Country star Mickey Guyton delivered her heartbreaking anthem on racial injustice, “Black Like Me,” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday night (Feb. 1), marking her late-night debut.
“It’s a hard life on easy street/ Just white painted picket fences far as you can see/ If you think we live in the land of the free/ You should try to be black like me,” she sang in the stripped-back rendition of the song, surrounded by candles.
“Look. At. God!” Guyton wrote in the YouTube video’s comment section. “I made it on a late-night show mom! My heart cannot take it. Thank you so much for having me on the show.”
The singer wrote “Black Like Me” in 2019, but released it in June 2020 amid the protests against police brutality following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others. The song is included on her September 2020 EP, Bridges.
“Black Like Me” is nominated for best country solo performance at the 2021 Grammys, marking the first black female solo artist to get a nod in a country category.
Watch the Colbert performance below.