On Sunday, Adele set a new record at the Grammys by becoming the first artist to ever sweep Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, twice. However, when she came back on stage to accept the final trophy of the night, for Album of the Year, she couldn’t help but share the spotlight with her own favorite artist and fellow nominee — Beyonce.
After the show, Adele opened up to reporters backstage about her tearful tribute to the “Lemonade” singer, and explained why she felt it was important to share the moment.
“She is my icon,” the singer said, explaining how she first heard Beyonce when she was 11 years old and was introduced to the Destiny’s Child song “No, No, No.”
“I fell in love immediately with her,” she recalled. “That was when I was 11, and I’m 28 now. And the way I felt when I heard ‘No, No, No’ was exactly the way I felt when I heard ‘Lemonade’ this year.”
The “Hello” singer commended Beyonce and her groundbreaking album, praising the icon for showing the world an edgy side of herself “that we hadn’t seen.”
“I felt blessed to be brought into that,” Adele added.
She went on to marvel at how impressive it is that Beyonce’s been “making such great music, for that long of a period, and still affects all of us.”
More than anything, Adele said she felt “like it was her time to win.”
“My view is, like, ‘What the f**k does she have to do to win Album of the Year?'” she explained. “The Grammys are very traditional, but I just thought this year would be the year that they would kind of go with the tide.”
Adele stressed that she was “very, very grateful for having won” but felt that she needed to honor her idol “because I love her.”
For more on the “Send My Love” singer’s momentous evening, check out the video below.
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