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Blue Ivy Carter Won The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award At The Soul Train Awards For Co-writing The Hit “Brown Skin Girl”

Blue Ivy Carter won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at the Soul Train Awards for co-writing the hit “Brown Skin Girl” with her mother Beyonce Knowles Carter. When your parents are some of the greatest living entertainers and artists in the country, winning a songwriting award at 7 years old is almost to be expected. 

The prodigal daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce sings on the open and closing of the track that also features the artists Wizkid and Saint Jhn. 

Blue was also just nominated for a Grammy Award.

While the family did not show up to receive their reward, “Brown Skin Girl’s” win might be just the first of many. The Lion King: The Gift which features the song and was produced by Beyonce received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. 

However, “Brown Skin Girl” was snubbed in favor of a different song from the album, “Spirit” which was nominated for two Grammys including Best Solo Performance and Best Song Written For Visual Media. The “Hold Up” singer was also nominated for Best Music Film for the Netflix documentary Homecoming. 

Beyonce is the most nominated female artist in Grammy history with 70 nominations and 23 wins. Jay Z has 22 wins and 77 nominations. Thus, it was almost inevitable that Blue would be joining the ranks of her parents, perhaps no one expected it would be so soon. 

Danny Schwartz of Rolling Stone said The Lion King: The Gift, “celebrates African diversity by inviting artists to toggle between English and their native tongues, from Swahili to Twi to Bambara to Yoruba. As a tribute to Africa, it compares favorably to Kendrick Lamar-helmed Black Panther soundtrack.”

“Brown Skin Girl” is an ode to black women everywhere.

The award-worthy single pays homage to black women by name dropping the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, and Kelly Rowland. When Beyonce created a soundtrack for the CGI Lion King reboot, she took an unconventional approach to most pop artists and created an album of entirely new music inspired by blackness and Africa.  

The Gift follows the plot of the film but also serves the dual purpose of giving form to Beyonce’s approach to personal songwriting. The album stands by itself while mirroring the narrative beats of The Lion King. 

“Took everything in life, baby, know your worth. I love everything about you, from your nappy curls to every single curve,” Beyonce sings. 

Blue sings along with Saint Jhn on the opening of the track. Brown skin girl, “Singin’ brown skin girl. Your skin just like pearls. The best thing in the world I never trade you for anybody else, singin’.” 

While the family is largely private and little can be discerned about their real-life personalities, People magazine did manage to detail some insight about what Blue is like. 

“She is very sassy, high energy and knows what she wants,” a source told People. “Especially after the twins [two-year-olds Sir and Rumi] were born, Beyoncé made sure that Blue was able to embrace her new role as a big sister. She also lets her go to video shoots, award shows and music recording. They have a very special bond!”

The same source said that Blue, who is attending second grade at private school has an affinity for the arts like her parents. 

“Of course both Beyoncé and Blue love music. Blue loves singing, dancing and performing. She is a natural,” the source said. 

“Brown Skin Girl” becomes a social media movement.

According to Oprah Magazine, “Brown Skin Girl” spawned a social media movement called the #BrownSKinGirlChallenge. Women of color shared videos and selfies to proudly flaunt their melanin. 

“Pose like a trophy when Naomis walk in, she need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin,” one user wrote, quoting the song lyrics for the challenge. 

Beyonce diligently tried to find the best artists in Africa in order to make The King: The Gift sound authentic. 

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds or did my own interpretation of it,” Beyonce said in the interview withGood Morning America. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful to the music in Africa.”

To create the album’s unique sound Beyonce incorporated a ton of drums but also blended African beats with American production. 

“We’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your in your mind,” she explained. “The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and More Artists You Didn’t Know That Were Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

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Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and More Artists You Didn’t Know That Were Inspired by Selena Quintanilla

Most of us know the Latin artists that have been inspired by La Reina del Tex-Mex, Selena Quintanilla, like Becky G, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, etc. However, perhaps you didn’t know that Mother Monster aka Lady Gaga was inspired by Selena or that fellow Texan, Beyoncé, not only met Selena but also grew up listening to her on the radio. Here’s a list of 8 artists you probably didn’t know that also loved Selena.

Lady Gaga

For The Daily Telegraph, the Rain on Me singer was quoted saying that she was inspired by Selena’s bustiers for her concert outfits, as well as her career. Lady Gaga also tweeted back in the day that a Selena shirt was one of her favorites.

Whitney Houston

During a 1999 New York Daily News interview, the late singer Whitney Houston mentioned that she was inspired by Selena Quintanilla: “What she did in the English market was brilliant”.

Beyoncé

Queen Bey loved her fellow Texan, Selena. On one occasion during an MTV Tr3s interview, Beyoncé talked about meeting Selena at the Galleria Mall in Houston. She also mentioned how she would listen to Selena on the radio and even though she didn’t speak Spanish, listening to Selena helped her with her pronunciation.

Meghan Trainor

The All About That Bass singer told Entertainment Tonight that when she met Jennifer Lopez, she said: “Selena the movie was the reason I wanted to become a singer”.

Ashlee Simpson

American singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson told MTV TR3s during an interview that she had always been a fan of Selena and that “Dreaming of You” was her favorite song.

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Solange Knowles

Texas native, Solange Knowles covered “I Could Fall In Love With You” during her 2013-2014 World Tour. Solange has called Selena “one of her favorite artists growing up”.

HAIM

Pop-rock sister band HAIM told Glide Magazine that Selena the movie was their collective favorite movie.

Kacey Musgraves

Texans just love La Reina. Kacey Musgraves covered “Como La Flor” at the Houston Rodeo, and before performing told the crowd: “I love the queen Selena just as much as you do. This is our chance to honor her, by singing as loud as we can together.”

Kacey joins a list of artists that have covered Selena songs at the Houston Rodeo like Camila Cabello, Cardi B and Prince Royce.

READ: Rare Selena Grammys Photos Surface, Fans Are Upset With Her Lifetime Achievement Tribute

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Bad Bunny and Kali Uchis Win Their First Grammy Awards, Jhay Cortez Performs “Dákiti” with Benito

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Bad Bunny and Kali Uchis Win Their First Grammy Awards, Jhay Cortez Performs “Dákiti” with Benito

Celebrations are in order for Bad Bunny and Kali Uchis. Both artists won their very first Grammy Awards last night.

Benito won his first Grammy Award!

The Puerto Rican superstar was nominated for two Grammy Awards. During the pre-show, Bad Bunny’s collaboration “Un Día (One Day)” with Tainy, J Balvin, and Dua Lipa was defeated in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me” won the category.

In a first for the Best Latin Pop or Urban category, it was presented during the main Grammy telecast. Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG defeated recent works by Ricky Martin, Kany García, Camilo, and Debi Nova. He’s now a Latin Grammy and first-time Grammy winner.

We finally got a live performance of “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez.

Bad Bunny also performed his global hit “Dákiti” for the first time with Puerto Rican singer Jhay Cortez. The guys shined during the neon-colored performance for the El Último Tour Del Mundo cut. For his first big Grammy moment, Cortez was feeling himself in his see-through mesh shirt. The guys were later spotted dancing to Dua Lipa’s performance of “Levitating” and Benito knew the words.

Congrats to Kali Uchis too for her first Grammy win!

During the pre-show, Kali Uchis also became a first-time Grammy winner. When DJ and producer Kaytranada’s “10%” won for Best Dance Recording, the Colombian-American singer took home a Grammy as the song’s featured artist. She was previously nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2017 for featuring on Juanes’ “El Ratico.”

Uchis’ Grammy win comes at an incredible time in her career as she’s riding high off the global hit “Telepatía.” She recently put out a lyric video for Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit.

In other interesting Grammy wins news, Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade claimed her second Grammy in the Best Regional Mexican Music Album. Beyoncé became the most-awarded woman and most-awarded singer in Grammy history with 28 wins. With her Album of the Year victory for Folklore, Taylor Swift won the category for a historic third time.

Read: Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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