“Why Beyoncé Deserves to Win Album of the Year at the 2025 Grammys with ‘Cowboy Carter’”

The highly praised album, celebrated by both fans and critics, is expected to face competition from Taylor Swift’s latest LP at next year’s music awards show.

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Beyoncé’s latest album, “Cowboy Carter,” released last month, marks her eighth studio album and the second part of a trilogy that began with 2022’s “Renaissance.” This LP, a signature blend of genres, is presented as a radio broadcast by the fictional KNTRY Radio Texas, with country legends like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Linda Martell as the disc jockeys.

Featuring 27 tracks, the album boasts collaborations with notable artists such as Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, and even Beyoncé’s 6½-year-old daughter, Rumi. It also showcases lesser-known Black country artists like Tanner Adell, Brittney Spencer, Tiera Kennedy, Reyna Roberts, Shaboozey, and Willie Jones. Additionally, the album includes instrumental performances by legends like Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers, Jon Batiste, Gary Clark Jr., and Rhiannon Giddens.

Nicholas Rice, a Senior News Editor for PEOPLE, makes a compelling case for why Beyoncé deserves to win Album of the Year at the 2025 Grammy Awards for “Cowboy Carter.”

Beyoncé has garnered Album of the Year nominations four times over the past two decades, starting with “I Am … Sasha Fierce” in 2010, followed by “Beyoncé” in 2015, “Lemonade” in 2017, and most recently “Renaissance” in 2023. The nominees for the 2025 Grammys will be revealed later this year, following the eligibility period from September 16, 2023, through August 30, 2024, as per Billboard.

Her latest project, “Cowboy Carter,” has received widespread acclaim from both fans and critics, particularly for her venture into the country genre. On Metacritic, aggregating reviews from various sources, “Cowboy Carter” achieved an impressive score of 92/100 based on 20 critic reviews.

Rolling Stone commended the album for featuring “Beyoncé’s best vocal work on record” and being “produced flawlessly.” Variety described “Cowboy Carter” as a “masterpiece of sophisticated vocal arranging,” likening it to “a 27-course meal” that is both complex and easy to appreciate in its entirety.

Beyoncé’s dedicated fan base, known as the Bey Hive, has also showered the superstar and her latest musical endeavor with high praise.

One enthusiastic fan on X (formerly Twitter) exclaimed, “The vocals on Cowboy Carter are INSANE. Do not ever play with my sister!!!!”

Another fan confidently predicted, “COWBOY CARTER IS SO GOOD I’M LITERALLY SCREAMING CRYING THROWING BEYONCÉ IS WINNING AOTY NEXT YEAR I’M CALLING IT,” while a different supporter declared, “Cowboy Carter is really Beyoncé’s best album.”

Expressing astonishment, another fan remarked, “Cowboy Carter is such. an. insane. flex. If this doesn’t finally get Beyoncé AOTY…” – showcasing the immense enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding Beyoncé’s potential recognition at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter” received accolades not only for its exceptional vocals, creative concept, and seamless flow but also for Beyoncé’s groundbreaking foray into what many perceive as a predominantly white genre as a Black woman.

In the album’s opening track, “American Requiem,” Beyoncé reflects on her country roots from growing up in Texas, singing, “Used to say I spoke too country / And the rejection came, said I wasn’t country enough / Said I wouldn’t saddle up, but / If that ain’t country, tell me what is?”

Linda Martell, 82, who features on “Spaghettii,” touches on the notion that artists can be limited to certain subjects, stating before the song, “Genres are a funny little concept, aren’t they? / In theory, they have a simple definition that’s easy to understand / But in practice, well, some may feel confined.”

Through “Cowboy Carter,” Beyoncé not only demonstrated her versatility as a musical chameleon but also provided a platform to uplift other Black artists, allowing them to showcase their vocal abilities and stories, while illustrating that music transcends boundaries of color and genre. This album serves as a testament to Beyoncé’s innovation and commitment to expanding the artistic landscape.

Despite her immense success, Beyoncé understood that not everyone in the entertainment industry, or the wider world, would embrace her efforts to break free from the confines she has faced throughout her career.

In a previous Instagram post, Beyoncé expressed gratitude to her fans for their early support of “Cowboy Carter” and shared insights into its creation. According to Beyoncé, the project was five years in the making and stemmed from an experience where she felt unwelcome. Many fans speculated that this experience referred to her performance of “Daddy Lessons” at the 2016 CMA Awards, alongside The Chicks.

Reflecting on this experience, Beyoncé stated, “And it was very clear that I wasn’t [welcomed]. But, because of that experience, I did a deeper dive into the history of country music and studied our rich musical archive. It feels good to see how music can unite so many people around the world, while also amplifying the voices of some of the people who have dedicated so much of their lives educating on our musical history.”

She emphasized how the criticisms she faced upon entering the country genre motivated her to transcend limitations and challenge herself creatively. “Act II is a result of challenging myself, and taking my time to bend and blend genres together to create this body of work,” Beyoncé added. This candid reflection underscores Beyoncé’s resilience and determination to push artistic boundaries, regardless of obstacles or skepticism.