First of all, I love Beyonce totally. Always have. Always will.
I grew up to Beyoncé’s Pretty Hurts, I Was Here, Run The World (Girls), Broken-Hearted Girl, Ego.. I could go on! Her music has always hit me different. Such soulful, meaningful, I-am-worthy, I-am-not-alone lyrics that not only motivated me to sing her verses in competitions, in the shower, or while heartbroken, but also inspires me daily and greatly to be the best version of myself and live my best life. And isn’t she living it?!
Beyoncé, who had nine nominations, including for song and record of the year – the most of any artist in 2021, made history with her 28th win. “Black Parade” took Best R&B Performance honors, putting her across the line set by bluegrass artist Alison Krauss. Her win followed awards in the Best Rap Performance category, shared with Megan Thee Stallion for “Savage (Remix),” and Best Music Video category for “Brown Skin Girl”, which she shared with her daughter Blue Ivy and one of my favorite Nigerian Music Artists, Wizkid.
Accepting the award for best R&B performance for her song “Black Parade,” which was released just as protests were breaking out last summer, Beyoncé said:
“As an artist I believe it’s my job, and all of our jobs, to reflect the times, and it’s been such a difficult time.”beyonce knowles-carter
Beyoncé boasts 79 Grammy nominations for her career since she started working at the age of nine, including her work as a member of Destiny’s Child, as well as the Carters (her shared project with husband Jay-Z, and most recently, daughter Blue Ivy).
An anthemic celebration of Black pride, “Black Parade” was released as a single for charity on Juneteenth, or June 19th, a historic day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States. Proceeds went to the BeyGOOD Black Business Impact Fund, which has issued grants to nearly 250 Black-owned small-business owners. Though originally featured in the 2020 motion picture soundtrack for “The Lion King: The Gift”, the song evoked the spirit of the 2020 uprisings, during which protestors across the country took to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd, Jacob Blake and other African American victims of police violence.
Always a STAR POWER, Beyonce! Thank you!!