Mickey Guyton Is a Grammys Stunner With ‘Black Like Me’ [WATCH]
The song is from Guyton's Bridges EP, released in 2020. It's one she admits she wrote as therapy, perhaps never intending for others to hear it before it started to be distributed last year at the height of Black Lives Matter protests. Country music's reckoning with race started in earnest after her full EP was released.
However, viewers were left with feelings of hope and unity as Guyton finished a rousing version of the ballad. It started simple, with a camera squared up on Guyton's glamorous gold gown. As she leaned into her first chorus, an overhead camera showed the depth of her ensemble.
It was a diverse group behind her, something she says was by design: Everyone on that stage — and viewers at home — felt her early song insecurities turn to pride as she imagined a more perfect world. "Black Like Me" was the right song for the right time and the right audience.
"It's not just about me," Guyton said of her Grammys moment before the show. "The song "Black Like Me" is so many people's stories. And that was my goal in this performance ... I just want people to feel like they're coming together."
Guyton's performance came just weeks after she gave birth to her first child, a baby boy. She was also recently announced as co-host for the 2021 ACM Awards in Nashville on April 18, making her the first Black woman to host the show. "Black Like Me" was nominated in the Best Country Solo Performance category, given out earlier in the day during a pre-telecast ceremony.
"This is a huge moment for Black people in country music," Guyton says. "I just feel so honored to stand in these shoes right now."
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