Adele beats Beyonce to sweep Grammys

Publish Date
Monday, 13 February 2017, 6:18PM
Adele used her acceptance speech for her album of the year award to sing Beyonce's praises instead. Photo / AP / NZH

Adele has walked away the belle of the ball by winning five Grammy awards, taking home the statuettes for album, record and song of the year in a shock victory over Beyonce.

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The British singer won all the Grammys for which she was nominated, including for her comeback album 25 and her single Hello.

Beyonce, who had gone into the awards with a leading nine nominations for her Lemonade album, won just two.

"My queen and my idol is Queen B. I adore you," Adele said to Beyonce as she accepted her award.

"The Lemonade album was so monumental," she added.

Beyonce and Adele also had the most talked-about moments on a night marked by political statements, an emotional tribute to British pop star George Michael, and a rocking memorial to pioneering funk musician Prince.

In her first public appearance since her announcement 12 days ago that she is expecting twins, Beyonce donned a sheer, glittering gold dress and halo to sing ballads Love Drought and Sandcastles from her album Lemonade.

Moments later, Adele literally stopped the show after flubbing the start of a tribute to the late British pop star Michael.

"I'm sorry. I know it's live TV," she said, cursing, stopping her slow ballad version of Michael's Fastlove and asking to start again. "I can't mess this up for him (Michael)," she said.

Adele, 28, was competing head-on with Beyonce, 35, the only other artist to be nominated this year for all three top awards - album, song and record of the year.

Chance the Rapper was named best new artist while Twenty One Pilots won the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance for Stressed Out.

The other big Grammy winner was late great British singer David Bowie, who won all five of the nominations for his final album Blackstar, including best rock song.


Album Of The Year: 25 - Adele
Record Of The Year: Hello - Adele
Song Of The Year: Hello -- Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
Best New Artist: Chance The Rapper
Best Pop Vocal Album: 25 - Adele
Best Pop Solo Performance: Hello - Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Stressed Out - Twenty One Pilots
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin -- Willie Nelson
Best Dance Recording: Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skin - Flume
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Culcha Vulcha - Snarky Puppy
Best Rock Performance: Blackstar - David Bowie
Best Metal Performance: Dystopia - Megadeth
Best Rock Song: Blackstar - David Bowie
Best Rock Album: Tell Me I'm Pretty - Cage The Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album: Blackstar - David Bowie
Best R&B Performance: Cranes in the Sky - Solange
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Angel - Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Song: Lake By the Ocean - Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Lemonade - Beyonce
Best R&B Album: Lalah Hathaway Live - Lalah Hathaway
Best Rap Performance: No Problem - Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Best Rap/Sung Performance: Hotline Bling - Drake
Best Rap Song: Hotline Bling - Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)
Best Rap Album: Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper
Best Country Solo Performance: My Church - Maren Morris
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Jolene - Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
Best Country Song: Humble and Kind - Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
Best Country Album: A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Sturgill Simpson
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Take Me To The Alley - Gregory Porter
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Country For Old Men - John Scofield
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom -- Ted Nash Big Band
Best Latin Jazz Album: Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac - Chucho Valdes
Best Latin Pop Album: Un Besito Mas - Jesse & Joy
Best Traditional Blues Album: Porcupine Meat - Bobby Rush
Best Contemporary Blues Album: The Last Days Of Oakland - Fantastic Negrito
Best Folk Album: Undercurrent - Sarah Jarosz
Best Regional Roots Music Album: E Walea - Kalani Pe'a
Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley
Best World Music Album: Sing Me Home - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Best Music Video: Formation - Beyonce
Best Music Film: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years - (The Beatles)

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