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Blue Ivy Carter

(2012-01-07) January 7, 2012 (age 8)

Blue Ivy Carter (born January 7, 2012) is an American singer. She became the youngest winner of a BET Award at the age of eight when she won the BET HER Award in 2020 for her collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl", a single by Carter, her mother Beyoncé, WizKid and Saint Jhn.[1] She won an NAACP Image Award for the same song.[2] A daughter of musicians Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Carter has lived her life in the spotlight from birth. She has been the subject of depictions in media, including impersonations on Saturday Night Live and RuPaul's Drag Race.


Beyoncé’s pregnancy was announced during the performance of "Love on Top" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.[3] She finished the performance by unbuttoning her blazer and rubbing her stomach to confirm her pregnancy.[4] Blue Ivy Carter was born January 7, 2012 to Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York.[5] CBS wrote Carter was "Arguably the world's most famous baby, aside from Prince George and North West", the eldest child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.[6] Two days after her birth, Time wrote Carter was "already the most famous baby in the world."[7] Since her birth, her parents have "worked to secure trademarks of their daughter's name for everything, including books, shampoos, video games, and more."[8] Beyonce argued Carter is a "cultural icon" during the trademark process.[9] Through her mother, Carter is the granddaughter of Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles.[10][11] Carter's maternal aunt is singer Solange Knowles.[12] Media attention has been focused on Carter from birth because of her famous parents and extended family.

In 2012, the town of Hvar, Croatia named Carter an honorary citizen of the town. Her parents had visited the town before Carter's birth, where Beyoncé had first considered naming her Blue Ivy.[13]

In August 2014, Carter joined father Jay-Z onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they presented Beyoncé with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.[14] Carter has continued to attend music award ceremonies with her parents, including the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where she made headlines for the cost of the clothing she wore (a $10,950 Mischka Aoki princess gown and $565 Giuseppe Zanotti high-top sneakers).[15][16]

In 2018, Carter attended first grade at The Center for Early Education, a private school in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.[17]

In January 2020, just before Carter's eighth birthday, rapper Megan Thee Stallion posted photos to her Instagram and Twitter of her, Beyoncé, and Carter. Vanity Fair writer K. Austin Collins replied, "I have a feeling the jay z face genes are about to really hit Blue Ivy and I feel so sorry for her." Harper's Bazaar web editor Violet Lucca replied to Collins' tweet, stating "They haven't already? Or she'll just get plastic surgery at 16 a la Kylie Jenner and we'll all have to pretend that she always looked that way…I can't allow myself to feel too sorry for the incredibly rich!" The two were slammed online, leading to an apology from both and the pair deleting their tweets.[18][19]

Page Six and OK! regularly report on Carter, including her attendance at basketball games and when she attends red carpet events.[20][21]


Dubbed the "Princess of pop" by Rolling Stone, Carter was featured gurgling and crying on her father's single "Glory", a song released two days after her birth celebrating her.[22][7] Because of "Glory", Carter is the youngest person to ever chart on the Billboard charts.[23][24]

In 2020, Carter sang on the track "Brown Skin Girl", earning accolades and awards for the performance. She was the youngest recipient of a BET Award when she received the BET HER Award. She also was awarded the Soul Train Music Award for The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award, as well as the prize for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration at the 2020 NAACP Image Award ceremony.[25][26]

In November 2020, Carter narrated Matthew A. Cherry's book Hair Love about an African American father doing his daughter's hair for the first time.[27][28] Variety posited "there’s a chance she could contend for a Grammy nomination for spoken word."[29]

Cultural depictions of Carter[edit]

In February 2012, Saturday Night Live parodied a baby Carter being sung to by Justin Timberlake playing Bon Iver.[30] In January 2013, Saturday Night Live aired a parody of Carter and Beyoncé, where Carter's crib was "lined with one of Diana Ross's finest wigs."[31]

In 2018, Carter was the subject of an impersonation by drag queen The Vixen on the Snatch Game episode on RuPaul's Drag Race season 10. Into stated the characterization rested on "brat... without pushing Blue into more nuanced territory."[32]

Writing about Carter[edit]

In 2012, Jaclyn Friedman came under fire for her piece, Unsolicited Advice For Blue Ivy,[33] which was heavily criticized by African-American women for alleged racist overtones.[34] Friedman subsequently issued a public apology on her blog, and donated the fee she received for the piece to SisterSong, an activist group that primarily supports women of color.[35]



List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Rap
NZ Hot
SWE Heat.
(Jay-Z featuring B.I.C.)
2012 63 23 Non-album single
"Brown Skin Girl"
(Beyoncé, Saint Jhn and Wizkid featuring Blue Ivy Carter)
2019 76 27 60 50 67 82 6 6 42 The Lion King: The Gift
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released, other artist featured, and album name
Title Year Other artist Album
"Blue" 2013 Beyoncé Beyoncé
"Blue's Freestyle / We Family" 2017 Jay-Z 4:44
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" 2019 Beyoncé Homecoming: The Live Album



Year Title Role Ref.
2013 Life Is But a Dream Self [46]
2016 Beyoncé: Lemonade Self [47]
2019 Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé Self [48]
2019 Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift Self [49]
2020 Black Is King Self [50]

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released, other artists featured and directors
Title Year Other artist(s) Director(s) Ref.
As artist
"Blue" 2013 Beyoncé Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein [51]
"Glory" 2015 Jay-Z N/A [52]
"Brown Skin Girl" 2020 Beyoncé, Saint Jhn, Wizkid Jenn Nkiru [53]
Guest appearances
"Formation" 2016 Beyoncé Melina Matsoukas [54]
"All Night" [55]
"Family Feud" 2017 Jay-Z, Beyoncé Ava DuVernay [56]
"Spirit" 2019 Beyoncé Jake Nava, Jon Favreau [57]
"Bigger" ("Spirit" extended video) N/A [58]
"Bigger" (Black Is King video) 2020 [59]
"Find Your Way Back"
"My Power" Beyoncé, Nija, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Lag


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