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Grammys 2017: Adele and Beyoncé’s big moments


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Adele swept the top honors at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, but the night was shared with Beyoncé. Adele went home with five total awards, including album of the year for “25.” Beyoncé won two, including best music video for “Formation” and best urban contemporary album for “Lemonade.” The two superstars each provided stellar performances. Beyoncé, who recently announced she’s expecting twins, reminded everyone why her nickname is Queen Bey with a powerful medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” The nine-minute set was a celebration of women and motherhood.

Adele opened the show with her hit “Hello.” She later performed a slowed arrangement of George Michael’s “Fastlove” in tribute to the singer, who died on Christmas Day. After a few verses, Adele uttered an expletive and stopped. “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him,” Adele said. She then beautifully powered through the song. The audience responded with a standing ovation. Adele’s evening got better when her single “Hello” won Grammy Awards for song and record of the year. During her acceptance speech for the latter, she professed her admiration for fellow nominee, Beyoncé.

“I adore you and I want you to be my mommy,” Adele quipped. Moments later when she won album of the year, Adele insisted Beyoncé deserved it more. “The artist of my life is Beyoncé, and this album to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, was just so monumental,” said a teary Adele to Beyoncé, who mouthed “I love you” from the audience. Adele broke her trophy in half — it’s not clear whether that was an accident, though it appeared to be — and backstage talked of how devastating Beyoncé’s loss was for her as a fan. “I was completely rooting for her, I voted for her,” Adele said. “I felt like it was her time to win. What the f*** does she have to do to win album of the year?”

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