As we are all aware, the biggest social event of the season aired this past Sunday on CBS. If you do not know what event I am speaking of, of course, I am referring to one of the highest most anticipated award shows of the year, the 56th Annual Grammy Award Show. The performers that graced the Grammy stage included Beyonce, Lorde, Katie Perry, Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, plus many more! While some performers were more intriguing and suggestive than others, audiences were left to compare dull and less captivating performances to these compelling performances. You should know where I am going with this. Beyoncé. Queen Bey. Blue Ivy's mother. As she served as this year's opening act, Beyoncé's performance was met with both criticism and praise. Parents were appalled by her risqué dance moves, leather basque and thong, and fishnet leggings. They took to social media sites to call her performance disrespectful and classless. The Bey Hive quickly swarmed to defend Bey's choice to perform in such a manner. Was her performance "Grammy appropriate" or two sexual for this once family friendly event? Or did Beyoncé give just enough to leave viewers wanting more?
Personally, I think her performance was captivating to say the least, but rated TV MA. From the straddling of the chair to the front row view of widespread legs and Jay-Z's hand full of Beyonce's derriere, I think parents have a valid argument when deeming her performance too risqué for prime time TV, as the award show aired at 8 pm. I think she should have chosen a different song, like XO, with less sexual content. Although the song delivers sexual actions masked by quick-witted metaphors, most of the criticism stemmed from her dance moves and attire. However, when assessing her song choice and overall performance, I believe Beyoncé did just enough to provoke sexual thoughts without crossing the line of raunchy or sexually explicit. Beyoncé is a GROWN WOMAN with countless accolades. I think she has enough clout to do as she pleases while being mindful of her audience. Do I believe she considered the influence her performance could have on young viewers? No; for the simple fact that Blue Ivy was back stage awaiting her mother's return. Or, maybe she made the decision to shield Blue Ivy backstage, as she knew her performance was inappropriate for the two year old's eyes.
If you missed the performance, you missed an overly sexual rendition of her currently popular song "Drunk In Love," from her self-titled album Beyoncé. You can probably try YouTube-ing her performance to formulate an opinion.
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