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Beyoncé Accepts Innovator Award at IHeart Radio Awards 2024

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Beyonce accepts the Innovator Award at this year’s IHeart Radio Awards presented by the legendary Stevie Wonder.

As she takes the award, she mentioned that she thanked Stevie Wonder for playing the harmonica on the hit cover Dolly Parton track “Jolene.” This year Beyonce is coming in on a run with the release of her Country album, Cowboy Carter, that was released on Friday, March 29 during Easter weekend. With a 27-track hit that was featured many black country named artists such as Brittney Spencer, Tanner, Reyna and many more.

When accepting the award, she had shared what an innovator means to her.

“Innovation starts with a dream, and the road to execute that dream can be very bumpy. Being an innovator is doing what everyone believes is impossible,” she told the crowd, dressed in line with her current country era, rocking a leather jumpsuit with fringe, as well as a big belt with a buckle and a sleek black cowboy hat. “Being an innovator often means being criticized, which often will test your mental strength. Being an innovator is leaning on faith and trusting that God will catch you and guide you.”

“To all the record labels, every radio station, every award show, my hope is that we’re more open to the joy and liberation that comes from enjoying art with no preconceived notions. I want to dedicate this award to all the innovators who have dedicated their lives and their art to creating shifts. Thank you for your sacrifice and your powerful forces and your dauntless spirit.”

At the end of her acceptance speech, she had thanked some of the most legendary musicians in the industry with a hint of possibly what Act III would be like. Some popular names are Rosetta Tharpe, Andre 3000, Michael Jackson, Prince, Tina Turner and many more.

“Jolene” singer wrapped up by thanking her husband and team for the hard work and dedication over the years.

As it is Tuesday, Beyonce’s latest album has been the most streaming album on Spotify since the release date. It was the most first-day streams for a country album by a female artist in history.

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