Beyonce closed out the 2015 Grammy Awards Sunday night with a moving gospel performance that resonated more than any of her dozens of pop hits.
The 2015 Grammy Awards' host, LL Cool J, and Beyonce's longtime friend Gwyneth Paltrow introduced her, and her song's somber and serious message.
Wearing a beaded cream gown with a sheer net covering her like a cape, the 33-year-old solemnly took the stage with an all-male choir behind her.
The old gospel song, featured on the Selma soundtrack, is called "Take My Hand Precious Lord," and it carries special meaning to the superstar.
Not only did it play a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, but its message of unity and faith rings just as true in today's troubled times.
On a personal note, her mother, Tina Knowles used to sing it to the little girl who would one day become a 20-time Grammy winner as a child.
After completing the powerful rendition, Jay Z's wife introduced John Legend and Common to sing "Glory" off the Selma soundtrack. Here they are:
"Glory," nominated for an Oscar and already won a Golden Globe last month, marked the ideal conclusion to the annual musical extravaganza.
How do you think Beyonce, John and Common did? Were you as moved as the Staples Center audience seemed to be by their music, and message?
All in all, the Grammys featured stripped down, simpler than expected performances from artists like Rihanna, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande.
Check out some of the best live efforts from this star-studded night, especially the buzzed-about Sia Grammy performance, in the gallery below: