The song came complete with a music video which Bey released on YouTube, and nobody...I repeat...NOBODY was ready for how *fire* this video was about to be.
The video was praised for being unapologetically black, with various people pointing out the abundance of black women, references to the "Black Lives Matter" movement, and a final moment in which a New Orleans police car is submerged by flood waters.
And if that wasn't enough, it also featured a cameo appearance by four-year-old Blue Ivy, who clearly has more of her shit together than the majority of us combined.
As more and more people began to watch the video, it became clear that few people could cope with the level of slay. Numerous people felt as though their wigs had been snatched by the Queen herself.
People were falling over themselves to get in formation and join Beyoncé on the path to enlightenment.
Even Shonda Rhimes had to take a minute out of killing all our favourite TV characters to compliment Beyoncé on a stellar job.
Black people all over Twitter began declaring their appreciation for their noses, in response to the line "I like my negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils" featured in the song.
And many black women praised the song as a powerful black girl anthem.
Basically, if the video has still left you reeling, hot and flustered, and clutching your chest for air – you are not alone.
Your 2016 has just been made a hell of a lot better by another Beyoncé announcement.