Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds on What He'd Tell Beyoncé If She's Upset about 'Spirit' Oscars Snub

Babyface says he wouldn't know if Beyonce would be upset about her Oscars snub but explains it's just not her time. The Grammy-award winner also opens up about the singer he's not surprised got an Oscars nod instead.

Should Beyonce need to talk after her disappointing Oscars snub, Babyface has some words of wisdom for her. The singer/songwriter revealed his thoughts about the snub in reference to his knowledge of Beyonce while working with her.

Babyface during a portrait session in 1992. | Photo: Getty Images

Babyface during a portrait session in 1992. | Photo: Getty Images

WHY BABYFACE THINKS OF BEYONCE'S OSCARS SNUB

When the list of Oscar nominees was released, fans of Beyonce were stunned to learn their idol’s song, “Spirit” from “The Lion King” soundtrack wasn’t there. They expected it to be a major contender for Original Song. Unlike Beyonce’s fans, Babyface thinks the concert star wouldn’t be upset and he reveals why.

An experienced Grammy awardee, Babyface knows a thing or two about how nominees are picked. He says sometimes you get picked because you are somebody and sometimes you're chosen because you’re not.

Babyface has worked with Beyonce countless of times to know that the Oscars snub wouldn’t affect her. “I don’t know that she’d be upset,” the “When Can I See You” singer told Hollywood Life judging from his working relationship with Beyonce.

Babyface sings to Beyonce during a tribute for Destiny's Child in 2005. | Photo: Getty Images

Babyface sings to Beyonce during a tribute for Destiny's Child in 2005. | Photo: Getty Images

The two collaborated in writing some of Beyonce’s tracks including “Best Thing I Never Had” and “Broken Hearted Girl.” And Babyface thinks that as much as everyone believes Beyonce deserved an Academy Awards nod, 2020 was just not her time. He said,

“You always want something but there are always so many people that go for it at different times and so, it’s just not your time.”

The singer adds that he’s not sure if Beyonce is even chasing after the nomination but advises, “You just can’t let it get to you.”

Beyonce Knowles-Carter at the European premiere of Disney's "The Lion King." | Photo: Getty Images

Beyonce Knowles-Carter at the European premiere of Disney's "The Lion King." | Photo: Getty Images

THE OSCAR NOMINEE THAT DOESN'T SURPRISE HIM 

An experienced Grammy awardee, Babyface knows a thing or two about how nominees are picked. He says sometimes you get picked because you are somebody and sometimes you're chosen because you’re not.

One of the singers, though, that he isn’t surprised was given a nod in this year’s Oscars is Elton John. The seasoned performer was nominated for Best Original Song for  “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from his biopic, “Rocketman.” Ironically, Elton won an Oscar for his rendition of the 1994 "The Lion King" hit, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”

Elton John receiving the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award at Harvard University. | Photo: Getty Images

Elton John receiving the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award at Harvard University. | Photo: Getty Images

“He’s kind of a favorite,” Babyface says of his lack of surprise. “He’s an Oscar winner so [they] have a tendency to go down that road.”

Other contenders for Original Song race included “Frozen 2”’s "Into the Unknown”, “Toy Story 2”’s  "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Breakthrough”’s “I’m Standing With You,” and “Harriet”’s “Stand Up.”

Jennifer Lopez visiting "AT&T On Location" during the Toronto Film Festival in September 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez visiting "AT&T On Location" during the Toronto Film Festival in September 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

ANOTHER FAMOUS STAR IS SNUBBED AT THE OSCARS

Beyonce isn’t the only singing superstar who was snubbed by the Oscars. Jennifer Lopez didn’t get a nod for her critically acclaimed work on “The Hustlers.” Like Beyonce, she was recognized in other award-giving bodies like the recently concluded Golden Globe Awards but not the much-coveted Academy Awards.

Other stars who were snubbed at the Oscars include Critics Choice nominee Adam Sandler, SAG Award nominee Lupita Nyong’o, Golden Globe winners Taron Egerton and Awkafina, and Golden Globe nominee Eddie Murphy. 

Judging from this list, we're thinking Beyonce is in good company and should find no reason to be upset over a mere Oscars snub. She is a winner in our hearts and that's all that really matters. The Beyhive will certainly agree.

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