Is Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” a country song? Not according to the Grammys.
The Associated Press reports Beyoncé submitted the song to the country category, but the Recording Academy’s country music committee rejected it. Had the song been accepted, it would be up for Best Country Song and Country Solo Performance.
The debate about whether or not “Daddy Lessons” is a country song has been an ongoing source of controversy since it was first suggested earlier this year. Featured on her new album Lemonade, the song is about a young Beyonce learning life lessons from her father in Houston, Texas.
The song’s lyrics make reference to some common themes used in country songs, including the Bible, shooting rifles, drinking whiskey and hard knocks. It also features an acoustic guitar.
Beyonce performed “Daddy Lessons” with the Dixie Chicks at the CMA Awards in November. Americans’ reactions to the performance were incredibly polarized, to say the least.
Interestingly, Beyonce was nominated for best rock performance for “Don’t Hurt Yourself” with Jack White. She is also nominated for eight other awards in the pop, R&B and rap categories.