“I can’t possibly accept this award … my life is Beyoncé.”
On Sunday, the 59th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles, California. The night had many highlights including performances by Katy Perry and Beyoncé and tributes to late artists Prince and George Michael.
However, the award show highlights were not only the high-level performances, Adele stole the spotlight when delivering her acceptance speeches. The singer, who was the first artist in history to sweep the three major awards (Record, Song and Album of the Year) twice, delivered an emotional speech mentioning her post-partum depression and professing her love for Beyoncé.
“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” said Adele regarding her rough motherhood experience. The Grammy-winner mentioned her postpartum depression before in interviews, “My knowledge of postpartum — or post-natal, as we call it in England — is that you don’t want to be with your child,” Adele told Vanity Fair. “You’re worried you might hurt your child; you’re worried you weren’t doing a good job.” Beyoncé came forward about having a miscarriage and made public her struggles with pregnancy. On her album Lemonade, multiple times through the poetry sections the subject is brought up. The topic of postpartum depression is still much of a taboo. “I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant.”
Adele also mentioned how powerful Lemonade is, calling the album monumental. ” 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. 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 […] The Album of the Year for me was Lemonade.”