Before the 2021 Grammys even officially began, Blue Ivy Carter made history as the show’s second youngest winner. The 9-year-old won her first trophy in the Best Music Video category for Beyoncé's “Brown Skin Girl” video, sharing the honor with her mother, featured artist Wizkid, and the video’s director, Jenn Nkiru. The Grammy-winning track appeared on Beyoncé's Lion King companion album, The Lion King: The Gift, as well as the July Disney+ film, Black Is King, in which Blue Ivy can be seen alongside Bey.
Not to be outdone, Beyoncé also broke a record of her own at the 2021 Grammys. She became the most-awarded artist in Grammys history with her win for Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade,” bringing her trophy total to 28.
Going into the show, Bey was already the most-nominated artist of the evening with nods in nine categories. She won Best Rap Performance for the “Savage” remix with Megan Thee Stallion prior to the telecast, and Best Rap Song for the same track. The latter tied her for the most wins record with Alison Krauss, but mere minutes later, she broke the record. “My daughter won a Grammy tonight too!” Bey exclaimed during her acceptance speech for Best R&B Performance.
Blue Ivy’s victory was announced prior to the televised show, with the Recording Academy tweeting out, “Congrats Best Music Video winner - ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’ @Beyonce #BlueIvy @wizkidayo,” on Sunday afternoon. Blue and Bey beat out several major musicians in the category, including Harry Styles for “Adore You,” Future featuring Drake for “Life Is Good,” Anderson .Paak for “Lockdown,” and Woodkid for “Goliath.”
While winning a Grammy before hitting middle school is a flex in and of itself, this is far from Blue Ivy’s first major award. In February, she won a 2020 NAACP Image award in the outstanding duo, group, or collaboration category for “Brown Skin Girl.” The song also won Blue Ivy a BET Soul Train Award for best songwriting. Oh, and the song casually charted on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat for any artist — let alone one who has yet to turn 10 years old. The only fellow overachiever to win a Grammy at a younger age was Leah Peasall, who won Album of the Year for her work on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack in 2001 at age 8.