Adele was the big winner at last night’s Grammy Awards, pulling down wins for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25 and Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Hello.” If you’re of the opinion that Lemonade was the better album, you’re not alone: Adele herself used her Album of the Year acceptance speech to sing Beyoncé’s praises, going so far as to say she could not “possibly accept this award.”
While onstage accepting the award, Adele broke the gramophone speaker off of the trophy. The moment didn’t show up on the Grammys telecast, and it’s unclear whether it was an accident or a purposeful show of solidarity with Bey. It should also be noted that the trophies the winners hold onstage are just props, to be swapped in later for the actual award, so it’s not like Adele destroyed a historical artifact.
In the press area backstage after the show, Adele continued to rave about Beyoncé, calling herself a stan for the “Formation” singer. “Like I said in my speech, my album of the year is Lemonade. So a piece of me did die inside, as a Beyoncé stan — not going to lie,” she said. “I was completely rooting for her, I voted for her. I felt like it was her time to win. What the fuck does she have to do to win album of the year?”
Adele on Beyoncé backstage: "I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win album of the year?"
— Andrew Barker (@barkerrant) February 13, 2017
Watch Adele’s Album of the Year acceptance speech below.