Updated: 24th May 2017

Beyonc’s country nomination effort spurned by Grammy committee

The singer, already nominated in the rock, pop, R&B and rap award categories, tried to get a nod from the country section for Daddy Lessons but was rejected

Beyonc earned nine Grammy nominations on Tuesday, including best rock performance, but the singers twangy song Daddy Lessons was rejected by the Recording Academys country music committee.

A person familiar with the Grammy nomination process said on Wednesday that Beyonc submitted Daddy Lessons from her album Lemonade to the country category. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the topic, said the country music committee rejected the song.

If Beyoncs song had made it through, it would have been eligible for honours such as best country song and country solo performance.

Representatives for Beyonc and the Grammys didnt immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

Daddy Lessons highlights the Houston natives Southern music roots, incorporating horns, acoustic guitar and hand claps as Beyonce sings about lessons she learned from her father and former manager. The lyrics include references to the second amendment, the Bible and shooting guns.

Beyonce performed the track at last months Country Music Association awards alongside the Dixie Chicks, and later released a version of the song featuring the country trio.

Earlier in the year, the Chicks covered the song on their tour, and others in the country genre welcomed the tune, including Blake Shelton, who defended the song from critics who say its not country.

Country star Dierks Bentley said, There is just something intangible about it that it feels like a country song.

Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town said, Beyonc has some stories to tell, thats clear on Lemonade. And thats what makes country music great.

Beyonc impressed the music world by earning Grammy nominations in the rock, pop, R&B and rap categories, becoming the first artist to earn nominations in those fields in the same year. Paul McCartney and Janet Jackson have also received Grammy nominations in pop, rock, R&B and rap, but not in the same year.

Beyoncs nine nominations include the big three: album of the year for Lemonade and song, and record of the year for Formation. She is also competing for best rock performance (Dont Hurt Yourself with Jack White), pop solo performance (Hold Up), rap/sung performance (Freedom with Kendrick Lamar) and urban contemporary album (Lemonade). She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in Grammy history, with 62 nominations. Beyonc is also competing for best music film with Lemonade and music video with Formation.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/08/beyonce-country-nomination-daddy-lessons-spurned-grammy-award

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