Beyoncé's highly-anticipated album, Renaissance, was recently published. It is her first solo studio album in six years,

According to a statement posted on her website the day before the album's release, Beyoncé has stated that Renaissance is the first in a planned trilogy and is a 16-track dance

The 28-time Grammy winner explained that the three-act project was recorded over the course of three years throughout the pandemic.

"All I wanted to do was make it a secure environment. a spot devoid of criticism or criticism-free. A refuge from anxiety caused by striving for perfection and overanalysis.

Her late uncle Jonny, a gay man, was "my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album,"

References to worldwide dance traditions such as Afrobeat, Jersey Club, and New Jack Swing abound on the album, earning Renaissance a four-star review from The Guardian, which dubbed it the

Rolling Stone praised Beyoncé for her diverse selection of collaborators, which includes queer club leaders such as Big Freedia and Honey Dijon, writing,

blend racial and gender identities, sexual orientations, and aesthetic sensibilities in harmonious ways that belie our tortured and often bigoted public discourse."