Online backlash against the Recording Academy was swift – and Beyoncé’s sister Solange seemed to join the hundreds of social media users who believed the Queen Bey was snubbed.
Within minutes of the final award of the year being announced, Solange — who picked up her own Grammy, for best R&B performance — posted a cryptic message to Twitter, which she has since deleted.
She simply wrote: “Wuddup frank,” including a link to a Tumblr post from singer Frank Ocean in which he criticizes Grammy organizers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild, noting that the show suffers “cultural bias and general nerve damage.”
Adele and Beyoncé were in fierce competition during the show, as both were nominated for awards including record of the year, song of the year, and album of the year. Adele won out in all three categories for 25 and “Hello.”
The “Hello” crooner walked away with all three of the awards. And other online pundits soon piled on.
“I love Adele and I love 25 but Beyoncé and Lemonade shaped pop culture more than any other artist and album in 2016,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another quipped: “Adele is a great artist, but come on. Beyoncé made a timeless masterpiece.”
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“Lemonade won the popular vote,” one tweeter quipped.
Another wrote: “Wouldn’t blame Beyoncé if she never bothered with this show again. #Grammys.”
“It was so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring,” Adele continued. “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 adore you. You are our light!”
Beyoncé did not go home empty-handed, though. The expectant mother nabbed the Grammys for best urban contemporary album (for Lemonade) and best music video (for “Formation”).