This year’s Grammys gave us many unforgettable and touching moments, but one that stuck with us the most was Adele´s confession of her love for Beyoncé.
In case you missed it, the ‘25’ singer, who won five awards on the night, offered her most sought after prize, Album of the Year, to Queen B, claiming she deserved it more.
But what’s interesting about this dedication to Beyoncé, is that the two musicians were put up against each other in the media prior to the event.
Naturally, as the pair had many nominations between them (Beyoncé nine, Adele five), and both were up for three of the most prestigious awards, they were seen as threats to each other.
However, while Adele emotionally told Beyoncé her Lemonade album was “so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring”, Beyoncé herself mouthed “I love you” to the winner while her eyes filled with tears.
The Grammys wasn’t the first time admiration between the two artists has been obvious. The pair have always seemed to respect and appreciate one another. Their ‘womance’ (woman-romance) can be traced back to 2011, when Adele confessed to having a panic attack at the thought of meeting Beyoncé.
In 2015, Adele also shut down rumours that she had refused to collaborate with Beyoncé on her album 25, stating that “Anyone who knows me, knows that my main priority in life, outside of my child, is Beyoncé.”
Then, Queen B admitted that the admiration goes both ways. “It is so easy to talk to her and be around her,” Beyoncé told Vanity Fair. “She’s funny as hell and her comebacks are legendary. The most beautiful thing about Adele is that she has her priorities straight. She is a gracious woman, and the most humble human I’ve ever met.”
The respect these two clearly have for each other, their support and admiration, is something that’s not often seen in today’s music industry. Two women, put up against each other, described as threats, aren’t normally this nice to each other. Need we be reminded of the Miley Cyrus/Nikki Minaj episode following the 2015 VMAs, to show us exactly what not to do?
This friendship Adele and Beyoncé share is something we could all learn from. In today’s society women tend to see each other as competition — they compete for boys, jobs, clothes, looks, the list goes on — they rarely take a step back to admire the women they’re pitting themselves against.
And yes, a bit of competition is good, but shouldn’t women be working together, to eradicate sexism, racism and homophobia?
Isn’t working together and supporting each other – being on the same team – better than using all your energy to try to beat the other?
Shouldn’t we see Beyoncé and Adele’s womance as a guideline for how we should treat other women? Complimenting them, helping them, supporting them, are much better ways to make sure women prosper. We have way too much to deal with in the world without being at each other’s throats.
Seeing two women admire, respect and complement each other doesn’t happen often, but Adele and Beyoncé just brought it into style.
Words: Maddie Milton