Blue Ivy Carter Is Now the Youngest BET Award Winner

Grant Rindner
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

From Oprah Magazine

  • Blue Ivy Carter became the youngest person ever to win a BET Award on Sunday.

  • She won the Her Award for "Brown Skin Girl," a song with Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, and WizKid from the Lion King soundtrack.

  • It was one of two wins for Beyoncé, who also picked up the Humanitarian Award.

Blue Ivy Carter became the youngest person to win a BET Award this Sunday. The eight-year-old won the Her Award for her contribution to "Brown Skin Girl," along with her mother Beyoncé, SAINt JHN, and WizKid.

The Her Award celebrates R&B and neo soul, having previously been won by Beyoncé in 2016 for "Formation." Beyoncé's sister—and Blue's aunt—Solange won the following year for "Cranes in the Sky."

Despite being just a child, Blue Ivy has already established quite the recording career. She's appeared on her father, Jay-Z's songs "Glory" and "Family Feud," while also guesting on her mother's tracks "Daddy Lessons" and "Blue." She appeared with both of them on their joint project, The Carters, on "SALUD!" and "BOSS" as well.

Blue Ivy also featured in the video for "Spirit," another Beyoncé track from the Lion King. Beyoncé both appeared in the movie as Nala and also curated a soundtrack album called The Lion King: The Gift, which featured Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Tierra Whack.

The Carter-Knowles family cleaned up on Sunday, with Beyoncé also winning the Humanitarian Award and delivering a rousing speech in support of those protesting against police brutality and structural racism.

"Your voices are being heard and you're proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain," Beyoncé said after being presented the award by former First Lady Michelle Obama. "Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I'm encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system. We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does."

Beyoncé is currently gearing up for the release of Black Is King, a visual album which will be released on July 31 on Disney+.

"The events of 2020 have made the film’s vision and message even more relevant, as people across the world embark on a historic journey. We are all in search of safety and light. Many of us want change," she wrote on Instagram. "I believe that when Black people tell our own stories, we can shift the axis of the world and tell our real history of generational wealth and richness of soul that are not told in our history books."

If their track record is to be believed, expect Blue Ivy to have a small cameo.

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