Pop diva Adele has swept the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, picking up five of the coveted gongs, three of which were the Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday, February the 12th, at the Los Angeles Staples Center.
The 28-year-old singer was also recognized with the Album of the Year award – probably the most valued category, however, she modestly admitted she did not think her album “25” was most deserving of the award. Instead, she decided to share it with Beyoncé Knowles, whose ‘monumental’ album Lemonade the English singer thought equally worthy of recognition.
“I can’t possibly accept this award and I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful but the artist of my life is Beyoncé. This album to me, the Lemonade album was just so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring,” Adele admitted.
“The way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is so empowering. I love you. I always have and I always will.”
Beyoncé, who had the most nominations with 9 but won in only two categories, could not hold back the tears while she was listening to the Tottenham-born singer’s acceptance speech.
Adele then went on to break the gong in two, as a symbolic way of sharing it with her colleague.
Speaking at a press conference backstage, Adele admitted to having voted for Lemonade: “Like I said in my speech, my album of the year is Lemonade. So a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyoncé fan – not going to lie.
“I was completely rooting for her, I voted for her. I felt like it was her time to win. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”
With these five awards, Adele has taken her Grammy tally to 15.
Another highlight of the evening was her tribute to deceased pop legend George Michael when she performed his 1996 hit ‘Fast Love’, in a fresh new arrangement.