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Formation

2016        Beyoncé


8.71/107 ratings

directed by:
Melina Matsoukas


Formation was shot in New Orleans, Louisiana, and features references to Hurricane Katrina, antebellum, and Louisiana Creole culture, along with police brutality and racism. Julie Dash's 1991 film Daughters of the Dust inspired the look and feel of the video, which was part of her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade.


genres:

Bounce
Trap


top lists:

Grammy Best Music Video
Grammy Best Music Video Nominee
VMA Video of the Year
VMA Video of the Year Nominee

Critics’ Takes:

“The potency of Formation doesn’t come from its overt politics: it comes from the juxtaposition of lyric with the images, which organically present black humanity in ways we’ve haven’t seen frequently represented in popular art or culture.” – Syreeta McFadden, The Guardian

“In a time where racial tensions were climbing to new, uncomfortable heights, “Formation” served as an active reminder that black people could not be silenced.” – Billboard

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