Blue Ivy Carter Is Now the Youngest MTV VMA Winner

Blue Ivy’s victory came as part of a Best Cinematography win for “Brown Skin Girl," led by Beyoncé and featuring collaborators Wizkid and SAINt JHN.

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Blue Ivy

The Carters have added yet another award to their collection. 

Blue Ivy Carter, the eldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, took home her first MTV Video Music Award Sunday night at just nine years old—making her what PeopleE! News and others have noted is the youngest Moonman winner since the award show began in 1984. 

Blue Ivy’s historic victory came as part of a Best Cinematography win, having lent vocals to her mother’s “Brown Skin Girl” with collaborators Wizkid and SAINt JHN. The cinematographers honored were Benoit Soler, Malik H. Sayeed, Mohammaed Atta Ahmed, Santiago Gonzalez, and Ryan Helfant. The video featured appearances from Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, and Kelly Rowland. 

In its category, “Brown Skin Girl” beat out Billie Eilish’s “Therefore I Am,” Foo Fighters “Shame Shame,” Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper’s “Holy,” Lady Gaga’s “911,” and Lorde “Solar Power.” It also previously earned Blue Ivy, who has a writing credit on the cut from The Lion King: The Gift, her first Billboard Hot 100 entry and Grammy Award earlier this year. She became the second-youngest artist to ever score a Grammy, following then-8-year-old Leah Peasall, who won at the 2001 ceremony for the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?

“Brown Skin Girl” came up short in the Best R&B Video category, losing to “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic. Also at the show, 18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo became the fifth-youngest Best New Artist winner to date at the VMAs. Justin Bieber was just 16 when he took home the title; this year he won Artist of the Year and was the most-nominated act with nine nods.

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