Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Picks Up 4 Emmy Nominations
The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming during the last year, will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
The eagerly awaited ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and the nominees were announced by Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham on July 14, 2016 live on the Emmy website. A few music-related entities are among the potential honorees, such as Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon character from Fox hit Empire, or Broadway star Audra McDonald as Billie Holliday in HBO film Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, not mentioning Beyonce’s HBO special/”visual album” Lemonade.
The film, which premiered on HBO in April and preceded the release of Queen Bey’s latest album (also titled “Lemonade”), was, however, nominated four times. First, in the category Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special; second, Beyonce herself, alongside director Kahlil Joseph, are nominated in the Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special category; third, editor Bill Yukich is up for Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming, against episodes of Drunk History, Conan, Key & Peele and Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver. And finally, Lemonade as a whole has been nominated in the Outstanding Variety Special category, up against live specials from Adele and Amy Schumer, The Kennedy Center Honors broadcast and The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special.
Lemonade is filled to the brim with bitterness, revenge, betrayal and heartbreak through the lens of black womanhood, it shares the deeply personal story of a scorned lover who was cheated on but ultimately finds a way to forgive her man. The film celebrates the female body in all its forms and shows how rage can turn to redemption.
This isn’t the first time one of Beyonce’s projects has been nominated for an Emmy. On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z was up for Outstanding Special Class Program in 2015, and her Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show in 2013 was also up for Outstanding Special Class.