According to Kanye West, Beyonce is the greatest artist of all time. Adele thinks so too, but she had a much classier way to express her feelings–no throwing Taylor Swift under the bus required.
At the Grammys this weekend, Adele made history. She won Album of the Year for her hit 25. She also took home Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Hello.” This isn’t her first time at the rodeo, though. In fact, Adele is the first person ever to claim all the top awards for a second time in her career.
Rather than being a diva and soaking up the praise, Adele used her victory speeches to give a shout out to her idol, Beyonce.
“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said. “My artist of my life is Beyonce.” She then turned to Beyonce directly to tell her that Lemonade was “so monumental and so well thought-out and so beautiful…the way you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering.”
She then broke her Grammy award into two pieces, presumably to split with Beyonce. Though heroic, people can’t help pointing out the Mean Girls reference. In that movie, Cady Heron (played by Lindsay Lohan) breaks apart her Spring Fling Queen tiara to share with all the girls at school.
If that weren’t a nice enough move, Adele also focused on doing justice to the late George Michael in her tribute. When she felt like she flubbed a few notes, she backtracked and started again. Sure, she had her trademark cursing interjected when she screwed up. But why not make a tribute live up to your standards.
Of course, Beyonce had her moment to shine as well. Lemonade took home a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album. But Beyonce’s live performance was what really stunned. She debuted her baby bump for the first time at a performance, singing “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles.” So don’t worry, Adele. Your hero stole the spotlight regardless of who won.