If you aren’t familiar with the Grammy’s, what you have to know is that the Album of the Year Award is the most sought-after award. It’s the crème de la crème when it comes to music awards — a testament to an artist’s hard work. This year, Album of the Year hopefuls included Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Adele’s “25,” Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” Drake’s “Views,” and Sturgill Simpson’s “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.” We were all pretty sure Queen Bey was gonna bring home that award. “Lemonade” was a political, cultural, and social anthem that broke barriers. It had everyone listening.
This wasn’t the first time that Bey was snubbed in the Grammy’s. First was back in 2010 where she lost to Taylor Swift’s “Fearless”, then in 2015 when Beck’s “Morning Phase” took home the coveted award, and this year to Adele. Musicians like Frank Ocean have expressed their concern over the 59th Grammy Awards, even Adele. In her acceptance speech, she thanked her family and those behind her album. However, she also shared her own two cents on who she felt like deserved the award the most — Beyoncé. “I can’t possibly accept this award. I’m very humbled and very grateful and gracious but my life is Beyoncé, and the album to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album was so monumental, and so well thought out. It is so beautiful and soul bearing, and we all got to see another side of you that you don’t always let us see. We appreciate that,” she says. In the end, she broke the broke the Grammy award in two (Uh, Cady Heron is that you?) and the mutual admiration of between the two was still evident after the event.
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Whether or not Adele really gave a piece to Bey, we’ll never know, but what we can say is that even the greats know when to show respect. “Lemonade” and “25” are two different albums (both winning in our books) and Adele showed that she understands that. In her speech she acknowledges the Academy’s decision and Beyoncé’s work as well. Her actions spoke volumes of her esteem for the music, and to the artists that create it. Always act and interact with grace, care, and respect all throughout. And in the end, it’ll be returned to you.
Bravo, Adele. As for the rest of the Academy, we’re waiting for that change. Don’t wait for an online campaign to get you woke.
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