During an interview with HuffPost Live, the singer, songwriter and producer gave his perspective on on Queen Bey’s controversial Super Bowl halftime performance.
On critics holding protests and over analyzing the lyrics, Ne-Yo said, “I personally don’t think that it was all that serious. Everybody else has the right to talk about their culture and their race and be proud of it, so why can’t we? Why can’t she?”
When asked if thought “Formation” is one of Beyoncé’s boldest proclamations of her black identity and discussed the statement she made with the song’s imagery Ne-Yo said, “I don’t know what makes this more black than anything else she’s ever done.
“Beyoncé knows how to toe that line between elegance and ratchet, she’s the epitome of it. She knows how to play both sides of that gate very, very well. To the point where you want to be the elegant Beyoncé, but you also want to kick it with the ratchet Beyoncé.”
He also added that with the various instances of police brutality and social injustices throughout the nation, “Formation” was necessary.
“There’s definitely a statement being made. I feel like it’s a statement that needs to be made with everything that’s going on right now with the whole Black Lives Matter [movement] and just the injustice that’s happening with that. I don’t see anything wrong with her celebrating her blackness, if that’s even what you want to call it.”