Singer Beyonce places her hand on her belly as she poses at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in this August 28, 2011 file photo. Beyonce has given birth to a baby girl in New York, media outlets reported on January 8, 2012. The first child of the singing star, 30, and rap mogul husband Jay-Z, 42, whose real name is Shawn Carter, was delivered late Saturday in a private wing of Lenox Hill Hospital, according to the New York Daily News and others. - Reuters Photo

NEW YORK: Beyonce is accustomed to getting awards for writing songs, but now she's earned one for writing a magazine piece.       

The New York chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists will award Beyonce the first-place prize in arts and entertainment in its magazine category for a story she wrote for Essence magazine.

The first-person piece was titled ''Eat, Play, Love'' and appeared in the magazine's July 2011 issue. In it, the Grammy winner talks about how taking a break from music changed her life.

Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z had their first child, daughter Blue Ivy, in January. She released her fourth solo album, ''4,'' last year.

The singer will receive the journalism honor at the association's Scholarship and Awards Banquet on May 15 in New York.

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