Blue Ivy Carter, seven, shares songwriting award with parents and co-writers

By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter has won a songwriting award at the age of seven.

Blue Ivy bagged the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award at Sunday’s Soul Train Awards for co-writing her mother’s hit Brown Skin Girl, a song celebrating dark- and brown-skinned women.

Blue Ivy gives a vocal performance that opens and closes the song, which also features Wizkid and Saint Jhn.

The Carters were not at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas to accept the honour named after the legendary Motown songwriting duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

Blue Ivy shares the win with Beyonce, Jay-Z, St Jhn and several other co-writers.

Jay-Z and Beyonce (Dennis Van Tine (Archive/PA)

This week could get even better for Blue Ivy.

Grammy nominations will be revealed on 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 did not 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).

Drake (Ian West/PA)

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 singer Yolanda Adams and Songwriter Hall of Famers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who have worked with Janet Jackson throughout her career and have also crafted number one hits for George Michael, Usher, Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men.