Mickey Guyton—the first black female solo artist to be put forward for a Grammy in any country music category—has performed her nominated single “Black Like Me” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
For Colbert, which was also her late-night debut, Guyton chose to strip down the powerful single, delivering “Black Like Me” backed by keys and a lone guitar. The new arrangement pushed Guyton’s powerhouse vocals into the limelight with particular focus on her emotional lyricism.
“Look. At. God! I made it on a late night show mom!” the singer gushed on Instagram. “My heart cannot take it. Thank you guys for believing.”
Though Guyton released “Black Like Me” last June, amid the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, she had actually written the song a year prior. It was later included on Guyton’s September EP Bridges alongside “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Heaven Down Here,” the latter of which she wrote following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
Watch Guyton perform “Black Like Me” on Colbert: