British singer Adele scored a perfect five at the 59th Grammy Awards, taking the top categories of album, record and song of the year following a long time away from the spotlight.
She also won points for humility, restarting a tribute to George Michael that she began off-key and paying homage to the artist considered her key rival for the top awards.
As she accepted the album of the year award for “25,” Adele paid homage to Bey.
“The ‘Lemonade’ album is monumental, so monumental, so well-thought-out, so beautiful and soul-baring,” Adele said as Beyoncé looked on from her seat in Staples Center and mouthed the words “Thank you.”
Adele’s hit single “Hello” also collected the song award, which recognizes songwriting, and record of the year, which factors in vocal performance and record production. In addition, she won the awards for pop vocal album and solo performance.
Beyonce, who received the most nominations this year, won two of her nine categories; “Lemonade” won for urban contemporary album and “Formation” won the music video award.
According to Vox, the Grammys tend to honour albums that have sold well and earned critical respect, which applies to both Lemonade and 25.
To be sure, 25 dwarfed Lemonade’s sales, crossing the 20 million mark worldwide since its release in late 2015. However, Lemonade was the third best-selling album of 2016 in the US. The second best-selling was, of course, 25.
And when it comes to critical acclaim, Lemonade was a year-end list mainstay and notched a Metacritic score of 92. While 25 notched a respectable performance in both measures, with a 75 on Metacritic, it didn’t measure up to Lemonade at all.
"25 is a fine album, especially for spending a rainy fall evening sipping wine by a roaring fire. But Lemonade sounds like the world we live in, the world of 2016 and 2017. Beyoncé will almost certainly win album of the year someday — but she might have to be about 30 years older and release an album of pop standard covers to make it happen," reports Vox.