Adele Splits Trophy in Half After Dedicating Grammys Win to Beyonce: "What the F— Does She Have to Do to Win?"
After turning her Album of the Year speech into a tear-filled Beyonce tribute, the night's winner was photographed onstage with her trophy split into two pieces.
Adele's 25 won album of the year at the 2017 Grammys on Sunday night, minutes after the singer accepted the accolade for record of the year for "Hello."
The British singer came back onstage to accept album of the year to thank her husband and son and pay a tear-filled tribute to her "idol" and fellow nominee Beyonce: "The artist of my life is Beyonce, and the Lemonade album was just so monumental."
Adele went on to further laud Beyonce, thanking her for letting us "see another side to her" that is not always apparent through her work in the reflective and critically acclaimed Lemonade: "All of us artists here adore you, you are our light."
"I can't possibly accept this award," she said. "The Lemonade album... was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing... we appreciate that."
Beyonce, standing with husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy, listened from the audience with tears in her eyes.
After the moving acceptance speech, Adele was photographed on stage holding her trophy, now split in half. According to People, she planned to share the trophy with Beyonce.
Speaking to press afterwards, Adele explained why she dedicated her win to the Lemonade singer.
"I spoke to [Beyonce] before just to let her know how honored and privileged I felt to be nominated alongside her, and we spoke afterward as well and she was very gracious and humble, as always, as we've come to expect," she said. "And the reason I felt the need to say something is because my album of the year is Lemonade. She is my icon of my whole life."
She added, "I felt like it was her time to win. What the f— does she have to do to win album of the year? That's how I feel."
Adele beat out Justin Bieber's Purpose, Beyonce's Lemonade, Drake's Views and Sturgill Simpson's A Sailor's Guide to the Earth for the honor.
It marked her fifth win for the night. She also claimed honors for song of the year and record of the year for "Hello" as well as best pop vocal album and best pop solo performance.
This is Adele's second year being nominated in this category and now second win. She also became the first person to sweep album, record and song of the year twice.
Heading into the show, Beyonce led all nominees with a total of nine, while Adele had five total noms (she won all the categories for which she was nominated). Overall, Beyonce claimed two honors, for music video and urban contemporary album.
The 59th annual Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, aired live from L.A.'s Staples Center on CBS. See all the winners here.