Adele reluctantly accepted the top Grammy accolades on Sunday [February 12, 2017] night after edging Beyoncé’s Lemonade out for album, song and record of the year.
Her wins at the 59th annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles came after Adele repeatedly apologized for having to restart her tribute to George Michael during the show. She nearly apologized again after receiving the album of the year for 25.
In an emotional speech closing the mammoth award ceremony, Adele declared the award truly belonged to Beyonce, who was standing just feet away in the front row.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” a tearful Adele announced.
“I’m very grateful and very gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyonce, and this album for me … the Lemonade album was so monumental, well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring. 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 f**king adore you,” she said, marking her second f-bomb of the night (after using a previous speech to apologise for her first).
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Her wins came at the end of a politically charged ceremony where rapper Busta Rhymes referred to Donald Trump as “President Agent Orange.”
After a night of hurried political statements, A Tribe Called Quest delivered a vigorous rebuke to the new presidential administration during a tribute to Phife Dawg, who died in March 2016. The group said the performance of We The People was also in honor of protesters.
The hip-hop group was joined by Rhymes who thanked “President Agent Orange” for “perpetuating evil in the United States”. The tribute ended with people of different races gathered on stage as Q-Tip repeatedly shouted: “Resist” as the camera faded to commercial.
Their performance was matched in intensity only by Beyoncé, who woke up a sleepy show with a lengthy spoken-word introduction that boomed from the speakers as a psychedelic video of Beyoncé, and dozens of other women, played on stage.
The set was evocative of the resplendent Instagram post Beyoncé used to announce her pregnancy, two weeks before the ceremony. And the extravagance continued as she walked across a table for her performance of two tracks from Lemonade – Love Drought and Sandcastles – in a glittering gold dress.
Hattip to The Guardian, News.co.au.