Adele took home song of the year, record of the year and album of the year at the 59th annual Grammys, beating Beyonce for the wins. The “Hello” singer dedicated her album of the year win to Beyonce, going as far as to break the trophy in half and proclaim after the telecast: “I voted for her. I felt like it was her time to win. What the f–k does she have to do to win album of the year?”
Adele also praised Beyonce during her acceptance speech, telling the crowd, “I can’t possibly accept this award. The ‘Lemonade’ album was just so monumental, Beyonce. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… We appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”
The “Lemonade” superstar sat in the front row smiling and was brought to tears by Adele’s words.
Many music industry watchers and fans felt it was Beyonce’s year to take home album the year. Queen Bey has been nominated for the trophy three times during her career and fans took to social media to say Adele’s win was a mistake.
Beyonce got robbed, should’ve won album of the year. @RecordingAcad
— UberWouz ♉️🇳🇬 (@wouzy_) February 13, 2017
Beyoncé did deserve to win album of the year and I’m so glad Adele recognised that
— elyse (@elyse__e) February 13, 2017
You KNOW it’s getting ridiculous when Adele is out here apologizing for winning the Grammy over Beyoncé. #GRAMMYs #smh
— Ardnax Oleg 🇺🇸 (@A_of_the_angels) February 13, 2017
@Beyonce You are a national treasure and a global icon. Grammy voters got it wrong but Adele and history will get it right. #Lemonade4Ever
— Kamala Salmon (@KammieKane) February 13, 2017
Some also implied Adele’s win was racist. One Daily Beast writer declared “We talk a lot about #OscarsSoWhite and politics colliding with entertainment awards shows. And there is no awards show that is more culturally embarrassing than the Grammy Awards.” A Vogue writer added, “Is it too early to start a #GrammysSoWhite campaign?”
By Monday morning, #GrammysSoRacist was gaining some attention on Twitter along with #GrammysSoWhite.
But others argued, despite Adele’s protests, it was her turn to win album of the year.
25 is better than Lemonade. Adele deserved it
— JRubez (@jesserubens) February 13, 2017
@Adele you deserved every #grammy for #25 even the one you don’t think you did.
— Arlie (@plumabd) February 13, 2017
Ok ok. Lemonade is great. Really great. So is 25, no one should be upset to see one of them winning album of the year.
Adele deserved it
— Reda (@3th_Paris) February 13, 2017