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Somehow, incredibly, Beyoncé didn't win Album of the Year at the Grammys last night

Adele won instead. Even she thought it was a joke.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards - Show Source: Matt Sayles

ADELE HAD HER very own Kanye moment at last night’s Grammy awards, joining the chorus of disbelief at Beyoncé not winning Album Of The Year.

2016 was the year of many things, but in musical terms it was the year of Lemondade, Beyoncé’s visual album released last April to much acclaim.

Last night at the Grammys, Adele’s 25 won the big prize of the night, a prize that many assumed would go to Queen Bey. Adele’s Hello also won Record of the Year and Song of the Year (which somehow, confusingly, are different things).

Don’t get us wrong Adele hun, we love you, but that prize was Beyoncé’s. The British singer herself acknowledged this both on stage in various speeches and after the ceremony.

She dedicated her Album of the Year award to Beyoncé, calling her “my artist of my life” and even had a true Mean Girls moment:


Vox suggests that the reason for Adele’s clean sweep was that “Beyoncé’s natural voting base ended up split with a couple of other albums”.

 The power structures of the music industry, like the power structures of every industry in America, are full of aging white baby boomers, who might be outnumbered in aggregate by younger, more diverse people, but who also tend to vote as a bloc and promote the sorts of things that appeal to their ears.

Beyoncé’s sister Solange won an award for Best R&B Performance for the excellent Cranes in the Sky, and after the ceremony tweeted a link to Frank Ocean’s tumblr post from last year explaining why he didn’t want his work considered for the Grammys.

He criticised Taylor Swift’s 1989 winning Album of the Year 2015 over Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and referenced the “cultural bias and general nerve damage” suffered by the Grammys.

Oh, Lemonade did win Best Urban Contemporary Album and best music video for Formation. Cheers.

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards - Press Room Source: Chris Pizzello

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