Not only did Beyonce stun with her performance at the 59th Annual Grammys, she also wowed audiences with her heartfelt acceptance speech when she won Best Urban Contemporary Album for her groundbreaking work on Lemonade.

"We all experience pain and loss and often we become inaudible," she said. "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."

She went on to say that it was important for her to show images of her children that "reflect their beauty" so that they are able to see themselves. Read the full acceptance speech below.

 

Thank you to the Grammy voters for this incredible honor, thank you everyone who worked so hard to beautifully capture the profundity of deep Southern culture. I thank God for my family, my wonderful husband, my beautiful daughter, my fans for bringing me so much happiness and support. 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. To confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It’s important to 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. And have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligence, and capable. This is something I want 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.

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