Adele was the toast of the music world at the 2017 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (12Feb17), picking up five honours and insisting her last belonged to Beyonce.
The singer, who opened the show with a performance of Hello, which earned her Record and Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance, ended the ceremony with a selfless tribute to her “idol”, Beyonce.
Clearly shocked to win the night’s Album of the Year prize – over Beyonce’s Lemonade – Adele hit the stage at the Staples Center in tears and gushed about the R&B superstar, who was standing in the front row with her husband Jay Z.
“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 Beyonce and this album to me, this Lemonade album, was just so monumental…,” she said, “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 get to see, and we appreciate that.
“All us artists here… adore you. You are our light. And the way 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.”
Accepting the Record of the Year prize minutes earlier, she told Beyonce, “You move my soul every single day, and you have done for nearly 17 years. I adore you… and I want you be my mummy!”
David Bowie was another five-award winner, picking up posthumous honours for his final album Blackstar, which was released just days before his death last year (16).