After nearly stealing the show with her bombastic half time performance at this year's Super Bowl, Beyonce is poised to follow it up with an HBO documentary that gives viewers a sneak peek at the performer behind the scenes.
Beyonce's "Life Is But A Dream" is set to premiere on HBO tonight. While airing the work of one of the country's top performers seems like a no-brainer, evidently the network was initially hesitant to air the special, thinking it would not mesh well with HBO's traditionally more off-kilter original programming. "I have no clue why this works," admitted HBO's President of Programming Michael Lombardo to the New York Daily News. "If someone said to me, 'Why is this on HBO?' I can't say why -- this isn't a traditional documentary and this isn't a traditional music special because there's something undeniably moving and honest about it."
Lombardo admitted that it was one among many of pitches that the premium network reviews every year. "I knew who Beyoncé was, but I wasn't really a fan," Lombardo explained. "If you had asked me to name more than one of her songs at that point I couldn't."
However, an early screening to the network executives turned Lombardo and company around completely, hailing the film's unique look at the singer's public and private life as an absolute powerhouse. "This, felt so fresh and honest to me," Lombardo said. "She's constantly walking this line between public performer and private person, and wrestling with how, in this massive spotlight, she can hold onto the part of yourself that makes you real. It's such an honest struggle and such an honest conversation."
Lombardo continued, "I was also dazzled by how hard she works, the unbelievable, unsexy, hard, sweaty work that goes into mounting a show -- any show she does. You just have to take you hat off to her."
See what all the fuss is about when Beyonce's "Life Is But A Dream" airs tonight on HBO!