Adele swept the Grammys Sunday night winning in every category she was nominated for, but she broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night, a happy accident as she declared it truly belongs to Beyoncé for her album Lemonade.
Adele explained that she believes Beyoncé’s album Lemonade deserved the award more than her own 25.
She enthusiastically claimed onstage:
“The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. 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.”
She later added backstage:
“I thought it was her year. What the f*ck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”
Adele won the night’s most prestigious awards; however, there were also wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.
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Many on social media compared Adele’s speech to the iconic scene from Mean Girls when Lindsay Lohan’s character Cady Heron broke her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces to share with the other contestants.
— junkyGS (@JunkyGS) February 13, 2017
This generation is too obsessed with themselves we need more people like Adele in this world for sharing her #GRAMMYs moment with Beyoncé
— Brandon Cotton (@brandooncotton) February 13, 2017
ADELE JUST PULLED A CADY HERON OMG pic.twitter.com/q06CCb21lM
— angie (@rightheredinah) February 13, 2017
Adele: 'I can't possibly accept this award…the Lemonade album was just so monumental' pic.twitter.com/B9XVbGwHdH
— Dan (@Dannyjames1234) February 13, 2017
However, many on social media also blamed “white privilege” for Beyoncé not winning the Album of the Year award and attributed Adele’s powerful speech to “white guilt”.
#Adele gave half of her Trophy to Beyonce as a participation Trophy.
When will white people stop feeling guilty for Winning?#GRAMMYs
— ThroughCensorship (@CensoredPatriot) February 13, 2017
"I thought it was [Beyoncé's] year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?" – Adele
"Be white," black America said.
— PrestonMitchum (@PrestonMitchum) February 13, 2017
Holy crap! Adele broke her grammy in half to give Beyonce the other half! This is the biggest case of white guilt I've ever seen! #GRAMMYs
— Banning me is racist (@this1isno1) February 13, 2017
Adele serving white guilt teas with this Beyonce speech. She knows stan twitter will come for her tonight
— Melania's IQ (@wh0rex) February 13, 2017
Why Beyonce didn't win and Adele did; white people love black music as long as black people don't make it. #GRAMMYS
— Kenneth Clyburn (@KenClyburn) February 13, 2017
What do you think about Adele’s Album of the Year acceptance speech?