Adele dedicates her Album of the Year award to Beyoncé at the Grammys
Adele dedicated her Album of the Year award to Beyoncé during her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards last night.
It was Adele who took home the prize of the night at the Grammy Awards, after winning Album of the Year for her work 25. It was the British singer’s fifth win of the evening but when it came to collecting her final award, Adele decided that she could not accept the title.
After thanking her team and support network, Adele turned to the artist she felt was a better deserving winner: Beyoncé.
“I’m very humbled and grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé.
“The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that.
“All of us artists here f**king adore you. You are our light, and the way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves.
“I love you, I always have and I always will.”
Adele later told reporters backstage: “I was completely rooting for her, I voted for her. I thought it was her year. What the f**k does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”
Queen B’s visual album Lemonade was considered one of the most groundbreaking artworks of 2016, as a piece highlighting the hardships and celebrating the resilience of black women in America. The 60-minute film was divided into 11 chapters using strong visual imagery and interjections of poetry and extracts from Modern and Black Feminists.
The fact that Beyoncé was not recognised for her album has sparked discussion once again about the awards industry’s inability to represent black culture and elevate the voices of black artists.
Frank Ocean has spoken out about the Grammys‘ lack of representation in the past. During November of last year, he stated: “That institution certainly has nostalgic importance.
“It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”
“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated.”