The reign of Beyoncé‘s LEMONADE album is continuing into television, as well.
The singer’s sixth studio album was accompanied by a visual element, much like its self-titled predecessor; but instead of premiering it on iTunes, some may remember that the first “taste” of LEMONADE came by way of her HBO special mini-movie.
The nominations for the 68th Annual Emmy Awards were released to the public today, and Beyonce’s LEMONADE special was included among the nominations.
The music-video-movie is nominated in four categories: Outstanding Variety Special; Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Event, or Award Special; Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming; and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special (which Bey was nominated with alongside LEMONADE’s co-director Kahlil Joseph.)
While the nominations are far from the first for Bey (her HBO “On The Run” Tour special was nominated for an Emmy in 2015) and likely won’t be her last, LEMONADE seems to stand a better chance than her concert special if only because of the music-video-movie’s lush imagery and storytelling. It faces stiff competition (The History Channel reboot of “Roots” and “The Wiz LIVE!” are each nominated in some of the same categories) but serves as another accolade to the already long list LEMONADE has acquired in 2016 so far.
The 68th Annual Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 18, on ABC.
–Words by Bradford Howard