The Gospel track — penned by late Gospel music godfather Thomas A. Dorsey — was accompanied by a full church choir. But the truth is, Beyonce did the vast majority of the singing — and we were all better off for it. Bey’s male backing vocalists only chimed in at select moments while she showed the entire room she’s pop’s top performer.
Her voice was restrained but strong at the beginning, adding a little bit of soul to the track of loss and hope. At the end, her voice was raised to the heavens, but selectively. While other singers might show off their range and ability to nail high notes, Beyonce only projected her voice to the roof when it was absolutely necessary.
Even if Bey didn’t win album of the year for her self-titled triumph, she easily won the 2015 Grammys.