Adele’s GRAMMY Speech for Album of the Year Was Actually a Tribute to the “Artist of Her Life,” Beyonce (and She Broke the Award in Half)

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Beyonce walked away with two GRAMMYs during the 59th Annual ceremony, but it was Adele who took home biggest prizes of the evening, beating and thanking Queen Bey along the way.


Adele is the proud owner of five new trophies including: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Hello,” plus Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25.

Her Album of the Year win makes her only the second female ever to win the award twice, after Taylor Swift did it last year.

Though Adele obviously had the night of her life, she couldn’t walk away without thanking the woman of the hour– according to her.

While beating out Beyonce for the three biggest awards, Adele closed out her speech by thanking her for being “the artist of her life.”

After telling everyone in the room “hi” about six times and describing the album making process to the crowd, Adele started in on her tribute, “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 to me, the “Lemonade” album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it’s so monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring 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.”

And then, she broke the trophy in half to give to Beyonce.