Image Courtesy Derek Blanks/UniversalTuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, Ledisi gave a televised performance of her Selma song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” the same song Beyonce performed during this year’s Grammy Awards. Many thought choosing Beyonce to perform it over Ledisi was a serious snub. Despite the controversy, Ledisi tells ABC News Radio why she took the high road and opted not to respond negatively to the situation.
“I’m not into confrontation, especially, I’m a strong believer of empowering other women and I know that there’s that little Ledisi again that’s looking up to me, so I always remember all those things while I’m thinking quickly, what do I honestly feel,” she tells ABC News Radio.
Looking back, the singer says she’s proud that she didn’t compromise her integrity by weighing in on the matter. “I wanted to people to know that there’s another way to you can handle yourself, there’s another way to empower another person without having to say much, and you can say less and do more,” the singer explains. “I got so much more out of it doing the opposite. Who would have known if this opportunity would have came if I responded a different way,” she says, referring to her Tuesday morning GMA showcase, during which she also performed a song from her latest album, The Truth.
“I have to be grateful for everything and be gracious,” she concludes. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Ledisi is currently on her Intimate Truth tour, which will also stars Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James. The trio’s North American tour concludes at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall on March 29.
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