by G. Brown
The 59th Grammy Awards show is history, but people are still buzzing about highlights like A Tribe Called Quest’s performance, the Prince tribute by Bruno Mars and The Time and that Ceelo Green ‘WTF’ gold outfit which spawned too many funny memes to count.
But the biggest buzz surrounds Beyoncé. While many are still praising her goddess-like performance and the mother-to-be basking in the worship of dancers bowing before her, some are a bit more critical.
Legendary musician Carlos Santana stirred a hornet’s nest with his opinion that Adele won Record of the Year because she is a better singer than Beyoncé. The name behind the group Santana has earned nine Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy’s and is one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time–so if anyone is going to weigh in on the music industry, it’s a veteran like Santana.
Santana commented on Adele’s “25” beating out Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” for this year’s Album of the Year saying, “I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing. 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.”
Santana went on to elaborate that Beyoncé is more show and flash, while Adele is just a voice. The Mexican-American musician said, “She [Adele] 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 has been a staple and legend on the music scene since the late 60’s with his emergence to fame while performing at Woodstock. He predates social media and rabid fandom, but his comments introduced him to something known as the Beyhive which stung back with a wrath…
Santana has since apologized using Facebook to post…
It doesn’t sound as if Santana had a hidden agenda, but many were surprised that he threw any kind shade especially since the two performed together in 2003’s pre-game show before the Super Bowl. Bey’s fans used that history as the reason why Santana should have been more reserved in casting negative comments.
Others without even knowing it, may be agreeing with Santana while trying to defend Beyoncé. A Huffington Post article says “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 movement, a cultural event that basically stopped the world (world stop) for a minute. 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.” All of which true, but distinguishes between Adele’s “wonderfully talented” voice and Bey’s album as the voice of a people behind a cultural movement.
Both sides are right…and entitled to their opinion. The world is full of different tastes and preferences. Adele may not appeal to everyone…but then again, neither will Beyoncé or Santana. But preferring one over the other isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a choice. Santana choosing to say Adele is a better singer is just his choice, his opinion. All be it one he perhaps should have kept to himself.