Home Gallery Video Beyonce Formation Beyonce's Controversial 'Formation' Video Wins Cannes Music Grand Prix Film Pushed the Conversation on Race Relations By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on Jun 24, 2016 Editor's Pick Beyonce's music video "Formation" has been awarded a Music Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The controversial music video dropped the day before her 2016 Super Bowl performance and pushed the conversation on race relations and perceptions of women with its images of police brutality and female empowerment. It was directed by Melina Matsoukas and produced out of PrettyBird, last year's Creativity Production Company of the Year. "We didn't select Beyonce because she's the biggest star," said Music Lions Juror Marcie Allen, president and founder of Mac Presents in the U.S.. "We selected [her] because of the conversation. She could have continued to go along and do 'All the Single Ladies' and songs that didn't really move the needle and the conversation with race. And because of everything going on in America right now, the jury felt it was very important that we take a stand to say that even though something is controversial and uncomfortable to discuss, because of its creativity and the conversation, we picked it." Read more about the category over at AdAge.com. Rate this Ad You must be registered to rate the ad. Please Login or Register Now About CreditsDateJun 24, 2016Client:Beyonce TagsCannes 2016 Latest Creativity News on Ad Age Community Films Signs Young, Winecoff Joins Epoch Murillo to Lead McDonald's Team at Alma, Mariano Joins Zulu Alpha Kilo Have You Entered Our 40 Under 40 Contest Yet? Related work Beyonce: Formation Saatchi New Director's Showcase: Anni Mathison Eclipse (behind the scenes) Saatchi & Saatchi London Saatchi New Director's Showcase: Jane Bordeaux 'Ma'agalim'