There’s no doubt 2016 has been a crazy year, but in the midst of political unrest and Ryan Lochte’s phony Brazil robberies, there’s one thing that’s consistently perfect: Beyoncé. Here are top moments from the year she dropped Lemonade on the masses.
2. “Formation” Drops
On February 6, Beyoncé dropped her first single from her secret (at the time) album Lemonade. The video makes a political statement about Black Lives Matter and black women standing together, but also features clever lyrics about being a Southern woman and always keeping hot sauce in your bag. The single was such a smash hit it even gave sales a boost for Red Lobster.
3. Super Bowl Half Time Show
For the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, on which she collaborated with Coldplay once again, Beyoncé performed her new hit “Formation.” Though the performance got some backlash, she brushed it off and announced her Formation World Tour.
4. Ivy Park Launches
In mid-April, Beyoncé launched her athleisure line Ivy Park (named after her daughter and her favorite park in Houston), exclusively sold at Topshop. Within minutes of the launch, the Topshop site crashed.
5. ‘Lemonade’ Is Released
On April 23, Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade premiered on HBO. After the hour-long movie aired, the video was made available for download on iTunes and Tidal. The album inspired a slew of social media memes and some great Halloween costumes. The lemon emoji has never been more popular and the name Becky has never been more unpopular.
6. The Formation World Tour
On April 26, the Formation World Tour kicked off in Miami. As of August, it made a whopping $210 million in ticket sales alone.
7. The Met Gala
On May 1, Beyoncé graced the Met Gala red carpet wearing a latex Givenchy gown. She notably showed up solo, without husband Jay Z by her side.
8. CFDA Awards
After making a bold appearance at the Met Gala, Bey dazzled the CFDA audience on June 6 in a sequin suit and her trademark Lemonade hat while taking home the Style Icon Award.
9. The BET Awards
Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at this summer’s BET Awards and took part in a passionate performance of her song “Freedom” with Kendrick Lamar. The video of the performance went viral, of course.
10. The Emmys
On July 14, the 2016 Emmy nominations were announced and Lemonade received four: Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special, Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special, Outstanding Variety Special category and Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming.
11. The VMAs
On August 28, Beyoncé took over the VMA red carpet with Blue Ivy and later performed several songs from Lemonade. She took home eight moonmen, including the award for Video of the Year—no Kanye necessary.
12. The CMAs
13. She’s With Her
Four days before the 2016 election, Beyoncé and Jay Z performed in honor of the first female presidential candidate to top a party ticket at a Hillary Clinton political rally in Cleveland, OH.
14. The 2017 Grammys
On Tuesday, December 6, Beyoncé was crowned Grammy nomination queen, leading the competition with nine nominations. Adele, Drake and Kanye West followed Bey with eight. Beyoncé remains the most nominated female artist in Grammy history.
15. TIME Magazine Short List
Though Donald Trump was named TIME Magazine’s person of the year, Beyonce rounded out the TIME short list alongside Hillary Clinton.