'I Can't Possibly Accept This': Adele Dedicates Album of the Year Grammy to Beyoncé in Tearful Tribute
She is now two-for-two, having previously won the award for her 2011 album 21. 25 received five nominations in total (several for its hit single, “Hello”).
As she took the stage again, Adele broke down in tears, shocked over her win. “As you can see, it took an army to make me strong and willing again to do it, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Five years ago, when I was last here, I also was pregnant and I didn’t know. … I found out shortly after — which was the biggest blessing of my life. And in my pregnancy and through becoming a mother I lost a lot of myself and I struggled — and I still do struggle—being a mom. It’s really hard, but tonight winning this feels full circle and like a bit of me has come back to myself.”
The singer quickly turned the tables around, saying she couldn’t “possibly accept this award.”
“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 just so monumental,” she said, acknowledging the expectant singer, who was mere steps away from her.
“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!”
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The mom of son Angelo touched on how Beyoncé’s music made her and her friends feel, including her African-American friends.
“[It] is empowering and you make them stand up for themselves and I love you,” Adele gushed. “I always have and I always will.”
As she concluded her speech, the 25 singer thanked those closest to her, and revealed that she was indeed married.
“Grammys, I appreciate it, the Academy I love you,” she said. “My manager, my husband, and my son, you’re the only reason I do it.”