*Beyoncé will premiere the music video for “Run the World (Girls),” the first single from her forthcoming album “4,” tomorrow during “American Idol’s” Top 3 performance episode (May 18).
After the video was originally set to premiere on Vevo last Friday, a rep from Sony confirms that the Francis Lawrence-directed clip will be unveiled during the two-hour episode of “Idol” Wednesday night, reports Billboard.
Last week, Beyoncé released a minute-long teaser of the video, which showed the pop star commanding a futuristic army, riding a bucking horse and posing in front of a burning car. [Watch below.]
“It’s definitely riskier than something a bit more…simple,” Beyoncé told Billboard.com of her new single. “I just heard the track and loved that it was so different: it felt a bit African, a bit electronic and futuristic. It reminded me of what I love, which is mixing different cultures and eras — things that typically don’t go together — to create a new sound. I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.”
Four days after the “Run the World (Girls)” video premiere, Beyonce will be honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards. The performer will receive the honor at the May 22 show, which will also feature performances by Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj and Lady Antebellum, among others, and will air on ABC at 8-11pm ET/PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.