Adele won big yet again at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night as her album 25” was named Album of the Year.
However, it was Adele’s acceptance speech for AOTY that really took home the prize. It was when she took the stage to accept the award, the visibly emotional singer told the audience that she shouldn’t have won.
“I can’t possibly accept this award, and I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album, to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was so monumental Beyoncé,” Adele said of Beyoncé’s 2016 album, which was nominated in the same category as “25.”
“It was so monumental and so well-thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring, and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see and we appreciate that.”
“You are our light,” she added. “And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering. You make them stand up for themselves and I love you. I always have and I always will.”
The heartfelt speech brought Beyoncé to tears as she sat and listened from the front row.
Adele ended up winning five Grammys on Sunday night, while Beyoncé only took home two awards ― for Best Music Video and Best Urban Contemporary Album. According to Billboard’s Nat Adderley, no black woman has won Album of the Year since Lauryn Hill in 1999.
Adele also praised Beyoncé after winning Record of the Year for “Hello”. “My idol is Queen Bey, and I adore you and you move my soul every single day and you have done [so] for nearly 17 years. I adore you and I want you to be my mummy.”