The moment that inspired Beyoncé’s ‘Cowboy Carter’

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And the category is… Beyoncé.

On Tuesday, the superstar set the record straight about the upcoming release of his album “Cowboy Carter” — thanking his fans for the success of its first single, teasing a few surprises and collaborations, sharing how he’s getting into the country music sound. Planning to contribute. And addressing the moment that challenged him to delve deeper into the genre in the first place.

“Because of that experience, I delved deeper into the history of country music and studied our rich music collection,” Beyoncé wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “…the criticism I faced when I first entered this genre forced me to move beyond the limitations that were imposed on me.”

Those comments have been widely speculated to be in the context of the reception of her first country song, “Daddy Lessons”, and her performance at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards with The Chicks. The performance was met with intense backlash and exposed the deep divisions that still exist in the country’s music industry.

many Viewers argued that the superstar didn’t belong in that genre – or on the stage of “country music’s biggest night”, as the show’s tagline says. excess The criticism was considered racially and politically charged in the wake of liberal-leaning political statements in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” album.

“Daddy Lessons”, which was praised by many music critics at the time, was also eliminated from consideration. Country Music Categories at the Grammys.

Like other controversies the star has faced in her career, Beyoncé has always used her music to address the headlines. But in this instance, it also led to a deeper penetration into the country genre, he wrote.

Beyoncé said “Cowboy Carter”, to be released on March 29, is a continuation of her culture-changing Act I project, “Renaissance” and was more than five years in the making. For many fans, this confirms long-standing speculation that the follow-up project would usher in a new era in the singer’s extensive musical catalogue.

“Act II is the result of challenging myself and taking my time to bend and mix styles together to create this work,” Beyoncé shared in her Instagram post — and it’s already making history.

“Texas Hold ‘Em”, one of two releases from “Cowboy Carter”, became the first song by a black woman to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. And, according to Billboard magazine, its success has also promoted other black women in country music, including Tanner Adele, Reyna Roberts and Rhiannon Giddens, who plays banjo and viola on “Texas Hold ‘Em”.

Giddens’ feature on the song nods to a tradition Beyoncé has long maintained: the way she honored the artists who made a splash for house, disco and bounce music with her “Renaissance” album, “Cowboy Carter” would probably bring recognition to unsung black country artists. ,

Beyoncé wrote, “My hope is that a few years from now, mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing styles of music, will be irrelevant.”

“It’s not a country album. This is a ‘Beyoncé’ album,” he concluded.

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