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Artist Behind Meghan Markle Portrait Shares Reaction To Beyonce And Jay Z Homage

"If they can now put my piece in the Louvre, I’ll call it even," Brooklyn artist Tim O'Brien said. 

Beyonce and Jay-Z's big win at the 2019 BRIT awards was shared with a special portrait of Meghan Markle and it's creator Tim O'Brien.

Speaking to Haper's Bazaar Thursday (Feb. 21), O'Brien explained how he didn't even know his portrait of the Royal Duchess of Sussex would be featured in The Carter's acceptance video and the portrait's origins. O'Brien created the oil painting for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority magazine The Key, for their soro, Meghan Markle. The issue dropped in Summer 2018.

"This was a collaboration and we worked together closely on the image and all the tiny details specific to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority," he explained. "I think she’s lovely and I wanted her to look regal, like a classic portrait, even trying to achieve an aged feel to the color of the piece."

Beyonce and Jay- Z were rightfully in awe of the painting. So much so, they featured it in their acceptance video when they took home the award for Best International Group at the 2019 BRIT awards for their joint album, Everything Is Love.

"Thank you so much to the BRIT awards for this incredible honor, you guys have been so supportive. Everything is Love. Thank you," Beyonce said graciously before the "4:44" rapper added his two cents saying, "You're welcome."

O'Brien, added he "did not know" that the Carters were going to use his painting, "but if they can now put my piece in the Louvre, I’ll call it even," he told the publication. O'Brien has used his talents to cover magazines like TIME, The Smithsonian and Texas Monthly. He also has made a portrait of Beyonce, herself.

 

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So this happened today.

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Bill Withers, an acclaimed vocalist known for songs like "Lean On Me," "Lovely Day," and "Grandma's Hands," passed away from heart complications on Monday (March 30). He was 81.

With a legendary pen that wrote three Grammy Awards, an NAACP Image Award, and an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award into his trophy case, Withers’ melodies served as the soundtrack for many listeners across generational lines. The Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee was later bestowed with the title of a soul legend by the masses given his striking lyrics.

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One day I will play this song again because it IS a lovely day. For now, Rest In Peace dear man. Your music cheered my heart and soothed my soul. https://t.co/wdqebBRFkW

— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) April 3, 2020

Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 3, 2020

 

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Rest well Bill Withers.

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Bill Withers was part of the soundtrack to Saturday mornings when it was time to clean the house. I know my mom is crushed right now. 😔

So many positive childhood memories. #billwithers

— sheena. (@raneehs) April 3, 2020

The world lost a legend. Soul singer Bill Withers' song Grandma's Hands is one of my favorites and reminds me of my grandmother and so many other mother-figures in my life.

Let's all continue to live by his cherished lyrics during these times and lean on each other.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 3, 2020

will miss bill withers’ sweet baritone. growing up, my family spent many a sunday morning getting ready for church listening to his music. his music is as familiar to me as buster brown shoes and bacon frying in a casket iron skillet. gah, we lost a good one!

— jaredmichaelowe (@jaredmichaelowe) April 3, 2020

 

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2020 has been awful to us. #RIP Bill Withers. I’m going to be listening to his music all day. If you are unaware of just how important Bill Withers is to hiphop, google “Who sampled Bill Withers.” If you are unaware of how important Bill Withers is to music and to our culture, watch the Still Bill documentary. Keep your loved ones in your heart, always.

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#LeanOnMe was the first song i sang in school choir. it introduced me to the heartbeat of my own grandparents. rest dear #billwithers and thank you for the gift of so much peace. https://t.co/YSQujz5hDj

— mobrowne (@mobrowne) April 3, 2020

My heart is demolished . 💔💔💔 I loved Bill Withers like a father. I promised Bill last time we spoke I would always look out for his son Todd-who has autism.🙏🏽

My deepest heartfelt condolences to his beautiful wife Marcia, Kori and of course Todd.

I HATE 2020. I swear 😞 pic.twitter.com/VKdH1Ou011

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 3, 2020

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— Diana Armstrong (@SimbaFiasco_) April 3, 2020

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— Keary Colbert (@kearycolbert) April 3, 2020

Ain’t No Sunshine is forever one of my favorite songs. It has such a special place in me and my brother’s heart. Sleep in power, Bill Withers.

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RIP to this National Treasure .. Bill Withers 🙏🏾😪 pic.twitter.com/NoMj2fiM3T

— Kaelynn KK Harris (@kaelynnharris) April 3, 2020

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— Effortless Beauty ♊ (@ladybear83) April 3, 2020

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#RIPBillWithers Class, class and more class. https://t.co/nmdufDEpFP

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) April 3, 2020

Ask any songwriter in the world and they will tell you Bill Withers was a genius whose life's work was a gift. Rest in peace. You are beloved.pic.twitter.com/3rbXxVs7jt

— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) April 3, 2020

“He’s the last African-American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”

— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@DLamontJenkins) April 3, 2020

Bill Withers. RIP. Thanks for all the magic.

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— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) April 3, 2020

Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength. My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place. You're still & always will be Bill. pic.twitter.com/mkpcSBfuZv

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