Beyonce has delivered a visually-striking tribute to motherhood during her Grammy Awards performance on Sunday, which prominently featured her baby bump.
The top-nominated artist at this year's Grammy Awards took the stage by storm in her first public appearance since her surprise announcement 12 days ago that she is expecting twins.
She appeared on stage standing sideways proudly caressing her pregnant belly.
Her mother, Tina Knowles, introduced her daughter saying she believes Beyonce's success with her album Lemonade was a result of qualities the singer developed as a mother.
Beyonce's performance opened with a visually striking pre-recorded dance routine and her delivering spoken-word praise for motherhood. When the singer appeared in an opulent golden costume on stage, she performed a medley of the emotional ballads Love Drought and Sandcastles from Lemonade, her Grammy-nominated album about feminism, race and betrayal.
Singing seated on a chair and surrounded by floating petals, the 35-year-old singer also appeared in video projections wearing a gold-chain string bikini.
The superstar's husband, Jay Z, clapped enthusiastically after the performance as the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy, stood in front of him.
Beyonce went into Sunday's awards show with a leading nine nominations and won one in the early going for her Formation music video and one for best urban contemporary album for Lemonade, losing the three top awards - album, song and record of the year - to Adele.
"My intention for the film and album is to create a body of work that would give voice to our pain, our struggles, our doubts, and our history, to confront issues that make us uncomfortable. It's important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow in a world, where they look in the mirror, first with their own families as well as in the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys and see themselves," said Beyonce, reading from a card.
"This is something that I want for every child of every race, and I feel that it's vital that we learn from the past and recognise our tendencies to repeat our mistakes."