Was Beyonce Snubbed? Adele Won 'Album Of The Year' Award In 59th Grammy Awards Controversial

By Amjad Ali | Feb 22, 2017 01:33 AM EST
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Both Beyonce and Adele are the focal points of the 59th Grammy Awards 2017. Music lovers and observers closely monitored the contest between Adele and Beyonce. The decision for "Album of the Year" award triggered a debate over racial preferences in the mainstream media.

Beyonce and Adele contested for "Album of the Year" category that was decided in the favor of Adele. Other categories included "Record of the Year", "Best New Artist" and "Song of the year".

Beyonce was nominated in three main categories but the megastar could not achieve any. Beyonce was also not given the chance to a televised speech on the stage. Adele won the race for "Album of the Year", "Record of the Year", "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Solo Performance" categories while Beyonce was locked to "Best Urban Contemporary Award".

The Guardian reported that the black artist was snubbed by the Judges of Grammy awards. The source quoted Neil Portnow as saying that it is not the question of race. Neil is the boss of the Grammy awards. He admitted that there was a tough competition for the "Album of the Year" award but musicians do not believe in racial or ethnic divisions.

Adele spoke humanly on the victory stand. She said that "I can't possibly accept this award". Addressing on the stage, Adele said while referring to Beyonce "You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering." The Rolling Stone commented that all the Grammy voters are white and mostly male.

Another factor was that Adele's album scored a sale of 20 million copies, more than 9 million of which were sold alone in America. Voting timings, duration, season and other factors would have affected the score of Beyonce.

Beyonce's "Lemonade" was the third-best-selling album in the United States in 2016. More than 6 million copies of "Lemonade" were sold in the United States in 2016. Adele won six awards at the Grammy awards of 2012.

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