December 5, 2022

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy just won her first songwriting award

At seven years old, Blue Ivy Carter is already building a killer résumé.

The daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z just won a songwriting award for contributing to her mom’s track “Brown Skin Girl” with SAINt JHN and WizKid. At the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards on Sunday, Blue Ivy took home the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award, which also credits her parents as co-writers.

Blue Ivy opens and closes the song with the lyrics “Brown skin girl, your skin just like pearls, the best thing in the world, never trade you for anybody else.”

“Brown Skin Girl” was part of her mom’s 2019 The Lion King: The Gift album, and it received rave reviews from fans and critics upon its release. #BrownSkinGirlChallenge even went viral on social media, with many black women — including Lupita Nyong’o and Gabrielle Union — using the hashtag to celebrate the song’s positive message.

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The award is Blue Ivy’s latest milestone, coming after she notched her first Billboard Hot 100 with “Brown Skin Girl.” The song debuted at No. 76 on the chart in July, while the album itself debuted at No. 2.

Previously, Blue Ivy appeared with her mother in the music video for “Spirit,” another song from The Lion King: The Gift. 

Beyoncé is the most-awarded artist at the Soul Train Awards with 16 statues, so Blue Ivy has big shoes to fill, but she has plenty of time. Next stop: finishing elementary school.

Denver Company Wins Two National Scaffolding Awards for Gaylord Rockies

Scaffolding is often an unrecognized backbone of the construction industry, and yet many ancient wonders of the world and modern-day skyscrapers would not exist without the creative utilization of temporary scaffold structures. This past month, the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) announced the recipients of its annual project awards at the President’s Gala held in New Orleans. Denver-based CD Specialty Contractors won the Supported Scaffold Project of the Year Award and Innovation Award, both for its work on the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora.

The awards showcase CD Specialty Contractors’ innovative and creative approach to tackling a project of immense scale. The company was tasked with erecting 2.5 million pounds of scaffolding along 1.9 million square feet of lodging, retail, commercial and convention space. The complex undertaking of the scaffold erection was unique in that general contractor, Mortensen/WELBRO, required all scaffolding to be erected at one time and kept in place until each trade was complete. The challenge was further compounded by the building’s design, which features a steeply-pitched roof of 37 degrees. This meant that CD Specialty Contractors enlisted and collaborated with Golden-based Crimson Engineering to design a custom peak mounting bracket to evenly distribute the weight of the scaffolding over the steeply-pitched roof.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by SAIA in the categories of Innovation and Support Scaffold Project of the Year,” commented Israel Sanchez, vice president of operations. “Our experienced team at CD Specialty Contractors collaborated for more than 20 months on this massive endeavor. The custom-built attachment system was a unique challenge which our team overcame through innovative engineering and design.”

CD Specialty Contractors has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. The company’s total revenue has more than doubled in the past four years to $26 million in 2018, with scaffolding accounting for nearly fifty percent of its total revenue. The company is currently working on commercial and industrial scaffolding and insulation projects throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, including the AMLI Riverfront Park and restoration of the historic Mercantile building in Denver.

Minnesota Twins Receive U.S. Green Building Council Award

The Minnesota Twins have received a 2019 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), recognizing the organization’s contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry. 

The Twins, heralded as a “model for sustainability in the sporting world,” join 19 other corporations, individuals, cities and communities, specific projects, and organizations who are using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them. This year’s recipients will be recognized at the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Our Leadership Award recipients remind us that taking action – big or small – has the power to change lives and promote a higher living standard for us all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. “Each of these awardees made commitments to improve our world through the power of green building. Their actions are an inspiration and show us that our collective efforts can lead to meaningful change that moves us closer to our vision of buildings, communities and cities that regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life.”

The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team’s first two seasons in their home ballpark. In 2017, the Twins became the first to attain LEED Gold for operations and maintenance of their facility, an honor for which the club was recertified in 2019.

Target Field — the “Greenest Ballpark in America” — is also the nation’s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance. Arc is the first of its kind to track progress through a performance score, enabling projects to make more informed decisions when it comes to sustainability.

“The Minnesota Twins organization is honored to receive the USGBC’s 2019 Leadership Award,” said team president and CEO Dave St. Peter. “Sustainability continues to be a high priority for the Twins, our employees and our fans. The ballclub remains committed to setting a high sustainability standard with a belief that it’s the right thing for our community and our business, now and into the future.”

The Twins’ many environmental stewardship efforts include a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System provided by Minneapolis-based Pentair, helping the organization capture, purify and reuse more than 19 million total gallons of rainwater at Target Field to date; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs that have kept more than 10,870 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season; LED fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and, a long-term partnership with Eco-Products to provide the ballpark’s compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. In 2019, the Twins installed Major League Baseball’s first “living wall” batter’s eye at Target Field; the structure’s 5,700-plus sea green juniper plants are self-irrigated through the Pentair Rain Water Recycle System.

The 2019 Leadership Award recipients represent some of the best of USGBC’s nearly 10,000 member organizations, a network of committed professionals with more than 204,800 LEED credentials and community of local leaders across the United States and throughout the world. With more than 99,800 commercial projects and more than 159 cities and communities currently participating in LEED, space in all 50 states and 176 countries and territories, the efforts of the award recipients stand out as exceptional examples of sustainability leadership among a strong and growing network of projects, companies and individuals.

Introducing the Winners of the Ace of Spades Awards

The Ace of Spades Roping Club members and their families gathered at the Valley Cowboy Church on Sunday for their custom awards banquet.

After dinner, participation awards were given to 41 members. In order to receive a participation award, members must compete in four of the six fun nights throughout the summer.

Beautiful custom-made buckles by Tres Rios Silver were awarded to the All-Around and Runner Up Champion in each division. They are:

All-Around Champions for 2019:

Tiny Tot All Around: Rivers Koontz.

J1 All-Around Cowgirl: Trinity Ortiz.

J1 All-Around Cowboy: Ian Crouch.

Jr. All-Around Cowgirl: Jocelynn James.

Jr. All-Around Cowboy: Maverick Barratt.

Sr. All-Around Cowgirl: Hailey Davidson.

Sr. All-Around Cowboy: Riggin Dutton.

Runner-Up Champions for 2019:.

Tiny Tots: Braylin Barratt.

J1 Runner Up Cowgirl: Bristyl Barratt.

J1 Runner Up Cowboy: Spencer Mosher.

Jr. Runner Up Cowgirl: Jerni Hall.

Jr. Runner Up Cowboy: Rhett Dutton.

Sr. Runner Up Cowgirl: Chanlee Pennington.

Sr. Runner Up Cowboy: Kaden Maes

The group expressed its gratitude to the buckle sponsors who make it possible to award the beautiful Tres Rios buckles: Hauler Back Ag, Erickson Cattle Company, Painted Kokopelli Ranch, Chris and Kim Sherwood, T4 Cattle Company, Kevin and Rae Ann Waggoner, La Junta Mill, Colorado Vet, and Ace of Spades Roping Club.

This year the club added a new award, The Ace of Spades Spirit Award. This award will be given to the cowboy or cowgirl who has shown dedication, determination, kindness, improvement, and the cowboy/cowgirl spirit throughout the year; someone who is polite, respectful, helpful, and brings joy to others. This will be a yearly award and the winner will receive a custom-made Tres Rios buckle. Receiving the first Ace of Spades Spirit Award was Jozee Jackson.

Ace of Spades Fun Nights are held on Thursday evenings beginning the last Thursday of May. Six fun nights are held, concluding in late July. Each week is jack-potted with year-end buckles awarded to the all-arounds and runners-up in each division. Events are barrels, poles, flags, goat, breakaway roping, dally ribbon roping, and team roper (must rope with an adult.)

Officers of the club are Kevin Waggoner, president; Teresa Walz, vice president; Kim Sherwood, secretary/treasurer; Jackie Schiferl and Walter James, directors.

Kevin Feige from Marvel Studios Gets Honored at 45th Saturn Awards

Kevin Feige, the American film producer who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, was honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards. He was recognized for the wildly successful creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This universe has spanned over 23 films over 11 years, sharing multiple storylines and characters with fans from all over the globe.

His Acceptance Speech

Even though Feige was unable to attend, he took the time to honor someone else during his recorded speech. In a video message, the film producer said that he was humbled after accepting the Stan Lee Build award. This inaugural award is even more special because it was named after the late Marvel Comics mastermind, Stand Lee who died last November (2018). Feige paid homage to the trailblazer for jump-starting the Marvel legacy and called him a “genius” who was “enthused with humanity and kindness.”

About the Awards

Hosted by Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress and former co-host of The Talk, at the Avalon Hollywood venue in LA, the award show was simulcast on several platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel and Cinedigm’s CONtv. This is the first time that this awards show has been shown on multiple platforms simultaneously. Some of the winners of the night, included top names in the industry. Jamie Lee Curtis won for Best Actress in Halloween. Robert Downey Jr. won Best Actor for his role in Avengers: Endgame. Melissa Benoist accepted the Best Superhero Television Series on behalf of Supergirl. Westworld won the Best Science Fiction Television Series.

Who Else Was Honored?

In addition to Kevin Feige, Iron Man and Lion King director Jon Favereau and the Head of Television at Marvel Jeph Loeb were also awarded honorary awards for their achievements and contributions to the industry. Loeb received the Dan Curtis Legacy award for his work in genre television, and Favreau received the Saturn Visionary award for his accomplishments in modern cinema. During Favreau’s speech, he addressed the progression of sci-fi and fantasy genres as well as superhero films into the mainstream media. “When I was growing up, it was a small group in the lunchroom that liked that kind of stuff,” he said, discussing how much the industry has changed. Now, “horror, superheroes and sci-fi” are genres that keep the movie business afloat. Loeb spoke about his father’s influence on his creativity and career path, saying that his father, a stockbroker who he considered to be a mix between Indiana Jones and Jesse James, had “colorful stories of his workday” which inspired him to become a storyteller.

Avengers: Endgame Proves to Be a Winner

Feige’s custom award came at the right time. The much-anticipated sequel, the Avengers: Endgame broke records as the first film to pass $1 billion on an international level on opening weekend. The summer movie grossed $350 million in the U.S. and Canada and went on to excite moviegoers around the world. As the latest phase of the franchise, it has racked in many awards, including best comic-to-motion picture release.

VMA’s 2019 Winner Roundup

America’s top stars such as Taylor Swift and Lil Nas X performed live at the Video Music Awards on Monday night, wowing the audience and collecting awards to take home. Swift took home the trophy for Video of the Year, while Lil Nas X earned Song of the Year for his catchy number, “Old Town Road.”

With comedian Sebastian Maniscalco as the hosting personality, the awards were a hit. A throwback performance by Missy Elliott became the first female to receive the Video Vanguard award; her performance featured Alyson Stoner and was an overall success.

The debut Fashion Trailblazer award was earned by Marc Jacobs, whose unique runway shows and outstanding celebrity collaborations have made waves in the industry this year.

The musicians up for Artist of the Year included Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Halsey, The Jonas Brothers, Shawn Mendes, and the winner, Ariana Grande. Song of the Year nominees included “In My Feelings” by Drake, “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande, “Sucker” by The Jonas Brothers, “You Need to Calm Down” by Taylor Swift, “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and the winner, “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Other custom awards presented on Monday night included Best New Artist, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration, Best Power Anthem, Song of Summer, Best Group, Push Artist of the Year, Best Hip Hop, Best Pop, Best Dance, Best K-Pop, Best Latin, Best R&B, Best Rock, Video for Good, Best Direction, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography.

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie took home several awards including Best Rock and Best Visual Effects for his collaboration on Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down.” Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello’s collaboration on “Señorita” earned accolades for Best Collaboration and Best Cinematography. Billie Eilish took home awards for Best Editing and Push Artist of the Year.

The Song of Summer went to none other than Ariana Grande and Social House for “boyfriend.” The Best Power Anthem was awarded to Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign for “Hot Girl Summer.” Overall, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Brendon Urie, Billie Eilish, and Lil Nas X took home most of the Gold on Monday night.

Best K-Pop went to BTS featuring Halsey for “Boy With Luv.” The Jonas Brothers took home the Best Pop award for their hit song “Sucker.” Best Hip Hop went to Cardi B for “Money.” ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho took home the awards for Best Latin and Best Choreography, while Best Dance was awarded to The Chainsmokers ft. Bebe Rexha for “Call You Mine.”

Reasons to Give Employees Recognition Awards

Increasing employee morale and employee engagement almost has countless benefits for an organization. One quick way to increase employee morale and employee engagement is through recognizing stellar work and above-and-beyond performance.

Employees who receive timely recognition for their accomplishments will put in the extra mile, show up to work on time, and show significantly higher rates of loyalty to the company. No greater way to show appreciation than to gift employees recognition awards.

Employee Covers for Another

An employee who picks up the slack and puts in the extra hours should be recognized for his or her efforts. After all, a project doesn’t simply stop when one team member goes on vacation, gets sick, or decides to shift his attention elsewhere after the project has started.

Accepting someone else’s work responsibilities often means at least twice the work and extra correspondences. Employers should show that they recognize the effort. Failing to do so might result in otherwise hard-working, enthusiastic employees feeling dejected and underappreciated. You don’t want that!

Employee Volunteers for Extra Work

Another standout performance comes from an employee who volunteers to chip in on a project or stay a few hours extra one day for a last-second push on a particular project. Sometimes adversity separates the wheat from the chaff and the good employees from the truly stellar. That extra effort should be commended and recognized in a timely fashion.

Employee Takes the Lead

An employee who takes the lead without being asked to spearhead a particular project deserves to be acknowledged as well. When the employee defines a new task within a project that the employee’s requested and carves a new, useful path for the company, then that employee has shown himself to be a true leader. Recognition is justly deserved for such standout performance.

Employee Prevents Duplicate Work or Accident

Workplace accidents can cost employees potentially tens or hundreds of millions of dollars – an employee who spots a hazardous workplace condition should receive employee recognition.

Similarly, an employee who spots duplicate work, which would waste resources if undertaken, should be given formal recognition. After all, spotting hazardous conditions and duplicate work save the company money and shore up resources to accomplish even more important goals.

Employees are Nominated by Co-employees

Sometimes fellow employees have the best perspective to judge a truly exemplary effort. Employers might want to consider letting employees nominate each other for outstanding performance. One’s peers are often the most accurate judges of above-and-beyond effort from the trenches. Letting employees nominate each other also lends credibility and a democratic flavor to employee recognition.

Employee Consistently Burns the Midnight Oil

An employee who consistently puts in a few extra hours after work should be recognized for his or her extra effort. Although working overtime might not subjectively feel like “work” to an employee who’s completely absorbed in carrying out the job, that employee really is putting in an extra effort objectively for the company.

Recognition might not be expected by such an employee, but it will be well-received and set the right tone for other employees.