Now that we know critics have absolutely fallen in love with Black Panther, the anticipation for the movie is at an all-time high. Director Ryan Coogler and his team have really paid attention to every last detail of the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and such a fire movie wouldn’t be complete without a fire soundtrack.
We already know that Kendrick Lamar will executive produce the album and SZA, Vince Staples, Jay Rock, the Weeknd, Future, and James Blake are involved, and so far those are the only names attached to Black Panther: The Album’s 14-song tracklist. But remember that this impressive list of high-profile names come from just two officially announced songs; you could easily go insane trying to dream up who is involved in the other 12 tracks on the album. And now people on Twitter are absolutely convinced that Beyoncé is somehow involved, after some eagle-eyed #BeyHive members spotted what they think are a series of clues in Beyoncé’s outfit over Grammy weekend.
Beyoncé wore three very memorable looks this weekend, and two of them had small but noticeable homages to black panthers. In one, she wore a black diamond encrusted clutch that was shaped like—you guessed it!—a black panther.
In another outfit, Beyoncé wore big diamond earrings that, upon closer inspection, had panthers. Click through her Instagram post to see closer images of her earrings (the second, sixth, and seventh photos in the set are the best ones for taking a peek.)
I'm calling it right now Beyoncé will be on the Black Panther soundtrack.— Jonathan Lewis (@jonantlew) January 30, 2018
These two small details were enough to get fans in a frenzy. There are two things to keep in mind here, the first of which is that Beyoncé is known for being super protective over her image, so it’s not inconceivable that she would deliberately post these images in order to get people wondering. In other words, it's not an accident we can see the clutch and the earrings in the photos on her Instagram. Secondly, she is known for dropping hints about upcoming secret projects. In the months leading up to the release of Lemonade, Bey shared quite a few photos with lemons in them, and no one knew what was truly going on until after the fact.
There’s also a third element that would make a Beyoncé song(s) or feature on the Black Panther album even easier. She is already working with Disney for The Lion King, which is due for release next year. Disney owns Marvel. If she’s already in the studio anyway… who knows, right?
Low-key confirms my theory of Beyoncé being on the Black Panther soundtrack . Especially since she has to work with Disney anyways because of Lion King. Might as well also secure the bag with Marvel.— Partition. (@BlerdyBabe) January 29, 2018
One fan also pointed out that Chloe x Halle, the twins who Beyoncé mentors, attended the Black Panther premiere last night. Could she have been involved in something with them?
Chloe and Halle are at the Black Panther premiere. Beyoncé been wearing Black Panther inspired outfits for the past few days. The Black Panther soundtrack has all of its tracks that haven’t been released blacked out. Y’all know what that most likely means... pic.twitter.com/S862JFYH8e— I want Becky to know it was Me (@YonceHaunted) January 30, 2018
Finally, Beyoncé fans will remember her Super Bowl outfit back in 2016, when she performed "Formation" dressed in a Black Panther-inspired outfit (although back then, Bey was making an explicit reference to the political movement, not the Marvel movie.) In fact, Bey’s makeup artist, Sir John, told People that her Grammys looks were “in continued support of the Black Panther Party.” But it’s the timing of her outfits—just days before the premiere of Black Panther—has fans jumpy. There’s also no question that the Marvel movie, which has been described as the blackest superhero movie ever, is a slight play on the name of the political party, so even if Sir John is correct, it doesn’t discount the possibility of Bey nodding to the movie as well as the political party.
There is nothing confirmed as of yet, and of course Beyoncé and everyone from her team has remained tight-lipped about what, if any, involvement the artist has with Black Panther the movie or Black Panther: The Album. Her panther accessories this weekend could have just been a coincidence. At the very minimum, it could have been coded way to announce that she too is excited for the movie’s official release on Feb. 16. Nevertheless, the #BeyHive will continue to buzz with anticipation, and as long as there’s a possibility, there will be speculation.
Beyonce wore not one, but TWO looks during the Grammys weekend inspired by the Black Panther Party… And her purse was a rhinestoned black panther.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 30, 2018
WERE THEY CLUES?
Idk if Beyoncé is dropping hints or what but all of her looks this weekend were black panther inspired 🤔— mark del figgalo (@serfbort) January 30, 2018
Queen Beyoncé had the black panther clutch at the Grammy’s pic.twitter.com/62pYc6Ea6k— R. Janay (@_MissDash_) January 29, 2018
Beyonce is leaving us a hint with the sparkly black panther purse she was carrying at the Grammy's. MARK MY WORDS pic.twitter.com/Zf0WMW6d0t— Amanda🐼 (@AmandaLearning) January 30, 2018
Beyoncé will be on the Black Panther album pic.twitter.com/g3nPKLoGlg— beth (@midtowndaya) January 30, 2018