Lots of musical artists cross over into different mediums and rack up awards like Golden Globes, Oscars and Tonys, but how many singers do you know have earned a Peabody? None? Well, you do now. Beyonce nabbed the prestigious honor that recognizes meritorious public service by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals, this year thanks to her most recent visual album Lemonade.
Here is the citation that the was given to Beyonce’s work.
“‘Lemonade’ draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. 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.”
Another recipient this year of a Peabody was Donald Glover for his FX series Atlanta, which the organization described as an, “enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta’s rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city.”
The Peabody ceremony will take place on on May 20 in New York. It’s being hosted this year by Angie Tribeca star Rashda Jones.