Adele’s ’25’ has won Album of the Year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. The album, which has become the second-biggest selling of the millennium, took the victory over records by Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Sturgill Simpson. The British singer also won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album, which brings her to a lifetime total of 15 Grammys.
During her emotional acceptance speech, she paid tribute to Beyoncé, an artist who she beat out in three categories, and who many felt should have won the award for best album. She said:
“Tonight, winning this kind of feels full circle and like a bit of me has come back to myself. But I can’t possibly accept this award. I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. So monumental, so well thought-out, and so 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 us artists here adore you. You are our light and the way that 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 and I love you, I always have, and I always will.”
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In response, Beyoncé mouthed “I love you” at Adele. The singer-songwriter broke the trophy in two while on stage, which was seen as a gesture of solidarity but was apparently an accident.
Later in the press room, Adele explained that the reason she felt she needed to say something was because her album of the year was ‘Lemonade’. “She is my icon of my whole life,” she said. “I felt like it was her time to win. What the fuck does she have to do to win album of the year?”
Earlier during the awards, Adele performed her hit single ‘Hello’ from ’25’. Upon winning Record of the Year for that song, the singer-songwriter told Bey, “I adore you, and I want you to be my mommy.”
Adele also thank her management team for encouraging her to record ’25’.