On Sunday night’s 59th annual Grammy awards, British singer-songwriter Adele took home the top honors. The songstress won all five awards she was nominated for including Record and Song of the Year for “Hello,” and Album of the Year for 25.
However, the biggest takeaway was that Adele upset Beyoncé for her hit song “Formation” and album Lemonade. While Adele was thrilled for being the first artist to sweep the top honors twice, many of Beyoncé’s fans blamed white supremacy for her victory.
Of course, Adele was very humble in her acceptance speech saying that Beyoncé deserved the award more than her.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” Adele said. “I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious, but my life is Beyoncé.”
She continued. “The Lemonade album, Beyoncé, was so monumental, and so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-bearing. And we all got to see another side of you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists 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.”
It was nice to see that Adele was graceful while accepting her award. She even broke her Grammy trophy in half. However, Adele mentioning that she had “black friends” certainly caused a stir and reeked more of white supremacy than her victory.
Adele: my black friends— Offset Flair (@DaGawdDMoney) February 13, 2017
Black twitter: pic.twitter.com/5iHZCucJuL
That was nice of Adele but "the way you make my Black friends feel" made me cringe just a 'lil, lol. Idk.— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 13, 2017
Adele almost had it ... right up until "the way you make my black friends feel." Oof.— Daniel M. Jimenez (@DMJreports) February 13, 2017
Of course, there were many who recognized what Adele really meant by saying “my black friends.”
Y'all heard a white woman say "my black friends" and completely ignored context or fact that she was acknowledging who Bey's music is for— Lord Deuce (@ab_deuces) February 13, 2017
Watch her whole Grammy acceptance speech below: