Mickey Guyton has shared a passionate rendition of Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” as part of Black History Month on Amazon Music.
Having previously spoken about feeling like an outsider as a Black woman in country music, Guyton said that covering the song had a deeper meaning for her. “It was important for me to record ‘If I Were a Boy’ because I have been fighting in country music for so long to just be accepted for who I am,” Guyton told People.
“This song represents the release and the birth of something new. Really, this song means so much more to me, and has a completely different meaning, than when I first heard it,” she added.
The cover also features artwork by artist Jamilla Okubo. “Supporting Black art in all forms is really important to me, and when I discovered Jamilla on Instagram, I knew I wanted to have her do the artwork,” said Guyton on Instagram. “I hope that when people see it they don’t see me, they see themselves.”
Guyton was recently nominated for the upcoming 56th Academy of Country Music Awards for New Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also one out of the four Black artists to have been nominated—a record number for the ACM Awards.
Her Bridges cut, “Black Like Me,” is also up for Best Country Solo Performance at the upcoming 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making her the first ever Black female solo artist to earn a Grammy nomination in a country category.
Listen to Guyton’s cover of “If I Were A Boy” here.