Beyonce’s album Lemonade was up for four awards on the night
There was one famous face noticeably absent from Sunday night’s 68th annual Emmy Awards – Beyonce.
The superstar was due at the annual bash where her HBO special and visual-album Lemonade was up for four awards, including variety special, directing, editing and production.
There were even rumours that she’d be taking to the stage to perform on the night.
However, there was no sign of her – just a photo where she should have been sat.
Like most viewers, even comedian John Oliver, who won outstanding variety series for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, was disappointed the star didn’t turn up.
“I saw the seating chart, and I was supposed to be sitting two rows behind her,” he said backstage. “All I have been thinking about for the last 48 hours is that I will be looking at Beyoncé’s head for four hours. But she hasn’t turned up.”
Fans hoping that Lemonade was going to scoop the awards were furious when Laverne Cox announced that directors of Grease: Live – Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski – had won the final Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special.
“I wasted 2 hours for Beyoncé to not show up & to lose the EMMY #Emmys2016 ,” one disappointed fan tweeted.
Another joked about Beyonce and Jay Z’s imagined conversation: “Somewhere Beyoncé is laying in a bathtub of money – Jay: Bey, you didn’t win the Emmy – Beyoncé: Who?”
While another added: “How you gonna bring Laverne Cox up to present an award Beyoncé is nominated in and have her give it to two white men #Emmys ”.