Beyoncé - Lemonade
Directors: Kahlil Joseph, Jonas Akerlund, and Todd Tourso
Is Lemonade just a music video? Absolutely not—it's a full-fledged movie musical, a beautiful, violent, and honest look at infidelity—with a massive production budget. Cameos from Serena Williams, Zendaya, relatives of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, Winnie Harlow, Jay Z—the list goes on and on, but while the celebrity presence often serves to highlight and accentuate Bey's message, the cinematography and choreography is the real star of the show. This is stunning work, and HBO is fully justified in putting Lemonade at the center of its awards show campaigns.
It's hard to pick a favorite moment, but since we can't embed the video, we'll try: there's her incredible spoken-word performance, in which Beyoncé dons a chainmail mask while surrounded by flames. There's the joyful destruction of "Hold Up," in which she destroys a city block with a baseball bat in an already-iconic sequence. And there's the shadowy sequence of Beyoncé as an Egyptian queen, wearing a metallic swimsuit while her hair creates a crown/halo above her head. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor—don't rely on inadequate blog descriptions of this work of art. Go see it for yourself.