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Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy becomes one of the youngest Grammy nominees

She has been recognised for her vocals on her mum’s track, ‘Brown Skin Girl’

Eight-year-old Blue Ivy Carter has become one of the youngest Grammy nominees of all time, after being recognised for her work on mum Beyonce's track 'Brown Skin Girl'. Shutterstock
Eight-year-old Blue Ivy Carter has become one of the youngest Grammy nominees of all time, after being recognised for her work on mum Beyonce's track 'Brown Skin Girl'. Shutterstock

Blue Ivy Carter, 8, has become one of the youngest Grammy nominees.

Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter was added to the list of nominees on the Grammys website, after being recognised for her work on her mother’s track, Brown Skin Girl.

Initially left off the list of nominees, Blue Ivy, along with Nigerian singer WizKid, were both belatedly added in recognition of their work on the song, which was released in August.

Credited as a featured artist on the song, Blue Ivy not only provided vocals for the track, she also appeared in the video. However, American-Guyanese rapper and singer Saint Jhn, who also provided lyrics for the song, has yet to be listed alongside the other collaborators.

A controversial year for music

Set to air on January 31, 2021, the Grammys has garnered criticism this year from an array of artists who have either missed out on nominations, or feel they’ve received nods in the wrong categories.

Justin Bieber, 26, whose album Changes is nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category, issued a statement insisting he had made an RnB album, not a pop one.

“I am very meticulous and intentional about my music,” the Canadian singer wrote on Twitter. “With that being said, I set out to make an R&B album. Changes was and is an R&B album. It is not being acknowledged as an R&B album which is very strange to me.”

However, Recording Academy chair and interim president and chief executive Harvey Mason Jr responded to Bieber’s statement in an interview with Pitchfork, saying: “Art’s a funny thing because it’s so subjective, and at the Academy our goal is to honour excellence.”

The Weeknd is another artist who called out the Grammys this year, after his hit album After Hours failed to garner a single nomination in any category, leading the Canadian singer to insist the Grammys “remain corrupt".

The youngest singer to win a Grammy is Leah Peasall, who was 8 when she sang on the Oh, Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack alongside her sisters Hannah, 11, and Sarah, 14.

And country singer LeAnn Rimes was just 14 when she won two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her rendition of Blue, a cover of Bill Mack's 1958 track.

Updated: December 13, 2020 02:46 PM

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