This year’s Grammy Awards seemed to be all about one special woman – Adele. The British singer swept the top categories but made headlines for dedicating the bulk of her acceptance speeches to Beyoncé. When she won for “Album of the Year,” she literally stood there crying saying she couldn’t accept the award because 25 wasn’t as good as the “monumental,” album, Lemonade.
When she appeared backstage, Adele broke a piece of her Grammy, said that she could now share it and then asked “what the f__ does she (Beyoncé) have to do” to win “Album of the Year?
Adele's speech side by side with Beyonce's reaction throughout pic.twitter.com/gpCLtIC8Er
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Of course, this has sparked a whole debate among serious music fans. On the one hand, Adele’s album was absolutely amazing. She took time off to have a baby and focus on motherhood and has been open about how hard it’s been to return to work. You can feel all of that angst and raw emotion in her recent music.
On the other hand, Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, seemed to spark a movement. People tuned in like crazy to watch the special when it aired on HBO and, as Adele pointed it, Queen Bey let us see a more intimate, personal side that has usually been concealed. It was risky and vulnerable and, ultimately, it didn’t get her the recognition that some feel she deserved.
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One person who is totally fine with the results is Carlos Santana. The acclaimed guitarist said: “I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing. With all respect to our sister Beyoncé…Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music—music to model a dress—she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her. Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins.”
Uhhhhh…. That is not going to go well. First of all, the Beyhive is going nuts since Beyoncé pulled off a pretty impressive performance at the Grammy’s despite the fact that she’s heavily pregnant with twins. Second, Adele has thrown her support behind Beyoncé so it’s unlikely that she’s going to love this “compliment” either.
To his credit, 67-year-old Santana took to Facebook to try to smooth things over. He wrote: “I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand. My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammys. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best.”
That’s probably not enough. What he said before was pretty rough, especially when you consider the fact that he and Beyoncé collaborated on a pre-game number during the SuperBowl event in 2003. Yikes.