Oscars 2020: Does Beyoncé Have an Academy Award?

Queen Bey proves time and time again that’s she’s the queen of the Grammy Awards, snatching trophy after trophy. Still, some fans are wondering if this artist ever earned an Academy Award for her acting. Did Beyoncé earn an Oscar for her song “Spirit,” which was featured in the 2019 adaptation of The Lion King? Here’s what we know about Beyoncé and her Oscar nominations.

The cast of 'Dreamgirls,' Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Jamie Foxx
The cast of ‘Dreamgirls,’ Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Jamie Foxx | Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Beyoncé is much more than just a Grammy-award winning singer

You may know her as the artist behind songs like “Crazy in Love” and “Love On Top,” but Beyoncé also appeared in multiple films throughout her career. That includes movies like Dreamgirls, Austin Powers in Goldmember, and The Pink Panther. Most recently, she voiced adult Nala in Disney’s 2019 adaptation of The Lion King.

The artist took her involvement with The Lion King one step further, creating a Grammy-nominated album based on the film, entitled The Lion King: The Gift. She also released the song, “Spirit,” which appeared in the live-action adaptation of the movie.

Beyoncé wrote and performed music for Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

Aside from singing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with Donald Glover, Billy Eichner, and Seth Rogen, Beyoncé created her own song “Spirit” to be featured in this photo-real adaption. Her album, The Lion King: The Gift, earned a Grammy nomination and showcased African music and culture.

“[The album] tells you basically the storyline of the film, the titles and a synopsis of what those songs are about so we can try to match some of these songs to the same emotions that happen throughout the film, so we have a rounded body of work,” the artist explained during her documentary Making The Gift.

It was “Spirit,” featured on both The Lion King: The Gift and The Lion King’s Soundtrack that earned Beyoncé recognition at both the Golden Globes and the Grammy’s. The Golden Globe for Best Original Song went to “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman.

While Spirit earned nominations in the Grammy’s Best Song Written For Visual Media and Best Pop Solo Performance, the artist did not take home the award in either category. However, the artist did not earn an Oscar nomination for “Spirit” or her appearance in this film.

Did Beyoncé earn an Oscar nomination for ‘Spirit’ or ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

The Lion King walked away with a hefty amount of recognition from the 2020 Academy Awards. That includes a nomination in Best Visual Effects, However, Beyoncé did not earn a nomination for her song “Spirit.” Needless to say, some members of the Beyhive were pretty upset with the award show.

Some fans even suspected Beyoncé could get two awards closer to an EGOT, after receiving Emmy nominations for her Netflix original, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. Unfortunately, the artist is still short an Emmy, Oscar, and Tony.

Music by Beyoncé, including her recently released album, The Lion King: The Gift, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and most major platforms.