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02/12/2017 10:30 pm ET | Updated Feb 12, 2017

Beyoncé Gets Real About The Importance Of Representation In Grammy Speech

"I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."

Beyoncé took home the award for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (to the surprise of no one). 

Bey won for her album “Lemonade,” which basically broke the internet when it was released last April. During her acceptance speech, the expectant mother thanked her daughter, Blue Ivy, and husband, Jay Z, before speaking about her album and its overarching themes.

“I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, and my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support,” she said. “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 will give a voice to our pain, our struggles, our darkness and our history.” 

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Queen B continued, noting that the album was meant 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,” she said, adding, “I want that 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.” 

Bey accepted the award after shutting the house down with her stunning performance, which featured hypnotic images of the pregnant superstar nearly nude, save for a halo-like headpiece and body jewelry. She sang “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” and for a brief moment, made us forget we were watching the Grammys. 

Thanks, Bey. 

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