When Beyonce premiered her visual album Lemonade, it seemed like people flocked to HBO in droves to see the masterpiece that the entertainer created. The hour-long film started trending immediately, but does this mean Beyonce’s Lemonade is eligible for an Emmy award? It looks like it is!
According to Variety, HBO plans to submit the one-hour feature film by Beyonce for an Emmy consideration. When HBO submits Beyonce’s Lemonade, it will go under the variety special category. The Emmys are slated for September 18, and the nominations will be announced on July 14. If Beyonce is nominated, this will be her second Emmy nomination. Her first was in 2015 for Outstanding Special Class Program: On the Run HBO tour special with husband Jay Z.
Although Beyonce may hear her name when the nominees are read, it doesn’t mean that Lemonade is a ratings success. Although Beyonce’s Lemonade started to trend immediately on Twitter, and the internet seemed to explode with joy for the content, the ratings weren’t stellar. According to Perez Hilton, while the drama was excellent, the ratings weren’t as high as HBO expected. It’s said that the special didn’t reach one million viewers. Lemonade had a 0.41 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That said, Beyonce had some competition given that she went up against the NBA playoffs on ESPN.
Lemonade wasn’t the ratings juggernaut that HBO expected it to be, but Beyonce is still supreme on the music charts. According to Billboard, Beyonce is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. Billboard reported the hypothetical numbers so far. The outlet said Lemonade “could sell around 450,000 copies (or more) in the week ending April 28, and earn 550,000 equivalent album units. If it starts at No. 1, it will give Beyonce her sixth chart-topper, and continue her hot streak atop the Billboard 200: all five of her previous studio albums have debuted at No. 1.”
Beyonce’s first No. 1 as a solo artist was in 2003 with Dangerously In Love. It was her first solo album. Other No. 1 albums followed including, B’Day which was released in 2006, I Am..Sasha Fierce from 2008, 4 released in 2011, and Beyonce, her first visual album, released in 2013.
— SPIN (@SPINmagazine) April 27, 2016
Back in 2013, Beyonce broke a record by selling 828,773 copies of her album Beyonce in just three days. This marked the largest digital debut of its time. Beyonce held this record until 2015 when singer Adele released her record 25, which sold 900,000 on iTunes in a single day.
Critically speaking, Lemonade has been a huge hit. The Hollywood Reporter called the album “a revolutionary work of black feminism.” THR went on to say in their critical assessment.
“What’s most revolutionary and cathartic about Lemonade, though, is that it dares to make a new canon, finding references in the unphotographed past and future simultaneously, a land of no men. “F**k you, I’ll build anew,” Beyonce seems to say with this daring and necessary work.”
As The Inquisitr reported, although most of the album’s contents seem to take jabs at Jay Z for allegedly cheating, he is Beyonce’s biggest supporter. A source told E! about Jay Z’s feelings on Lemonade.
“He is fully supportive. He understands the reasoning. This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.”
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) April 27, 2016
“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release. He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. Jay is a very smart businessman.”
For a full day, Lemonade was only available for stream and purchase on Jay Z’s music service Tidal before it was released to other digital outlets.
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