Beyoncé’s music film ‘Black Is King’ was a much-needed cultural reset that served as an ode to Africa. One of the music videos from the Disney movie, “Brown Skin Girl,” a love letter to Black girls everywhere, has been nominated for Best Music Video at the 2021 Grammy Awards!
Upon the release of the single in 2019, “Brown Skin Girl” became an international hit, sparking challenges and giving Black women the love the on-wax love that we deserve. The video was directed by Nigerian-British director Jenn Nkiru, whom ESSENCE spoke with about the song, as well as the video. “I just think Brown skin, Black skin, dark skin, is so beautiful. I just see the divinity in it. It’s gorgeous,” she said. “This was meant to be an affirmation of that. That’s the intent of it, to be an affirmation.”
Nkiru also shared that she wanted to Black women of all shades to feel deeply appreciated through her work. “We really wanted, and I really wanted, this piece to encompass the breadth of Black and Brown womanhood, really,” she said.
The video featured beloved figures such as Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong’o, Tina Knowles-Lawson and Beyoncé’s oldest daughter, Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé was nominated for a number of other Grammys, including ‘Best Rap Song,’ ‘Best Music Film,’ and ‘Best Rap Performance.’ She leads with 9 nominations, the most of any artist for the 2021 Grammys. This continues her record of being the most-nominated woman in Grammy history.
Congratulations to Beyoncé and Black women all over the world!