Christian references at the Grammys: It’s a night celebrating God
In a night as big as the Grammys, this year sounded different. The winners didn’t forget to thank God. Performances highlighted the Almighty as well. Despite the unexplainable stage-crashing of Kanye West when Beck received his award, this night of celebrating the creator is something more noteworthy.
Pharrell Williams made a huge statement Sunday night. It was not only because he won three awards that night including Best Music Video, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Urban Contemporary Album, but it was his performance that expressed his message loud and clear.
Williams sang “Happy.” But instead of singing the line “happiness is the truth,” he sang “happiness is the Lord” instead. He didn’t end his gratitude there. After the performance, he thanked God because he forgot to do it during his acceptance speech.
“I forgot to say it earlier God, but as You can see I’m at Your service, Lord,” Williams said on stage.
Beyonce, who also won three Grammys Sunday night including Best R&B Song, Best R&B Performance and Best Surround Sound Album, didn’t forget to thank God as well.
In her acceptance speech, she said “Wow, thank you guys so much. This is such an honour. I’d like to thank God… This has been such an incredible year. I love y’all… I’d like to thank my beloved husband. I love you deep. My daughter who’s watching, Blue, I love you.”
Beyonce also performed a gospel song last night titled “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” This performance actually ranks as the number one best performance of the night by Billboard.
Katy Perry performed “By The Grace of God,” a surprising performance coming from the pop star following her controversial performance last year.
LeCrae, a rapper who’s known for his Christian beliefs, also gave his thanks after winning Best Christian Contemporary Song/Perfomance. He said, “You can’t celebrate gifts without celebrating the giver of all gifts. So I want to celebrate Jesus for gifting us all.”
It was certainly a night to celebrate music artistry. But more that that, it was a night to give all the accolades back to the only one who made it all possible.