Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Deemed Best Album of 2016 by ‘Rolling Stone’ — See Who Else Made the List

Still from ‘Hold Up’

Ain’t sorry! Beyoncé’s Lemonade has been crowned the best album of 2016 by Rolling Stone. The Grammy winner released her second visual album, her sixth overall studio album, with a headline-making HBO special in April.

The widely acclaimed album, which earned Queen Bey numerous awards, including her first-ever Emmy nomination, is divided into 11 chapters — Intuition, Denial, Anger, Apathy, Emptiness, Accountability, Reformation, Forgiveness, Resurrection, Hope, and Redemption — and focuses on betrayal by a lover —prompting fans to speculate Beyoncé’s husband, rapper Jay Z, had been unfaithful with “Becky with the good hair.”

Rolling Stone, who claims that “David Bowie would have been the first to say” Lemonade was the album of the year, placed the late iconic singer’s farewell album, Blackstar, in the No. 2 spot. 

Film from ‘Blackstar’

“There’s never been a musical farewell anything like Blackstar: The Cracked Actor saved his bravest and boldest performance for the final curtain,” the publication writes of Bowie’s 25th studio album, which was released just days before his January 2016 death. “David Bowie still wasn’t running out of ways to shock people. Damn,” the magazine writes of the English musician’s final work. “Blackstar remains an inspiration – and a challenge – to us all.”

Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book takes the third spot, with Car Seat Headrest’s Teens of Denial and Frank Ocean’s Blonde rounding out the top five.

Click here for the complete list of the 50 top albums of 2016. 

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