UPDATE: Feb. 15, 2017 ― On Tuesday night, Santana clarified the comments he made about Beyonce, writing on Facebook that his “intent was to congratulate Adele” and that he has “the utmost respect for Beyonce.”
At Sunday night’s Grammy Awards ceremony, Adele took home the award for Album of the Year, beating out Beyoncé for the top prize. The Beyhive wasn’t impressed, nor was Adele herself, who thought Beyoncé deserved the award.
Carlos Santana, on the other hand, fully supports the British singer’s win.
“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana recently told the Australian Associated Press, before elaborating on his opinion.
“With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music ― music to model a dress ― she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her,” the Mexican-American musician added.
“Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana said.
But Beyoncé’s props, dancers and elaborate stage sets are part of the reason people love her. They’re also what made the “Drunk In Love” singer’s performance the most memorable of the night. And need we remind you, she is pregnant. Still, she managed to slay the stage like only she can.
All of this isn’t to say Adele wasn’t deserving of the award. She’s a wonderfully talented singer, and “25” is a great album. But “Lemonade” was a moment ― “a cultural event” ― that basically stopped the world (world stop) when it was released. Beyond that, Beyoncé is the most-nominated woman in the history of the Grammys ― she’s earned 62 noms ― yet she’s never won Album of the Year. Ever.
Even Adele was baffled during the ceremony, telling the press, “What the fuck does [Beyoncé] have to do to win Album of the Year?”
If we knew the answer, we probably wouldn’t be here.