Where’s the sister love? Solange Knowles was noticeably absent from her older sibling Beyoncé’s star-studded Lemonade visual album — and she didn’t get a thank-you either.
Although the film was shot in Solange’s adopted hometown of New Orleans, she was the only member of Beyoncé’s immediate family who did not receive a credit or make an appearance in Lemonade. Her mother, Tina Knowles, and her stepfather, Richard Lawson, are both seen on their wedding day in the film and are named in the "special thanks." Her once-estranged father, Mathew Knowles, appears in the video, playing with Beyoncé and husband Jay Z’s 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, in a hotel room. Jay Z pops up snuggling with his wife toward the conclusion of the hourlong film.
The album also includes cameos from famous faces such as Serena Williams, Zendaya, model Winnie Harlow and actress Amandla Stenberg, as well as grieving black women whose children were victims of police brutality: Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton; Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr; and Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden.
The pop superstar even thanked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints football teams. A rep for the Buccaneers told TMZ Sports that they weren’t even involved in the album, but they let Jay Z work out at their facilities while Beyoncé rehearsed in Miami for her upcoming tour. One scene is also shot in the Saints' stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Fans have wondered if Solange wasn’t mentioned due to the narrative of this album — an unfaithful lover cheating with a woman Beyoncé refers to as “Becky” — and the issues that have arisen in the past few years, most notably Solange and Jay Z’s notorious elevator altercation in 2014. Reports claimed that Solange was yelling at fashion designer Rachel Roy over an alleged affair prior to her fight with Jay. For her part, Roy later denied rumors that she was the “Becky” referenced in “Sorry.”
Even without a cameo or shout-out, Solange (who appeared in Beyoncé’s 2013 visual album) seemed to support her sister after Lemonade’s release by simply tweeting 15 emojis, most of them lemons along with a bee.