Grammys 2017: Read Adele's speech in full, 'my artist of my life is Beyonce'

'And this album to me, the 'Lemonade' album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it’s so monumental'

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Adele may have taken home Best Record at the 2017 Grammys, but even she realised that didn't make a whole bunch of sense in the year in which Beyoncé made Lemonade.

"Thank you. Hi, guys. Hi, everyone. Hi, hi, hi," she started. "As you can see it took an army to make me strong and willing again enough to do it. But thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Five years ago, when I was last here, I also was pregnant, and I didn’t know. And I was awarded that shortly after — I found out shortly after, which was the biggest blessing of my life."

"And in my pregnancy and through becoming a mother I lost a lot of myself. And I’ve struggled, and I still do struggle being a mom. It’s really hard. But tonight winning this kind of feels full-circle, and like a bit of me has come back to myself."

"But I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious. But my artist of my life is Beyoncé. And this album to me, the “Lemonade” album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it’s so monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see. And we appreciate that. And all us artists here adore you. 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. And you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have and I always will. Grammys, I appreciate it. The academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son. You’re the only reason I do it. Thank you so much. Thank you very much to everybody."

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Adele later broke her award in half - similar to the film Mean Girls - so that she could give the other part to Beyoncé; later extolling in the press room, "I remember when I was 11 years old, I was with some girlfriends, and we were practicing a song to do at an assembly. I probably suggested the Spice Girls, and they said have you heard [Destiny’s Child’s] ‘No No No’? And I was like, ‘no, no, no.’"


"I remember how I felt hearing her voice. I fell in love immediately with her. The way I felt when I first heard ‘No No No’ was exactly the same as when I first heard Lemonade last year... The other artists who mean that much to me are all dead.”

You can read the full list of winners here.

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