The mogul mama, recently named People magazine's Most Beautiful woman of 2012, is set to win a writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists on May 15.
The sexy songstress will be singled out for her July 2011 Essence magazine cover story "Eat, Play, Love," which chronicled her nine-month hiatus from the biz in 2010.
She wrote about "savoring" the "tiny moments," traveling with hubby Jay-Z, discovering her love of artichokes, jumping from yachts and going undercover as a Harajuku girl in Tokyo nightclubs.
"I'm grateful for the time I gave myself to breathe," she wrote, crediting the personal retreat with a "creative reawakening."
The Grammy winner, who gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter in January, doesn't mention the miscarriage Jay-Z revealed in a recent song.
"She's a real writer. We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison," Essence entertainment director Cori Murray told The News.