The 2022 Academy Awards is still in the headlines, and whether it is the infamous Will Smith-Chris Rock confrontation or the chatter about protesters at Jay-Z’s afterparty, there’s plenty of drama for people to discuss. However, there was another viral moment at the Oscars this year, one that took place well before the moment when Smith strode onstage to slap Rock over his joke regarding Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head. When Beyoncé Knowles opened the ceremony with the rousing song “Be Alive,” it caused a stir. In recent days, fans have taken to social media to discuss whether her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, really appeared as a backup dancer during the performance.
Beyoncé Knowles received acclaim for her Oscars performance
Fans everywhere were looking forward to the 2022 Academy Awards, and when the ceremony opened with Knowles’ performance of her original song from the movie King Richard, “Be Alive,” excitement was in overdrive. Her performance was filmed live from Compton and featured the iconic singer belting out the lyrics while supported by dozens of backup dancers in tennis-themed ensembles.
There were several nods to Venus and Serena Williams in the performance, according to People, from Knowles’ beaded hairstyle to the nod to the Compton Cowboys with the young woman riding to the tennis court on horseback. Notably, Knowles wrote the song “Be Alive” specifically for King Richard, with lyrics that highlight the struggle and eventual triumph that the Williams family experienced in their rise to the top of their chosen sport. However, it was one subtle moment in Knowles’ performance that really captured the attention of fans.
Fans spotted Blue Ivy Carter amongst Beyoncé Knowles’ backup dancers
According to Insider, Knowles’ performance was enhanced by one particular moment when the cameras panned out, revealing the singer surrounded by a host of young backup dancers and singers. In the group, eagle-eyed fans spotted Knowles’ young daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. The young fashionista can be seen in clips and pictures seated amongst the other dancers, wearing the same lime-green ensemble as the others and rocking dark glasses, along with sleek silver accessories.
Blue Ivy Carter has worked with her mother on several projects
The performance of “Be Alive” is far from the first time that Blue Ivy Carter has worked with her famous mother. Born in January 2012, Carter is the oldest child of Knowles and her husband, rapper and business mogul Jay-Z. The young woman has lived a private life, thanks to the hard work of her parents, but she has stepped into the spotlight on several occasions in recent years.
In 2020, she lent her vocals to the song “Brown Skin Girl,” alongside her mother, as well as artists Wizkid and Saint Jhn. The tune earned her several accolades and made her the youngest-ever winner of a BET Award. Later on that same year, Carter narrated the book Hair Love, a sweet story that followed an African-American father doing his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Carter has also appeared with Knowles in several music videos, including the videos for “Spirit” and “Bigger.” The two often wear matching ensembles, proving that Carter is as much of a fashionista as her mother.
Carter has attended several awards shows with her parents, walking the red carpet and wearing incredibly expensive clothes. With her own Spotify page and an important place in pop culture history, many critics are already hailing Carter as the “next Beyoncé.” With a whole world of opportunities at her feet, there are clearly no limits to what Blue Ivy Carter can accomplish.
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