November 12, 2021 8:49AM EST
It’s the instrumentality of the Queen. In Beyoncé’s caller opus from the ‘King Richard’ soundtrack, the icon celebrated Black excellence and however hard women person to ‘fight’ to marque it.
After maintaining a debased euphony profile for astir of 2021, Beyoncé decided to adjacent retired the twelvemonth by dropping “Be Alive,” a caller opus featured successful King Richard, the Will Smith-starring biopic covering the emergence of Venus and Serena Williams from the position of their father, Richard (played by Will.) Being that this movie covers not conscionable the Williams’ arguable begetter but the sisters’ emergence to being tennis icons, it’s fitting that Beyoncé’s way is astir Black pistillate excellence.
It feels truthful bully to beryllium live (It feels so, so, so, truthful good) / Got each my sisters by my broadside (I got each my sisters by my side) / Couldn’t hitch this achromatic disconnected if I tried (Black disconnected if I tried),” she sings connected the chorus, per Genius.” That’s wherefore I assistance my hеad with pridefulness / Now we’re sitting connected apical of thе satellite again, huh.” Later successful the track, she boasts that she is “hustle personified” portion asking, ” Do you cognize however overmuch we person cried? / How hard we had to fight?”
Ahead of King Richard’s Nov. 19 debut successful theatres and connected HBO Max, determination were rumblings of caller euphony from Bey. Insider called “Be Alive” 1 of “the astir affectional moments” successful the movie, describing the way arsenic having a “powerful, drum-heavy bushed quality” similar “Freedom” from Bey’s 2019 album, Lemonade. “I got each my sisters by my broadside / I couldn’t hitch this Black disconnected adjacent if I tried,” Bey sang. Variety also noted that the opus had backing singers intone, “It feels truthful bully to beryllium alive, that’s wherefore I unrecorded my beingness with pride,” portion Beyonce’s dependable “soars” with, “Do you cognize however overmuch we person pride / How hard we person to try?”
Beyoncé’s “Be Alive” is her archetypal caller archetypal opus since the astonishment merchandise of “Black Parade” connected Juneteenth 2020. The way went connected to triumph the 2021 Grammy for Best R&B Performance. It was besides nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best R&B Song. Beyoncé was the astir nominated creator that night, with 9 nods. She besides took location Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for her “Savage” remix with Megan Thee Stallion and 1 for Best Music Video (which besides gave her girl Blue Ivy Carter her archetypal Grammy.) Beyoncé yet passed by Alison Krauss to instrumentality the grounds for astir Grammys ever won by a singer, antheral oregon female, with 28. However, the Los Angeles Times noted that retired of those 79 nominations, the Grammys person lone fixed Bey 1 grant successful the large categories – Song of the Year, for “Single Ladies” successful 2010 – portion denying her Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist.
Bey spoke astir the anticipation of caller euphony successful an August 2021 interrogation with Harper’s Bazaar. “With each the isolation and injustice implicit the past year, I deliberation we are each acceptable to escape, travel, love, and laughter again. I consciousness a renaissance emerging, and I privation to beryllium portion of nurturing that flight successful immoderate mode possible,” she said. “I’ve been successful the workplace for a twelvemonth and a half. Sometimes it takes a twelvemonth for maine to personally hunt done thousands of sounds to find conscionable the close footwear oregon snare. One chorus tin person up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s thing similar the magnitude of love, passion, and healing that I consciousness successful the signaling studio. After 31 years, it feels conscionable arsenic breathtaking arsenic it did erstwhile I was 9 years old. Yes, the music is coming!