Beyoncé Receives 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards Innovator Prize, Asks People to Be 'More Open to the Joy' of Art

The 42-year-old "Texas Hold 'Em" singer got the Innovator Award at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday night and urged others to enjoy art "with no preconceived notions."

Stevie Wonder awarded Beyoncé, calling her "a true visionary" and thanking her for "motivating the world to become a better place."

After taking the stage in black leather and a cowboy hat, Beyoncé complimented Wonder and revealed that he plays harmonica on her version of "Jolene," which is on her new country-inspired album Cowboy Carter.

"Tonight you called me an innovator, and for that I'm very grateful," stated. Innovation begins with a dream. The road to executing your ambition might be rough. 

Being an inventor means seeing the impossible. Being an inventor typically involves being ridiculed, which tests mental strength."

The 32-time Grammy winner asked "all the record labels, every radio station, every award show" to be more innovative and welcoming of unconventional ideas.

"My hope is that we're more open to the joy and liberation that comes from enjoying art, with no preconceived notions," stated.

Rosetta Tharpe, Tracy Chapman, Linda Martell, Prince, Wonder, Andre 3000, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson were among those who defied "any label placed upon them," the star said.

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