Beyoncé’s Grammy Performance Channels Oshun, Spotlights African Spirituality
Beyoncé arguably dominated discussion surrounding this year’s recent Grammys. Her performance was an obvious homage to the West African goddess/Yoruba deity Oshun.
In many artistic representations, Oshun is depicted in gold, semi-nude bikinis with elaborate headdresses. Beyoncé paid tribute to Oshun before in “Hold Up,” the second single off her album “Lemonade.” She also shares another trait with Oshun — she is expecting twins. The regions in West Africa where the Yoruba are the dominant ethnic group have the highest rate of twin births.