By the time the 2017 awards ceremony was set to begin, a crowd of over 100,000 people had already gathered in downtown Chicago for a ceremonial reception and photo-op.
That number would soon grow as the W.T.O., or World Television Artists’ Awards, took over the downtown Chicago venue and hosted a slew of other major awards shows.
The event featured a lineup of big names, including David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj, as well as more local talent, such as the indie rock group The National and the indie-rock band The Strokes.
But there was one name that stood out to me: Beyoncé.
She performed for the first time in more than two decades, and her performance in her crowning moment at the W-O.
(It was also her first appearance at a W.O.)
Afterward, Beyoncé was mobbed by reporters and photographers, with some saying that the event was the biggest media event they’d ever seen.
Beyoncé performed on the red carpet at the 2017 World Television Artist’s Awards.