The empowering video features a number of breathtaking outdoor visuals including Beyoncé dancing in the desert, standing in front of a gorgeous waterfall, being joined by her dancers in a lake surrounded by greenery. And later, at sunset, the stars leans against a tree with a beautiful mountain range in the background.
Clips from the new Lion King remake — some with Nala, the role that Beyoncé is lending her voice to in the live-action remake of the Disney classic — were also featured throughout the music video.
Though the scenery and animation were enough to keep viewers entertained, perhaps the most memorable part was in the beginning when Beyoncé was joined by her daughter and mini-me, Blue Ivy.
Nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.
Netflix’s “When They See Us” earned nods for outstanding limited series, as well as outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for Jharrel Jerome, and outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie nominations for Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis.
When They See Us’ earned an impressive sixteen Emmy nominations Tuesday.
Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” film has scored six Emmy nominations, while documentaries on Michael Jackson, R. Kelly and the disastrous Fyre Festival also picked up nominations.
With Netflix’s “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé,” the pop star personally earned four of the six nominations Tuesday, including bids for producing, writing, co-directing and musical direction. In the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category, “Homecoming” will compete with “Springsteen on Broadway.”
“Homecoming” also earned nominations for costumes and production design.
HBO’s “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary where two men accused Jackson of molesting them as boys that sparked new scrutiny of years-old claims that the King of Pop preyed on children, earned five nominations, including outstanding documentary or nonfiction special (Jackson’s estate denied the allegations and Jackson long maintained his innocence when he was alive).
Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” which looks at the R&B singer’s history and allegations that he has sexually abused women and girls, picked up a single nomination for outstanding informational series or special. Kelly, who was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, was hit with new criminal charges on the federal and state level following the airing of the docuseries.
Netflix’s “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” followed the highly publicized and famously failed music bash in the Bahamas and received four nominations. Another documentary on the doomed festival called “Fyre Fraud,” which aired on Hulu, is nominated for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program, where Showtime’s “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men” also earned a nomination.
Beyoncé called “The Lion King” album that she worked tirelessly to create “a love letter to Africa” and explained how she was able to evoke a new genre of music through soundscapes that paint a picture of what unfolds in the movie.
“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” Knowles-Carter told ABC News.
“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said, adding that they used “a lot” of drums and “incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America.”
The Beyoncé-produced-and-curated compilation album, “The Lion King: The Gift,” features global artists and is due out July 19, the same day the film hits theaters.
“We’ve kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack is the first soundtrack where it becomes visual in your in your mind,” she explained. “The soundscape is more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”
A complete track list:
Beyoncé: “Bigger” Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” Tekno / Yemi Alade / Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me” Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E” Beyoncé / Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile” Beyoncé / JAY-Z / Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva” Salatiel / Pharrell / Beyoncé: “Water” Blue Ivy Carter / SAINt JHN / WizKid / Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl” Tiwa Savage / Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom” Beyoncé: “Otherside” Beyoncé / Shatta Wale: “Already” Tierra Whack / Beyoncé / Busiswa / Yemi Alade / Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power” 070 Shake / Jessie Reyez: “Scar” Beyoncé: “Spirit”
Two royal couples showed up at “The Lion King” premiere on Sunday. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended the European premiere of the movie in London.
According to reports, Meghan and Harry exchanged hugs with Beyoncé (who voices an adult Nala in the Disney movie) and Jay-Z as well as Elton John, Pharrell Williams and director Jon Favreau after walking the gold carpet.
What exactly did Beyoncé and Meghan Markle discuss? Their children, of course. Thesinger reportedly told the duchess that baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is “so beautiful.” Meanwhile, Harry inquired why the Carters’ children Blue Ivy, 7, and 2-year-old twins Sir and Rumi skipped the big night.
Beyoncé is the executive producer of The Lion King: The Gift album, a musical ode to the classic story of Disney’s “The Lion King” feature film. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film includes the new original song, “Spirit,” performed by Beyoncé. The Lion King: The Gift album is set for release on July 19.
The powerful track, “Spirit,” appears in the film, during a pivotal scene with Beyoncé’s character, Nala and appears on the Walt Disney Records original motion picture soundtrack and on The Lion King: The Gift album from Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The song, available globally later tonight, was written for the film by IIya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie and Beyoncé and is produced by Beyoncé and IIya and Labrinth. https://smarturl.it/beyoncespirit
With The Lion King: The Gift album, Beyoncé curated a masterful recording, a robust soundscape bringing together some of her favorite artists with the most talented and important African artists of the day to both pay tribute to the iconic film and bring the authentic sounds of African music to the world.
Earlier today Nicki Minaj went on a mild rant about her success as a female rapper, her come up, and the homage she paid to those who paved the way for her.
Nicki started off with the post below where she speaks on up and coming rappers “pretending” not to be influenced by those who came before them. She shouted out some current female rappers who have always shown her love including Trina, Kash Doll,Saweetie, Young MA and Megan Thee Stallion and more.
12 years ago I dropped my 1st mixtape. Wrote every single word on every single song. I was so proud of that. Eventually the barbz were all wearing pink hair, Chinese bangs, & Barbie chains. Colorful wigs came all the way back in style. Everyone became Barbies & Dolls. I always shouted out my influences in my interviews. Now a days, it’s become cool to pretend u weren’t influenced by other artists. S/O to the ones big enough to do it: Kash, Asian, Cuban, Saweetie, Meg, Malibu, YOUNG MA, Ms. Banks, Lady Leshurr, etc. No female rapper (other than Trina) did a song w/me or congratulated me on my billboard accomplishments. I didn’t mind. I never felt they were obligated to do so. Just like Beyoncé isn’t obligated to congratulate or collaborate with Normani, etc. — I never had a crusade by radio stations, influencers & blogs to make my song number 1 when Anaconda was #2 on the Hot 100. I never had a group of men in the studio writing my songs for me so it took a while between albums. Please stop these write ups about what I didn’t do. Y’all are rlly sick & ima call y’all out one by one on Queen Radio. Most of yall doing these write ups have never fought for anything in life. You just sit on the sidelines & watch the doers do!!!! To my fans; I love, cherish you, adore you, and thank you. God bless you.