Was Beyonce cheated out of Grammys by Adele?

Adele pulled off a clean sweep at the Grammys on Sunday, winning all five of her nominations including the top prize of Album of the Year for “25.” However, when reluctantly accepting the award, she readily admitted that she was rooting for Beyonce to win for her cultural and critical sensation “Lemonade.”

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That marked the third loss for Beyonce for Album of the Year. She was bested in 2010 for “I Am… Sasha Fierce” by Taylor Swift (“Fearless”), who, at age 20, became the youngest-winner ever. Beyonce was back in the hunt in 2015 with her self-titled disc but was edged out by Beck for “Morning Phase.” (An earlier version of this item erroneously reported that it was an album named for himself.)

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The recording academy president Neil Portnow explained away this third loss for Beyonce by saying, “When you go to vote on a piece of music — at least the way that I approach it — is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen. It’s a matter of what you react to and what in your mind as a professional really rises to the highest level of excellence in any given year. And that is going to be very subjective.”

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8 thoughts on “Was Beyonce cheated out of Grammys by Adele?

  1. Shamelessly dumb clickbait headline. Adele didn’t vote for herself and even if she had, it would have been only one vote so if Beyonce was cheated out of a big win by someone, it wasn’t Adele, it was the Grammy voters at large.

  2. I actually don’t know the Beyonce album in totality, but I do know the Adele 25 and it is excellent and every song is amazing! Beyonce and Adele are both talented and amazing, I think they both should win! I think we need to stop the comparisons and just accept that she won…Did Beyonce deserve a Grammy for Album of the year-yes. Did Adele-yes. there can only be one winner.

  3. Adele cheated Beyonce out of her Grammys? Mr. Sheehan, I don’t understand your maliciousness towards Adele, which was more than obvious in one of the videos posted on youtube. First of all, “25” had much broader appeal to general public (and therefore to Grammys voters) which is evident in Adele’s enormous record setting sales (did you know that “25” sold 6 times more albums than “Lemonade” – 9.2 million vs.1.5 million) and multiple hits. It is also just the second album to be certified diamond by RIAA in the last 10 years (the other, which is also interesting, is “21” by Adele) and was lauded as the “album that saved the music industry” at the end of 2015 (not the mention that it is the best selling album album in the US two years in a row, 2015 and 2016). This was enough of a reason for the recording industry to bestow “25” with Grammy since such huge accomplishments happen once in a blue moon. On the other hand, “Lemonade” spoke to a certain demographic and therefore didn’t have as broad appeal as “25” (not for the lack of trying since it incorporated r&b, rap, pop, rock and even country – with more than 60 song writers and more than 20 producers nvolved in the making of the album). I seriously doubt you have even listened to “Lemonade” once, I bet you’re just jumping on the band wagon. Feeling malicious towards Adele just because she messed up your predictions is not ok, shame on you, Mr. Sheehan.
    Shame! Shame! Shame!

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