The Grammys: Adele storms past Beyoncé to win album, record, and song of the year
Adele won the top three Grammy awards on Sunday, taking home the statuettes for album, record and song of the year in a shock victory over Beyoncé.
Adele won all five Grammys for which she was nominated, including for her comeback album “25” and her single “Hello.”
Beyoncé, who had gone into Sunday’s awards show with a leading nine nominations for her “Lemonade” album, an anthem to race, feminism, betrayal and empowerment, won just two.
“My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you,” Adele said to Beyoncé as she accepted one of her awards.
“The ‘Lemonade’ album was so monumental,” she added.
The main focus of the night had been on the duel between Beyoncé and Adele for the top awards.
In glittery gown, gilded crown and gold choker, a pregnant Beyoncé took the Grammy stage in a lengthy performance of two songs from her critically acclaimed album.
She was introduced by her mother and former stylist, Tina Knowles: “Ladies and gentlemen, with my mother’s pride, my daughter, Beyoncé.”
The flashy number was her first public performance since her surprise announcement 12 days ago that she is pregnant with twins.
Moments later, Adele literally stopped the show after flubbing the start of a tribute to the late British pop star George Michael.
“I’m sorry. I know it’s live TV,” she said, cursing, stopping her slow ballad version of Michael’s “Fastlove” and asking to start again. “I can’t mess this up for him [Michael],” she said.
Adele, 28, was competing head-on with Beyoncé, 35, the only other artist to be nominated this year for all three top awards - album, song and record of the year.
Chance the Rapper was named best new artist while Twenty One Pilots won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for “Stressed Out”.
The other big Grammy winner was late British singer David Bowie, who won all five of the nominations for his final album “Blackstar”, including best rock song.
Bowie had never won a Grammy in his lifetime for an individual album or song. “Blackstar” was released just days before his death in January 2016 of cancer.
Accepting the rock performance Grammy on Bowie’s behalf, band-mate Donny McCaslin called Bowie “an artistic genius and a funny-as-hell guy.”
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