There's no area of the entertainment industry that Queen Bey can't touch. Sure, we can always expect her to kill it at music awards shows like the Grammys, the VMAs, the Billboard Music Awards... you get the idea. And, although acting isn't generally her focus, she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe a decade ago thanks to her amazing performance in Dreamgirls. But, since there's nothing she can't do, Beyoncé's Lemonade is nominated for four 2016 Emmy Awards. I know her schedule is jam-packed and all, but is there any chance that Beyoncé will be at the Emmys? Update: According to this alleged Emmys seating chart photo, Beyoncé will be at the Emmys this year.
Earlier: There's no official confirmation either way, but three out of four of Queen Bey's awards were already handed out at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 11 — and, shockingly enough, Lemonade struck out. It was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special; Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction Event or Award Special; and Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
It's undoubtedly surprising that she didn't win an Emmy, but Lemonade was beat out by the likes of James Corden’s The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special (yes, really), Portlandia, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver — and this definitely indicates that Emmy voters are way more focused on full TV series rather than music specials. For example, another hugely popular artist, Adele, was also nominated in the Outstanding Variety Special category for Adele Live From New York City and she, too, was shut out. But, we don't need to despair just yet — the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special will be announced on Sept. 18 and we can keep our fingers crossed that Beyoncé will make an appearance to potentially collect her award in person and (*fingers crossed*) even bless us with a live performance.
In fact, a July report from The Wrap suggested that a performance from Queen Bey is not out of the question — but the outlet noted that her spokesperson hadn't returned a request for comment regarding a potential performance. If she does attend, it will be Beyoncé's first time at the Emmys. And, conveniently enough, she doesn't have a Formation World Tour concert on Sept. 18, but she is performing in Santa Clara, CA on Sept. 17, so Beyoncé will be in relatively close proximity to the Microsoft Theater on Emmy weekend.
Plus, her nomination is kind of a big deal. Sure, Beyoncé faces some stiff competition — the 58th Grammy Awards, Adele Live in New York City, Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo, Grease: Live, and The Kennedy Center Honors are nominated in the same category — but the reason her nomination is so important is because Bey herself directed Lemonade (along with Kahlil Joseph). In contrast, Beth McCarthy-Miller directed Adele Live in New York City and Chris Rock directed Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo — so, if Schumer or Adele were to win, they wouldn't be collecting the awards themselves. The fact that Beyoncé directed and performed her own special is another reminder of why she's such an important, powerful figure in the entertainment industry.
So, although an appearance from Queen Bey is not a definite, it would be the best surprise possible — especially if she takes the stage to perform a song from Lemonade.