On Saturday, Beyoncé dropped “Lemonade,” a visual album that’s winning praise for its provocative lyrics, powerful political commentary, unapologetic black feminism, catchy as hell tracks, heady symbolism, and visually stunning filmmaking. How to process such a mind-blowing work is something we’re all still working out, through reviews, think pieces, and many many memes. Simply put, Bey has raised the bar. And HBO has come up with a way she might be better celebrated for doing so.
Variety reports HBO, which screened “Lemonade” on Sunday night and made the 57-minute film available on their streaming platforms for 27 hours, will be submitting Beyoncé’s masterwork for Emmy consideration. What Emmy category could possibly contain something as groundbreaking and glorious as “Lemonade”? Variety special, the category long dominated by late night TV shows like Late Show With David Letterman and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. (Tough times, Trevor Noah.)
20-time Grammy winner Beyoncé has been twice nominated for Emmys in the past, once for her Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show in 2013 and for the her team-up with husband Jay Z in the “On the Run Tour” concert special. But with boundary-smashing “Lemonade,” we’re thinking she’s got to be a lock for a win this time. Now, all she needs to do is transform “Lemonade” into a Broadway show and put her next visual album out in theaters. Right?
Get your EGOT, girl.
Kristy Puchko lives in
perpetual fear that ice cream will become self-aware New York City.