Sheila Watko: Philadelphia reporter goes viral naming 15 Beyonce songs in traffic segment
'This is awesome!! All Song Titles,' Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles-Lawson wrote as she posted the clip on Instagram
A traffic reporter from Philadelphia has joined the Beyhive and Beyoncé's mom is loving it. Sheila Watko of NBC10 recently dedicated her entire segment to Beyoncé while delivering her morning traffic update. She perfectly name-dropped some of the 28-time Grammy Award winner's best singles back-to-back without missing a beat.
A longer video posted by Watko on Twitter shows her coworkers Erin Coleman and Keith Jones joining in the fun and naming songs. Tina Knowles-Lawson, the singer's mother, uploaded the original clip with the caption, "This is awesome!! All Song Titles" while showing love for the fun moment.
When traffic is *jumpin, jumpin*, it's time to pay tribute to Queen Bey, who I am *dangerously in love* with👑🐝@NBCPhiladelphia @Beyonce #RENAISSANCE— Sheila Watko (@SheilaWatko) August 2, 2022
A few days late, but I had to celebrate Bey Day. This time, @ErinColemanTV and @KeithJones even got in on the #Beyonce fun! pic.twitter.com/zGGnj5uBOh
Watco thanked her co-anchor and said, "I always love it when you 'Say My Name,'" referring to Destiny's Child's 1999 hit single. She continued, "If you're just waking up, I hope that you had some 'Sweet Dreams' 'cause traffic is getting 'Heated' and it's starting to 'Break My Soul' just a little bit." She didn't stop there. She also named 'All Up In Your Mind,' 'Listen,' 'Beautiful Liar,' and 'Countdown.'
While reciting more song titles perfunctorily, Watko said, "We have a 'Formation' of traffic cones all morning." She continued, "You might want to move over 'to the left, to the left,'" she told local drivers, referencing the singer's smash hit, 'Irreplaceable'.
Watko also included other song titles of Beyonce such as 'Partition,' 'Bills, Bills, Bills,' 'Crazy In Love,' and 'XO', bringing her total number of references to 15. She later admitted that she had been organizing the feature for days but had had to cancel it owing to a severe crash the day before.
When Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles reposted the clip on Instagram, comments poured in from fans and celebrities, including Vivica A Fox, who wrote, "She did that!!" One fan wrote, "Beyoncé is one of one, she's #1 and she's the only one." "She’s everywhere and everything. love this!" commented another.
Twitter users appreciated Watko's efforts and creativity in making the traffic segment entertaining. One user tweeted, "This was way more fun than I was expecting. Thanks for this!" Another user wrote, "This is everything!!! So cute lol I loved the hair flip at Beautiful Liar." "You did that! what a brilliant execution," wrote another. One user tweeted, "Sheila you are killing it every day but this was the best!!! @Beyonce, you have the best ambassador here in Philly! She makes traffic as fun as you make music!!!"
This was way more fun than I was expecting. Thanks for this! 😁❤️— Grunklewaddles (@grunklewaddles) August 3, 2022
This is everything!!! So cute lol— B7.ISsss.COMING (@BeyonceCrowned) August 3, 2022
I loved the hair flip at Beautiful Liar😂
you did that! what a brilliant execution 😍😍🔥🔥— louis is 👽SUPER⭐️ (@louishivee) August 3, 2022
Sheila you are killing it everyday but this was the best!!! @Beyonce you have the best ambassador here in Philly! She makes traffic as fun as you make music!!!— Karen Crane (@KarenMCrane) August 4, 2022
Watko on her Twitter created a trend with a caption, "When traffic is *jumpin, jumpin*, it's time to pay tribute to Queen Bey, who I am *dangerously in love* with @[email protected]#RENAISSANCE." She added, "A few days late, but I had to celebrate Bey Day. This time, @ErinColemanTV and @KeithJones even got in on the #Beyonce fun!"
She mispronounced the name Bey in her segment and quickly apologized on Twitter. She said, "I pronounced “Bey” wrong and I’m really embarrassed. I’m sorry to Beyoncé and the whole hive!"
I pronounced “Bey” wrong and I’m really embarrassed.😩 I’m sorry to Beyoncé and the whole hive!— Sheila Watko (@SheilaWatko) August 4, 2022
Thank you so much for noticing that! I was honestly a little messy with it today because it was sort of spur-of-the-moment (there was another big crash so I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, the crash cleared, and I rushed it together!)— Sheila Watko (@SheilaWatko) August 3, 2022
Watko's tribute came shortly after Beyoncé released 'Renaissance', her seventh studio album, on Friday, July 29. It was her first solo album in six years.