Like her parents, Blue Ivy is now an award-winning songwriter
In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce, arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
Published Monday, November 18, 2019 8:24AM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 18, 2019 8:40AM EST
NEW YORK -- At just 7, Blue Ivy Carter is an award-winning songwriter.
Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award at Sunday's Soul Train Awards for co-writing her mom's hit "Brown Skin Girl," a song celebrating dark- and brown-skinned women.
Ivy Carter gives a vocal performance that opens and closes the song, which also features Wizkid and Saint Jhn.
The Carters weren't at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to accept the honour named after the legendary Motown songwriting duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Ivy Carter shares the win with Beyonce, Jay-Z, St. Jhn and several other co-writers.
This week could get even better for Ivy Carter: Grammy nominations will be revealed Wednesday and "Brown Skin Girl" could earn the young star her first Grammy nomination (Beyonce has won 23 Grammys and Jay-Z has 22).
"Brown Skin Girl" -- which features Beyonce namedropping Lupita Nyong'o, Naomi Campbell and Kelly Rowland and singing lyrics like, "I love everything about you, from your nappy curls to every single curve" -- was also nominated for best collaboration at the Soul Train Awards. Most of the top winners didn't attend the show, and only three of the 12 awards were handed out during the live telecast: best female R&B/soul artist (H.E.R.), best new artist (Summer Walker) and best gospel/international award (Kirk Franklin).
Chris Brown and Drake's "No Guidance" -- which has spent the last five months, and counting, in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- was the big winner, picking up song of the year, best dance performance and best collaboration. Lizzo won album/mixtape of the year for "Cuz I Love You" and video of the year for "Juice."
The awards show, which aired on BET and was hosted by actresses Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell, also gave special honours to gospel music icon Yolanda Adams and Songwriter Hall of Famers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who have worked with Janet Jackson throughout her career and have also crafted No. 1 hits for George Michael, Usher, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.