Grammys 2017: Solange Opens Up About First Grammy Win

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Solange’s A Seat At The Table has helped spread the singer’s message of self-care and black political strife, and now the singer is reflecting on the process after taking home the Grammy for “Best R&B Performance.”

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“I’m the most excited about the fact that I that wrote “Cranes in the Sky” in a period of desperation and weariness,” she said on Sunday (Feb. 12) in the Grammys Media Center. “That fact that it’s resonated the way that it has— now eight years later, a song that got pushed to the side a lot, I knew this was the right time.”

“Cranes in the Sky” proved to be a fan favorite. Solo was thrilled about the win for “Cranes,” but felt as if she already took home trophies of love and support from black women who connected with the song. “I honestly felt like I won before this because of the connectivity the record has had, especially with black women and the stories I hear on the street.” she said. She also talked about changing the standard when it comes to black women in music. “I think that visual art in all aspects are important to me, from videos to artwork, creating strong visual representation, not just for myself but for black women,” she said. “[I want] people to see us as avant-garde in a world that sometimes puts us in a box.”

 

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