Adele’s Grammy Win over Beyonce Sparks Controversy
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At the 59th Grammy Awards, Adele’s win over winner Beyonce for many top awards sparked controversy of racial bias in the voting process of the popular awards show.
Beyonce’s album Lemonade was expected to win over Adele’s 25, according to popular opinion.
Adele beat Beyonce for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.
However, in her acceptance speech at the Feb. 12 ceremony, Adele reluctantly accepted the win, and instead praised Beyonce’s album and the impact it’s had on her, her friends, and the rest of the world.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” Adele said.
She added, “All us artists her 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.” Beyonce was shown in the audience tearing up next to her husband, rapper Jay Z.
Adele’s win has done more than add more accolades to her name. It has also caused many people to question why Beyonce, who has been nominated for the same top awards in previous years, has still not won a despite back-to-back successful albums.
Some believe that racism and controversy had a hand in her win.
In a CNN article, author Kevin Powell said, “Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ made a lot of people uncomfortable, because it is so political, so spiritual, so unapologetically black, and so brutally honest about love, self-love, trust, betrayal.”
He continued, “We are still a nation that does not want to deal so directly with truth. Adele’s album is strong, but it is just songs about love. It is safe and uncontroversial; it breaks no new ground. And neither do Grammy voters, generally speaking, when it comes to picking winners of this particular award.”
Despite this, the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences insists that there is no problem and “the Grammys governing body is diverse and reflective of thematic industry’s artists.”
Six-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. told CNN that the Recording Academy is working on trying to be in step with the fans’ likes and dislikes.
“Most people don’t care who sings what,” he said. “There is no ‘black music’ or ‘white music.’ Make good art and people will listen to it.”