Just shy of a year ago, Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, her surprise album that took the world by storm when the conceptual short-film-meets-music-video premiered on HBO. The Houston native continues to garner praise for her powerful work, with Rolling Stone aptly noting that the album was a "welcome reminder that giants still walk among us." The prestigious Peabody Awards also noticed, awarding their coveted prize to Queen Bey this week.
"Lemonade draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation," the organization shared in a statement. "The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture."
Beyoncé's win is one of seven awards in the entertainment category for the 76th annual Peabody Awards, which will be hosted by Rashida Jones on May 20 in New York City and airs June 2 on PBS and Fusion. The organization recognizes excellence in television, radio and digital broadcasting, with Atlanta, Better Things, Happy Valley, Horace and Pete, National Treasure and VEEP also joining Bey in the winners' circle.
Many fans and critics are saying the recognition is long overdue since Beyoncé was snubbed Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards in February. Even Adele, who took home the coveted gramophone statue, gushed over Beyoncé after winning the award.
"I spoke to her before just to let her know how honored and privileged I felt to be nominated alongside her, and we spoke afterward as well and she was very gracious and humble, as always, as we've come to expect," she shared with reporters. "And the reason I felt the need to say something is because my album of the year is Lemonade. She is my icon of my whole life." What Adele said.
But that's over now—go on and take your bow, Beyoncé.