Surprise! A Beyoncé TV Special Airs on ABC Today, Entitled ‘Making the Gift’

When you’re Beyoncé, you don’t need to promote anything. Yesterday, ABC announced on Twitter that the artist would appear in a behind-the-scenes ABC television special. In this documentary, written, directed, and produced by the artist, fans would see the behind the scenes aspects of Beyoncé’s latest project, The Lion King: The Gift. Here’s what fans are saying about Making the Gift.

Beyonce attends the Lion King premiere
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ABC announced Beyoncé’s television special on Twitter

Last night, ABC shared some exciting news about their programming schedule. Or rather, “ABeyC” did. On Sept. 16, a documentary sharing the behind-the-scenes aspects of The Lion King: The Gift would be broadcasted on their network. The Grammy-award winning artist, Beyoncé, wrote, directed, and produced this documentary.

According to Variety, this special will be an hour-long and give fans a look into the production of Beyoncé’s latest album. Other artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift includes Pharrell, Jessie Reyez, Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi, Burna Boy, Salatiel, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, Tirra Whack, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, and 070 Shake.

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Beyoncé produced and curated this album in conjunction with Disney’s adaptation of ‘The Lion King’

As any Disney fan can tell you, Beyoncé starred in the studio’s photo-real adaptation of The Lion King, alongside artists and actors like Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, and Eric Andre. As adult Nala, she sang “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with Donald Glover, who portrayed adult Simba. In true Beyoncé fashion, the artist took her role one step further.

In July, Beyoncé released the album, The Lion King: The Gift, a specially curated album inspired by the animated film. The songs and production put a spotlight on African culture and music, featuring prominent African artists. In a statement, Beyoncé elaborated on her stylistic choices.

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Beyoncé said. “Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

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Fans are already excited for ‘Making The Gift’

Of course, when news broke that Beyoncé would share her documentary on ABC, fans went crazy online. Some of them shared their excitement for the surprise, others thanked ABC for broadcasting it. One Twitter user said, “this is about to be [fire.] ABC, thanks for the heads up! You know how our Queen likes surprises!”

“This is why ABC is the best network on television. I’ve never forgotten the Thanksgiving and Wynn specials that Beyoncé and you did together. Next thing I knew, you had shows from Shonda Rhimes. Thank you for all you do to support diversity. Can’t wait to see The Gift special,” wrote another Twitter user.

Some fans mentioned her artists’ snub at this year’s Emmy Awards. Although Beyoncé was nominated for six Emmy’s for her Netflix documentary, entitled Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, she did not win. One Twitter user said, “Queen Beyoncé is gonna get that E of the EGOT, come rain or come shine.”

Beyoncé’s documentary, Making the Gift, premieres on ABC on Sept. 16, 2019, at 10 p.m EDT.