After giving a speech for winning Record of the Year for “Hello” (which beat “Formation”), Adele returned to the stage to accept her final Grammy of the evening. In her speech, she revealed that she became pregnant with her son Angelo after her big Grammys night five years ago.
“[Motherhood] is really hard… 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 humble and very grateful and gracious, but the artist of my life is Beyonce and this album to me, the Lemonade album is so monumental, Beyoncé. So monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul baring. 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.”
Adele’s comments made Beyoncé emotional and of course the camera operator closest to the Queen was able to capture her reaction/yours:
For a brief moment, it was unclear whether or not Adele was going to give her Grammy to Beyoncé. It was all too much for anyone to handle. Unfortunately, as The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets have concluded, Adele’s speech was more of a “dedication.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2017
However, Adele later spoke in the Grammys press room to further address her decision to give a shout out to Beyoncé, adding, “I felt like it was her time to win. My view is, kind of, what the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year? … The Grammys are very traditional, but I just thought this year, would be the year that they would kind of go with the tides.”