Sheryl Lee Ralph received a bouquet from none other than Beyonce after taking home an Emmy for her role on ABC’s Abbott Elementary last weekend.
The 65-year-old actress opened up about a heartfelt message from the 41-year-old megastar in a video posted to TikTok on Saturday.
The note read: “To the original Dreamgirl. I send you congratulations. Love, Beyoncé.”
Ralph played the role of Deena Jones on the Broadway show Dreamgirls, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Beyonce played the same role in the film version of the musical, released in 2006.
After reading Beyonce’s sweet message, Ralph put her hands on her head in shock at the seriousness of the gesture.
“Oh Beyoncé,” she sang in her overhauled voice. ‘Wonderful. I don’t have a voice, but it’s wonderful.’
Dreamgirls, performed by Anika Noni Rose, Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson from the film’s soundtrack, played over the minute-long clip.
The Moesha actress’ speech at the Emmys has garnered national acclaim in recent days.
Ralph became only the second black woman to win the Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Ralph kicked it out Alex Borstein (The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel), Hannah Einbinder (Hacks), Janelle James (Abbott Elementary School), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) Sarah Niles as Ted Lasso Juno Temple (Ted Lasso) and Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) and was so stunned that she couldn’t leave her seat after being announced.
After being escorted onto the stage by co-star Tyler James Williams, a stunned Ralph took the stage and was most surprised when she began singing a verse from jazz singer Diane Reeves’ 1993 song Endangered Species .
‘I’m an endangered species but I don’t sing a song of sacrifice/I’m a woman, I’m an artist and I know where my voice belongs,” she sang, getting the crowd on their feet.
“Anybody who’s ever had a dream and thought their dream wasn’t going to come true, couldn’t come true, I’m here to tell you that’s what faith looks like,” she added.
“This is what striving looks like, and never give up, because when you have a Quinta Brunson in your corner, when you have a husband like mine in your corner, when you have children like mine in your corner, and when you have friends like everyone who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me, thank you. Many Thanks. Many Thanks!’ Ralph closed.
Ralph – who pre-Emmys beefed up with a facial from famed beauty pro Sarah Akram – is only the second black actress to be recognized for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, following Jackie Harry’s win for 227 in 1987.