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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