It’s official. Adele’s 25 was album of the year according to Sunday’s Grammys, though the Water Under the Bridge singer thought the honor should’ve gone to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.She made that fact known during her acceptance speech:
you can see, it took an army to make me strong and willing again and to
do it, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And five years
ago, when I was last here, I also was pregnant and I didn’t know, and
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. I mean I’ve struggled, and I still do struggle, being a mum.
It’s really hard. But tonight, winning this kind of feels full circle
and like a bit of me has come back to myself, but 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 for me,
the Lemonade album, was just so monumental. Beyoncé, it was 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 and all us artists here adore you. You are
our light and the way that 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. Grammys, I
appreciate it. The Academy I love you. My manager, my husband, and my
son, you’re the only reason I do it. Thank you so much. Thank you very
much to everybody.”