While the Country Music Association considered Beyoncé’s rootsy song “Daddy Lessons” country enough to warrant a performance slot opposite the Dixie Chicks at November’s 50th CMA Awards, the Grammys apparently don’t share that view. The track, off Beyoncé’s Lemonade, was reportedly rejected by the Recording Academy for consideration in the country field.
According to a story by the AP, Beyoncé submitted “Daddy Lessons” for nomination in the country category, but the Academy’s country-music committee shunned the song.
Beyoncé earned nine Grammy nominations when the categories were revealed on December 6th. While the bulk of the singer’s nominations were in all-genre, pop and rap categories, she did make an unexpected showing in the Best Rock Performance field for the Lemonade track “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” featuring Jack White. Inclusion there makes the outright rejection of the twangy “Daddy Lessons” somewhat more of a head-scratcher.
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Beyoncé’s nominations include one for Album of the Year, where she competes with country artist Sturgill Simpson’s genre-bending A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which is also nominated for Best Country Album. Other country artists landing in the all-genre races include Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini, both up for Best New Artist.
Following November’s performance at the CMAs, Beyoncé released a new version of “Daddy Lessons” featuring the Dixie Chicks.
The 59th Grammy Awards will be held February 12th in Los Angeles.