In An Emotional Grammys Speech, Adele Dedicates Her Big Win To Beyoncé

"I love you. I always have, and I always will."

At Sunday night's 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Adele won five categories, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Hello," as well as Album of the Year for 25. Based on the social media reaction, many believed that Beyoncé — who has been nominated three times for Album of the Year but never won — should have been the one accepting the award for Lemonade.

As it turns out, even Adele thought so.

The British singer, who was already sporting a lemon brooch at the event in honor of her fellow nominee, spoke highly of Beyoncé in two of her acceptance speeches. "You move my soul every single day, and you have done for nearly 17 years," she said while accepting Record of the Year. "I adore you, and I want you to be my mummy."

Then, during her Album of the Year speech, after speaking briefly about her journey as a mother since her last win in the same category in 2012, Adele tearfully spoke about how much Beyoncé's album meant to her.

I can't possibly accept this award, and I'm very humbled and grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental, and so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-bearing, and we all got to see another side to you that you don't always let us see, and we appreciate that. All us artists here, we fucking adore you. You are our light. And the way that you made me and my friends feel, the way you made my Black friends feel, is empowering, and you made them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have, and I always will.


Beyoncé, who earlier in the night delivered a spectacular live performance and accepted Best Urban Contemporary Album by calling Lemonade "a body of work that would give a voice to our pain," watched Adele's speech with tears in her eyes. She mouthed "thank you" and "I love you" repeatedly.

It was a beautiful moment of support between artists. It's especially important to witness such mutual respect between famous women, as opposed to the cattiness that is often encouraged or even invented by the public and the media. It's also proof that even the most successful and talented people can still be deeply moved by other people's art.

Watch Adele's full speech in the video below:


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