On Sunday night, Beyonce surprised everybody by opening the BET Awards with her powerful performance of “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar. She went on to win two awards (Video of the Year and Viewers’ Choice Award” for “Formation”), that which her mother Tina Lawson accepted on her behalf.
She explained to the crowd that Beyonce had to make a flight to Europe to begin another leg of the “Formation World Tour” the next day (Monday) but wanted to squeeze this performance in because it meant a lot to her.
As it turns out, some people didn’t believe her because Beyonce’s tour starts today (Tuesday, June 28), and accused Bey of just not wanting to be present at the ceremony, insinuating she thinks she’s now too high up on her horse to attend a black awards show.
Tina took to IG to response to how hurt she was and came to her daughter’s defense, explaining Bey sacrificed her own money to be at the BET Awards. She even briefly flew down to Mexico before the show to be with her sister Solange on her 30th birthday.
“I am hurt and disappointed because I know what kind of work, sacrifice, and personal money it took for her to do this show and support the BET Award show and to give her fans that did not get to attend the concert a piece of her show,” Knowles wrote. “(Who else would get three hours of sleep like that?) Book a huge private plane to carry your dancers and creative staff and choreographers road managers and pay for it out of your own pocket. Who does that?”
Read the entire post below:
Hello guys first let me sayI just got a wind of the mess that has festered since last night ! The fact that I supposedly lied about my Daughters concert . First of all I did make a mistake on the city and the day . I asked why did she have to leave early and was told by a member of her staff that “she had to get back in time for her concert ” and that she actually should have been there 2 days before, as the tour has been down for a month I assumed the date was Monday and the city was London well it turned out to be in the Uk but wrong city and on Tuesday. I want to point out that there is a nine hour time difference and it is an eleven to 12 hour Flight that equates to 19 – 20 hrs to get there! I then want to ask what would be the point of lying to the public and knowing that anyone could see when the date was. Any one with good sence could see that ! I am hurt and disappointed because I know what kind of work, sacrifice , and personal Money it took for her to do this show and support the Bet Award show and to give her fans that did not get to attend the concert a piece of her show. (Even though it means she has one day to rehearse herself and dancers after being off for a month) That was really important to to her. Although everyone told her this is going to take a toll on your tour because you will only have one day to rehearse and you and the dancers will have been off for a month. You will be exhausted because you get to the states on Thursday rehearse for Bet fly to Mexico to be with your Sister for her Birthday on Friday get back to La on Sunday and start rehearsals at Bet At 7 am . (Who else would get three hours of sleep like that? ) Book a huge private plane to carry your dancers and creative staff and choreographers road Managers and pay for it out of your own pocket. Who does that? Please understand that I absolutely am not doing this for anyone but my self ! I know I owe no explanation to anyone but I am tired of people writing my story. So I chose to tell my own ! Thanks for listening❤️continued on next post
In a follow-up post on IG, Lawson continued, venting her frustrations she has with how people criticize stars until the die, suggesting to praise them while we still have them in our presence.
“This is exactly what I was talking about . We start lies and false rumors about our entertainers we celebrate when they stumble, we hope that they fall . We put them against each other when it’s room for them all! We talk negative about them and even their children which should be off limits . When they are gone we cry and say how much we loved them and cherish them we salute them in tributes . Well how about we do that when they are here 🌷I am sorry this is soo long but I had to get it off my chest! You guys are soo sweet and understand please! I I know I owe no one an explanation this is for me not anyone else . I am tired of letting people tell my story ! As Micheal Jackson would say “with Love”. Wake up people.”
When Tina acknowledged at the show that Beyonce took time to squeeze in her performance at the BET awards, I thought it was commendable! Glad she cleared that up.