Beyoncé & Jay-Z Honor Black History Month With ‘Queen Meghan’ Portrait At BRITs
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Feb 2019
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It’s not every day that pop queen Beyoncé gets out-queened—but if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s the Duchess of Sussex.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z, also known as the Carters, won the title for Best International Group at the Brit Awards 2019. However, they were not able to attend the event.
Luckily, they came up with the next best alternative: they recreated their APES**T music video in a pre-recorded acceptance speech, replacing Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa with a painting of Meghan Markle in a crown.
“Thank you so much the Brit Awards for this incredible honor,” they said in the video. “You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love. Thank you. You’re welcome.”
Later, Beyoncé explained on Instagram that she had commissioned the painting “in honor of Black History Month… we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas,” referring to the Duchess of Sussex’s biracial heritage.
According to The Telegraph, the regal portrait was created by Brooklyn-based illustrator Tim O’Brien, who is noted for his cover artworks for TIME magazine.
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Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle. How lucky am I to have been in a group with my other best friend, the GOAT Hova. 🙌🏾 In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.
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A screen capture of Beyoncé’s ‘APES**T’ music video. Screenshot via Beyoncé
[via Cosmopolitan, video via Beyoncé, images via various sources]
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