrest and political uncertainty circulated the country Beyonce chose not to stay silent and instead she shot the controversial Formation video. Taking place in a post- Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans the video features the urban culture of The Ninth Ward and her group of dancers. Spitting lyrics about why black lives matter and how women should rise up to the top- she and her group do so donning afros and braids. Political statement after political statement did not result in Ms. Knowles being silenced- it left her with a trophy.
No one displayed art and politics like Beyonce did in her video and it shows in how moved the country was when it released. Incorporating the struggle of black lives today in a way that pop culture would grab hold is incredible creative, ingenious and powerful. Beyonce left with far less trophies than expected, but we cannot deny she took one home when it really mattered.