When you’re an artist, you want to be the best.
So you might want to keep your career at arm’s length.
But what if you’re the first to be nominated for an award for your art?
That’s what happened when Billboard’s 2017 Best Hip-hop Artist of The Year went to black singer Blind Contour drawing.
Contour, whose debut single, “Dangerous,” won Best Rap Performance at the 2016 BET Awards, was nominated for the award in 2018.
But the two songs didn’t match up on the ballot and Contour’s nomination didn’t go to her.
“It’s been a long road for me, to finally get this nomination and I’m just grateful for all the people that have been so kind and kind to me,” Contour told The Washington Press Club in a phone interview.
“I’m just really grateful to be recognized, to be acknowledged and I can’t wait to share my music with the world.”
Contour has been performing as Blind Contours for the past 10 years.
She’s a singer-songwriter who has been touring internationally since 2010.
She first made her name as a member of the Black Panther Party, the first national black political organization to emerge from the civil rights movement.
She was the face of the party’s black music during the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
“There’s no other word to describe my heart,” Contours said of her inspiration to begin her career.
“This is who I am.”
Blind Contouring performs at a benefit concert for Black Lives Matter at the Capitol on Feb. 7, 2018 in Washington, DC.
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images) In the same interview, Contour also said she’s proud to be black.
“The first time I ever saw a black face, I was five years old,” she said.
“That was a big revelation for me.”
She said she feels “a deep connection” with her audience.
“If you look at my music, you can feel that I am there,” she told the press club.
“And so I feel like I can share my journey and my story, and I feel that my music is empowering for people.”
Contours first released her debut single “Dangers” in 2014 and released a second song, “My Life” in March of this year.
“My life is a story of how my parents lost everything, the loss of my mother, my dad, my siblings, my husband and the people who have helped me, who are my friends,” Contouring told the Press Club.
“But what’s also important to me is that it’s a story about how we can be free and equal.”
Blind contours “Deeds of the Negro” is out now on Atlantic Records.
For more music news, follow us on Twitter @News_About_Blackness.