If you needed a reminder that you are doing nothing with your life, cultural icon Blue Ivy Carter just won an NAACP Image award, adding another highlight to her resume (that also includes, in bold font, being the daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce). Well, it wasn’t an award for shadiest side-eye, or best example of public civility and manners, it was for SONGWRITING AND SINGING!
On Friday, the 51st annual NAACP Image awards hosted a dinner in a lead-up to Saturday night’s televised presentation ceremony. Beyonce, who had been nominated for six awards (and won them all, because obviously), received a music win for “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration” for the song “Brown Skin Girl”, which features vocals from Blue Ivy (and was also written by Beyonce––and eight other people). And as a result, Blue Ivy became the youngest winner of a competitive award in the NAACP history. Blue Ivy’s grandma congratulated her on Instagram:
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Congratulations BLUE IVY on your NAACP award last night for singing and writing on “Brown Skin Girl” from the Album The Gift. 👏🏾👏🏾The youngest artist to win a major award👏🏾👏🏾Grandma is soo proud of you❤️❤️❤️ 8 years old!!!!🙏🏾❤️ You are giving all the beautiful little brown girls a voice ❤️
Now, I’m telling picturing Blue Ivy waking up at the crack of dawn, pouring herself a cup of ambition and strolling out to the grounds of the Bey-Z compound and perching herself at the edge of the koi pond in order to write her mother’s next big hit (along with the other 14 writers on a Beyonce song). Blue Ivy Carter is putting in the work to pay for that lavish life. And I would be interested to see how award-winning Blue Ivy would fare as a songwriter if she were working with one of the Housewives, or taking another stab at the Alphabet song. If she could manage to squeeze out a Song of the Year Grammy after the likes of Countess Luann knocks their track out of the park with her vocals, I’d really, really, really be impressed.
If you haven’t yet heard the award-winning track, here it is: