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Beyoncé Wins Seven NAACP Image Awards

February 22, 2020

The winners of the 51st NAACP Image Awards were announced yesterday and Beyonce won in a total of seven categories!

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album - "The Lion King: The Gift"
Outstanding Variety (Series or Special) - "Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé"
Outstanding Song - Traditional - "Spirit"
Outstanding Album - "Homecoming: The Live Album"
Outstanding Song - Contemporary - "Before I Let Go"
Outstanding Female Artist
Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration - "Brown Skin Girl"

The show will air live on BET on February 22 at 8/7c.

Beyoncé Wins at the 2020 Grammy Awards

January 27, 2020

Beyoncé has won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Music Film for her Netflix documentary HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyoncé. The film, which captures her iconic 2018 Coachella performance, beat out the Miles Davis film Birth of the Cool, the David Crosby documentary Remember My Name, the Rick Rubin documentary series Shangri-La, and Thom Yorke’s ANIMA. Congratulations!

Beyoncé Leads Music Nominees Slate for 2020 NAACP Image Awards

January 11, 2020

Beyoncé claims honor as the top music nominee for the 51st NAACP Image Awards with eight nominations. The two-hour ceremony will air live for the first time via BET Networks on Feb. 22 (8 pm. ET).

Beyoncé netted six music category nominations, including outstanding album (Homecoming: The Live Album), outstanding female artist, outstanding song-traditional (“Spirit”), outstanding song-contemporary (“Before I Let Go”), outstanding duo, group or collaboration (“Brown Skin Girl” featuring Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN & WizKid) and outstanding soundtrack/compilation album (The Lion King: The Gift). Her work also earned two additional nods for outstanding variety show-series or special and outstanding documentary-television (both for Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé),

Beyoncé Is One Step Closer to Earning Her First Oscars Nomination

December 17, 2019

After accruing a whopping 23 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé is one step closer to adding an Oscar win to her list.

On Monday, Dec. 16, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in nine categories, including Music (Original Song). Queen Bey was nominated for her song "Spirit" from The Lion King.

According to a press release from The Academy, the 300-member music brand chose 15 songs from 75 entered. The list will be trimmed down to five when voting for the nominations begins Jan. 2. Nominees will be announced Jan. 13.

Beyonce Among 2020 Golden Globe Best Song Nominees

December 9, 2019

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is ending the decade on a high note as best original song nominee for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. She is nominated for the song "Spirit," from The Lion King, alongside Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The Lion King is also nominated for best animated motion picture.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 5, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Spirit,” “The Lion King”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Lion King”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

"Spirit" Nominated at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards

December 9, 2019

The Lion King has been nominated in two categories for the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Song for Beyonce's "Spirit". The winners will be revealed at the gala, which will be broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

Best Song
“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – Wild Rose
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Speechless” – Aladdin
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

Best Visual Effects
1917
Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

"Homecoming" Wins at 2019 IDA Documentary Awards

December 9, 2019

The International Documentary Association's 2019 awards took place Saturday night at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Netflix's Beyoncé concert film Homecoming won in the Best Music Documentary category. Congrats!

Best Music Documentary
Amazing Grace
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (winner)
The Apollo
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

Beyonce Wins at 2019 National Film & TV Awards

December 6, 2019

The 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards took place on Tuesday in Los Angeles. This year’s instalment saw Beyonce’s turn as Nala in ‘The Lion King’ honored with the award for Best Performance in an Animated Movie. Congrats!

Beyonce Nominated at the 2020 Grammy Awards

November 20, 2019

Nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards were just announced and Beyonce is up for four awards! The winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Spirit" — Beyoncé
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
"You Need to Calm Down" — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album
"The Lion King: The Gift" — Beyoncé
"When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" — Billie Eilish
"Thank U, Next" — Ariana Grande
"No. 6 Collaborations Project" — Ed Sheeran
"Lover" — Taylor Swift

Beyonce nominated at the 2019 National Film & TV Awards

November 16, 2019

The National Film Academy based in the UK returns to the US with the second instalment of the prestigious annual National Film & TV Awards .

The National Film Academy produces the National Film Awards UK which is one of Europe’s leading awards ceremony for motion picture. Now in its 6th year, the Academy last year launched the US version of the successful British awards in Los Angeles and last month it announced the return for its second US instalment with official nominations for this year’s much anticipated 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards.

Over 1.2 million television and film fans including academy members in Europe, Asia and North America submitted their nominations in the respected categories and public voting is set to commence until the 21st of November 2019 at www.nationalfilmandtvawards/voting.

The prestigious 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards is set to take place at the Globe Theatre, in Los Angeles on the 3rd of December 2019.

Check out Beyonce's nominations below and make sure to vote!

Beyoncé Wins at the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards

November 11, 2019

The 45th People's Choice Awards were held last night in Santa Monica, California. Beyoncé won The Animated Movie Star of 2019 for her voice acting in The Lion King. She was nominated alongside America Ferrera (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World), Tom Hanks (Toy Story 4), Kevin Hart (The Secret Life of Pets 2), Ryan Reynolds (Pokémon Detective Pikachu), Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part), Tiffany Haddish (The Secret Life of Pets 2) and Awkwafina (The Angry Birds Movie 2). Congrats!

Beyoncé Reportedly Shoots "Brown Skin Girl" Video in London

November 3, 2019

Beyoncé is set to revisit her The Lion King: The Gift album with a music video for “Brown Skin Girl,” which is being filmed on various south London estates.

The album was released this past summer, but now the song will be treated as a single, according to the Daily Mail. Filming is taking place in both Catford and Thamesmead, along with members of the superstar’s team being seen near the HM Prison Thameside on Thursday.

The LEMONADE singer’s casting team is requesting “black and brown people of different cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, genders and ages” in London to come forward for the video.

A source also detailed to the Daily Mail Beyoncé’s wish to have the video “truly represent the essence of the song” and to have “normal people step forward and tell their stories” despite having name-dropped iconic figures like Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o in the lyrics.

Additional requests for people include different family structures, citing a request for blended, single parent, queer and adopted families. The video will also have a focus on a variety of body shapes and ages. The age range is stated to be girls as young as six months all the way to elderly women.

The video is set to be directed by Jean Nkiru, who worked on The Carters “APESH**T” video. “Brown Skin Girl” features Saint Jhn, Wizkid and Beyoncé’s own daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Gallery Update

October 28, 2019

I updated our photo gallery with some older photos.

"Homecoming" Leads Broadcast Nominations for 2020 Cinema Eye Honors

October 25, 2019

Cinema Eye Honors kicked off its 2020 season today with the first awards announcements of its 13th year recognizing artistry and innovation in nonfiction filmmaking. Underlining its ongoing commitment to filmmaking craft and recognizing the artisans essential to nonfiction cinema, Cinema Eye announced nominees for two new awards: Outstanding Achievement in Editing for a Broadcast Film or Series and Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Broadcast Film or Series.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s Homecoming, her Netflix concert film/tribute to Historic Black Colleges and Universities, led the Broadcast honorees with 3 nominations: Broadcast Film, Broadcast Editing and Broadcast Cinematography:

Broadcast Film
Apollo: Mission to the Moon (Directed by Tom Jennings | National Geographic)
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (Directed by Erin Lee Carr | HBO)
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (Directed by Jonathan Alter, Steven McCarthy and John Block | HBO)
Homecoming (Directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter | Netflix)
Leaving Neverland (Directed by Dan Reed | HBO)
The Sentence (Directed by Rudy Valdez | HBO)

Beyoncé Wins 2 BreakTudo Awards

October 22, 2019

The 2019 BreakTudo Awards were held on Sunday, October 20 in São Paulo, Brazil. Beyoncé was nominated in two categories and won both awards - Album of the Year for "Homecoming: The Live Album" and Best Soundtrack Song for "Spirit" from The Lion King. Congrats!

Parkwood Entertainment's COO Steve Pamon's Interview for Billboard

October 18, 2019

Parkwood Entertainment president/COO Steve Pamon and his boss, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, lead Billboard’s annual list of the most influential executives and creatives in R&B and hip-hop.

Executives Of The Year
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Chairman/CEO, Parkwood Entertainment
Steve Pamon
President/COO, Parkwood Entertainment

"Speaking of the Queen. She just called.” The words, spoken by Parkwood Entertainment’s head of public relations, Yvette Noel-Schure, stop Steve Pamon midsentence as he sits on a chair in the company’s midtown Manhattan offices. “Does she need me?” he asks. “No, no. She’s good. She’s good,” Noel-Schure replies. Pamon, who’s wearing a white T-shirt beneath a navy blue suit offset by a red-white-and-blue stripe on the sleeves and pant legs, relaxes into the chair and resumes speaking about his boss and their company -- that would be Beyoncé, “B,” as Pamon, 49, often calls her, and Parkwood Entertainment -- and the milestones of the 12 or so preceding months that have earned them Billboard’s 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Executives of the Year honors.

Beyonce's submissions for the 2020 Grammy Awards

September 28, 2019

Beyonce's submissions for the 2020 Grammy Awards have been revealed! See below.

Homecoming: Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Film
Spirit: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Music Video
Mood 4 Eva: Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Rap Song
Before I Let Go: Best R&B Performance
Brown Skin Girl: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift (Full)

September 17, 2019

Watch the entire "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" documentary below!

New clip from Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift

September 16, 2019

Watch a new clip from "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" below!

Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift

September 15, 2019

ABC will air 'Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift.' 10 PM on Monday, September 16th.

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Ahead of Disney's 2019 live adaption of The Lion King hitting theaters on July 19, Disney Music has released the original motion picture soundtrack.

The soundtrack consists not only of Beyoncé's "Spirit" — an original single that will appear on her own album The Lion King: The Gift, which will accompany the film's release — but also the 2019 rendition of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" featuring vocals by Queen Bey, Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen. (In the film, Glover voices the title role of Simba, and Beyoncé, of course, voices Nala. Eichner and Rogen each play Timon and Pumbaa, respectively.)

The Lion King 2019 soundtrack is currently streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. Physical editions of the release will be available on July 19.

Listen to "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and the entire soundtrack below.


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Walt Disney announced on Tuesday (July 9) that Beyonce will be curating and producing a new album, The Lion King: The Gift. The album and the film's soundtrack will also include new Bey song called “Spirit.”

The album will feature a number of global recording artists and "steeped in the sounds of Africa," according to the announcement on Instagram.

“This is sonic cinema,” Beyoncé said of the record in a statement. “This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” she continued. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

The Lion King: The Gift is out July 19, along with the live-action film, which features Bey as Nala.
Disney’s The Lion King—starring Beyoncé as Nala and Donald Glover as Simba—is in theaters on July 19. Today, the film’s soundtrack was announced. It’s out digitally on July 11 and physically July 19 (via Walt Disney Records). Pre-order now!

The soundtrack features Beyoncé and Childish Gambino’s rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” which was previewed in a recent teaser.

The soundtrack also includes selections from Hans Zimmer’s score, production from Pharrell (on Tracks 4, 9, 12, and 19), and appearances from Seth Rogen (who voices Pumbaa), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), John Oliver (Zazu), Billy Eichner (Timon), and others.

In addition, there is a brand new Elton John track called “Never Too Late.” John co-wrote the track with Tim Rice; it’s produced by Greg Kurstin. Check out the tracklist, which includes a conspicuous TBA for Track 14, below. Read more...
With tickets now officially on sale for The Lion King here at Fandango, we spoke exclusively with director Jon Favreau, who has followed up his work helming the 2016 live-action redo of The Jungle Book with another groundbreaking effort here. He tells us how the highly anticipated new version is different while still honoring both the original movie and the iconic stage adaptation, the challenges of accomplishing such changes, and how the casting bridges the various versions and generations. And yes, he lost his mind over learning Beyoncé would be involved.

Fandango: Beyoncé is obviously a big deal for this movie.

Jon Favreau: Yes.

Fandango: I read that you wanted her involved so bad you were willing to work around her schedule. Did you have to coordinate much in that regard?

Jon Favreau: Sure, she's very busy. She's doing a lot. She was directing Homecoming, making Lemonade, her family got larger while we were working together. And between touring and albums, she really has a prolific career in many areas. She's an artist and a singer and a performer and very involved. She has a lot of things going on. But she's incredibly engaged and committed, and so what was wonderful was that when we did get together to work, she was exceptional, as you can imagine in her performance, but also really gives everything a lot of thought. She's very hard-working and puts a lot of thought into things, and would often be so extremely well-prepared that she was clearly working on a lot on this even when we weren't together. Read more...
During the recent "Homecoming" For Your Consideration Event, Emmy members recieved promotional DVDs with the film. As we can find out on the back cover of the DVD, Beyoncé has submitted the documentary for the 2019 Emmy Awards in 7 categories! See below.


Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Steve Pamon, Erinn Williams
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In December 2017, Ben Pearson drove to Playa Vista, California to visit the set of Disney’s The Lion King. Much of the set visit was spent discussing the technical aspects of how the film was coming together, but the talk with director Jon Favreau was a bit more personal. He explained why he wanted to make this movie, what speaks to him about this story, crafting the tone of the movie, how different this is from the animated version, this film’s music, and why he cast Donald Glover and Beyonce in the lead roles. Read the highlights of the interview below.

Working With Beyonce
“She’s busy,” the director laughed when asked about working with one of the world’s biggest superstars. “She has babies, she has albums, she goes on tour, her husband goes on tour. So she’s logistically trickier than some of the other cast members. Half of that role is singing, too, so that definitely made us feel that we had the right choice there. And then she had really prepared. She’s a very hard worker, it’s no surprise that she has had success in so many areas and if you look at Lemonade, you see really understands filmmaking, too, and is very curious and innovative. Once it finally became human scale and it was just us in the studio, she was great and she had even prepared a lot of the stuff ahead of time. This is a process, which is nice, because it really concentrates the time. She doesn’t have to sit in a trailer waiting for a camera to be ready. When it’s her, it’s all about her and I get to focus on her performance and getting to know her and then I get to go off and work with the camera people. So it has informed it and I try to get to know my cast members and have what ultimately ends up in the animation and visuals reflect who they are. Even if it’s not obvious on the surface, it definitely inspires me in the way I conceive it.”
Mufasa isn’t the only reigning royal in these Pride Lands.

The internet collectively bowed down when, in November 2017, Disney confirmed that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter had joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s photo-real virtual-production remake of The Lion King. The music icon plays Nala, the childhood friend of Simba (Donald Glover) who re-encounters the exiled prince in adulthood, now as a fully-grown, powerful, unquestionably indomitable lioness.

So, how did Favreau convince a queen to get in formation with this King?

“I’ve got the Beyhive in my house,” chuckles the director, who wasn’t specifically aware that the singer was in play for the role until he reached out to her on a casting whim. “I’ve seen her live and she’s a unique talent, to say the least,” he says. “And when I finally spoke to her after reaching out, although her persona onstage is bigger than life, she’s very down to earth and is very much dedicated to her family and having a life that is human-scale.”

That, Favreau reasons, helps to explain why Knowles-Carter (as she’s being officially credited in the film) agreed to play Nala, which marks her first feature film role since 2013’s animated Epic (and prior to that, 2009’s Obsessed). “I think that part of it is that she’s got young kids, part of it is that it’s a story that feels good for this phase of her life and her career — it’s a very positive story, it’s a classic that a lot of people feel very emotionally invested in — and I think she just really likes the original very much,” says Favreau. “At the end of the day, she’s also an actor and it’s a great bunch of people to work with and a project that I think she felt was going to be special. And then of course, there are these wonderful musical numbers that she can be involved with, and my God… she really lives up to her reputation as far as the beauty of her voice and her talent.” Read more...
A Beyonce and Donald Glover duet is in the works.

Actor Billy Eichner confirmed that the two artists will be singing Can You Feel The Love Tonight in The Lion King remake.

Appearing on the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Eichner confirmed that Knowles and Glover will be singing the 1994 remake of the song for the movie.

"Timon and Pumbaa start singing "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and then it segue-ways into Beyonce and Donald Glover singing", said Eichner.

Eichner will voice Timon's character, while Beyonce and Glover will play Nala and Simba respectively.

Disney announced that the live-action remake of the classic animation will be in cinemas in July.