Adele won the hearts of many, and it wasn’t for her strong vocals. The singer took home five Grammy Awards including song and record of the year for her hit, “Hello,” but it wasn’t until she won album of the year for “25,” that she moved the entire audience to tears including Queen Bey herself.
When Adele returned to the stage to accept her well-deserved final Grammy she dedicated it to Beyoncé:
“But I can’t possibly accept this award and I’m very humble and very grateful and gracious, but the artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album is so monumental, Beyoncé. So monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul bearing. And we all got another side to you that you don’t always let us see and we appreciate that … all us artists here [expletive] 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; 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.”
As the camera captured Beyoncé’s reaction is was clear she was moved and we even saw her mouth the words “I love you so much.” To many, this was a moment. Black girls everywhere felt both understood and appreciated. The album “Lemonade” was triumphant for women everywhere, but specifically black women. It was an album filled with encouragement and empowerment. Beyoncé showed the world how beautiful and strong black women are.
The visual album was dynamic even for Beyoncé herself. She showed a more vulnerable side of herself that we don’t usually get to see. In her acceptance speech for best urban contemporary album the expecting mama said, “It’s important for me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty.”
This is exactly what “Lemonade” did. It showed us how beautiful we truly are, and Adele understood this. She not only understood this but she expressed it. This was a moment for women; this was a moment for feminism. Adele figuratively stood hand in hand with black women and acknowledged our struggle and appreciated our grace and for that she deserves a “Seat at the Table.”