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A Webcam Just Won An Emmy Over Beyoncé

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These days you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like Beyoncé, but apparently the small minority of non-stans showed themselves at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys this weekend. Beyoncé’s standout Netflix documentary Homecoming, which chronicled the singer’s performance and preparation for her 2018 Coachella performance, was nominated for six awards and got beat out in every category. However, The Hive has taken particular offense at Beyoncé’s loss to James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke in the Best Variety Special Category.

Critics, including one of Beyoncé’s cameramen, were quick to notice the disparity in complexity and effort the two special’s required. Carpool Karaoke’s feature The Late Late Show host James Corden driving around with a musician, rocking out to their greatest hits. The segments run around 15 minutes. Homecoming, on the other hand, took significantly more preparation. Leading up to her Coachella performance—Beyoncé’s first after giving birth to twins and endured an extremely difficult pregnancy—Beyoncé started rehearsing eight months in advance, adopting a highly restrictive diet to get her body back in shape. A famous workaholic, the singer even admitted, “I will never never push myself that far again."

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This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been snubbed by an award show. She lost out on Album Of The Year at the Grammy’s twice—once to Beck in 2015 and then to Adele in 2017. Some fans attribute Beyoncé’s losing streak in spite of her undeniable cultural impact to her race and gender.

Though Beyoncé may not be any closer to getting an EGOT, her loss this weekend poses no threat to her reputation as one of the greatest artists of all time. The visual power and uplifting message in her work, particularly for Black women, has undeniably changed the way we consumer culture. And, at risk of being cheesy, isn’t that really the greatest award of all?

Photograph from Homecoming album

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Sophie Hayssen is a blog and newsletter editor at BUST. Her work has appeared in Rookie, Teen Vogue, and Women's Media Center. She is a born-and-raised New Yorker who currently lives in Brooklyn. You can find more of her work here.

 

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