Although few of us, Adele likely included, are still stunned that 25 beat out Beyoncé's seminal visual album Lemonade at this year's Grammy Awards, other accolade-gifting bodies are trying to make up for the slight. This year's Peabody Award winners were announced on Thursday, and Lemonade has received the honor in the Entertainment category.
Along with Lemonade, the other Entertainment Peabody recipients are Donald Glover's Atlanta, Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete, C.K. and Pamela Adlon's Better Things, Veep, Happy Valley, and National Treasure (Hulu's British import series, and not the Nicolas Cage franchise, if there's confusion). Selected by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, the Peabody Awards recognize the best each year in television, radio, and, now, relevant online content.
On the Peabody Awards website, the jurors explain their selection of Lemonade, saying that "'Lemonade' draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture."
Although it may be the most highbrow of the bunch, the Peabody is not the only award to recognize the stunning achievement that is Lemonade where the Grammys failed, save for two lesser category wins for Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album. The monumental effort has also netted top honors at the MTV Video Music Awards and BET Awards, plus a couple of prime-time Emmy nominations.
The ceremony for the Peabody Awards will be in a month, on May 20th. Rashida Jones is set to host the honors, which will take place in New York before later airing on PBS and Fusion on June 2.
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