Adele's Broken Grammy Is Much More Than A "Mean Girls" Reference

Adele's Broken Grammy Is Much More Than A "Mean Girls" Reference

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Last weekend's Grammy Awards were truly one to remember. Newcomers, Twenty One Pilots, accepted their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance in their underwear. Chance The Rapper accepted the award for Best New Artist. And a pregnant Beyonce rocked the Greek Theatre with a jaw-dropping performance.

But the real talk of the night came at the very end of the show when it was announced that Adele was awarded Album of the Year for "25," the highest of honors. And while initially there was much praise for Adele, as her album brought hits such as "Hello" and "When We Were Young," many were surprised as that Beyonce was also nominated in the same category for her critically acclaimed album "Lemonade."

Upon many critics of Beyonce's lack of recognition was Adele herself. “I can’t possibly accept this award, " Adele says, "The Lemonade album, Beyoncé, was so monumental, and so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-bearing. And we all got to see another side of you that you don't always let us see, and we appreciate that. And all us artists adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you. I always have. And I always will." Beyonce couldn't help but tear up during Adele's acceptance speech.

Many people believe that Beyonce was snubbed her Grammy Award for two main reasons. The first, being that "Lemonade" became an extremely politically charged album. In her single "Formation," Beyonce made numerous references to Black Lives Matter and standing up against police brutality. Beyonce continued to express these beliefs during her Super Bowl Halftime performance last year, as that her and her backup dancers dressed in Black Panther attire.

The second is that the Grammys, and many other award shows, have had a long history of bias towards white performers. Another example of bias show panels is the #OscarsSoWhite boycott that occurred after the 2016 Academy Awards due to their lack of racial diversity in their nominees. The Grammys have also followed this same pattern. Leaving many to believe, including Adele herself, that Adele won Album of the Year because of a racially biased judging panel. And while Adele's "25" was a fantastic album, it was no "Lemonade," nor could it compare to her previous album "21"; and even she knew that.

However, Adele's acceptance speech and physically breaking her award to "share" it with Beyonce conveyed a huge message about white privilege and how we should award artist's for their content, not their race. This proved to be a big win for both the African American community and intersectional feminists. Because after all, winning an award will feel much better knowing that you earned it, not because of the color of your skin. Congratulations to all of Sunday night's winners!

Cover Image Credit: Women's Health

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15 Texts We'd Get From Dogs If They Had Thumbs

"If you're reading this, send Milk Bones."
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Let's be real, anyone who has a dog knows that it if we could, we would text our dogs all day long. If they could text us, our thread would look something like...

1. "Are you coming home soon?! Let's go out!"

2. "So not to be weird... but you never ended up answering me last night... Am I the good boy? Idk I just want to be clear on our relationship I don't want to be lead on if I'm not."

3. "The cat is being such a bit** I literally can't stand her"

4. "Hey, just wondering, are you going to wear those black booties tonight? If you are, I'll chew the zipper out of the brown ones instead."

5. "Okay, so don't freak out, but something not so chill happened on the rug..."

6. "Are there any leftovers in the trash? I'm not gonna get into it, I was just curious. Love u."

7. "If you're reading this... bring Milk Bones."

8. "Hey, what's for dinner tonight?! Purina again?"

9. "Miss you!!"

10. "Are you gonna eat that food on the counter or is that for everyone? Asking for the cat."

11. "I LOVE YOU"

12. "OMG, I can't wait for you to come home on break! Can you sleep in the guest room tho? Mom said I could have your room when you moved out. Love u!"

13. "Ice cream date later?!"

14. "We should go for a walk I need to get my ass back in shape for summer. You should be my workout buddy!"

15. "Netflix and chill tonight?"

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Poetry On Odyssey: Hustle and Bustle This Holiday Season

"...Have conversation, turn off the cable..."

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It's Holiday season,

Time to be freezin'.

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it,

Don't stop now, you can't quit.

Numerous trips to grocery stores,

Pure mayhem when you walk through those doors.

Shelves bare,

You're ready to pull out your hair.

Long check-out lines,

Or delayed airlines.

Prepare and cook the turkey low and slow,

Wait for that golden brown skin to glow.

Place the gravy and cranberry sauce on the table,

Have conversation, turn off the cable.


Before you know it, Christmas is here,

The classic songs are music to our ears.

Yet we all dread the trips to the mall,

To find the perfect gifts, big or small.

The Christmas Tree Lighting floods TV stations,

With singers from all generations,

The scent of candy canes fill the air,

We wish the day runs smoothly, Lord, hear our prayer.

Lots of wrappers and bows cover the floor,

As we obsess over our presents more and more.


New Year's creeps up on us,

Throwing a party is always a plus.

Streamers, noisemakers, food,

Who knew planning the perfect party was of this magnitude.

The line at the liquor store gets longer and longer,

Because of the stress in picking a champagne or sparkling cider.

Deciding to prepare finger foods or a five-course meal,

Why not get take-out? DEAL!

Clock counts down from ten.

As the clock strikes one, we've made it to another year, AMEN!

Glasses clinking,

People drinking,

"Happy New Year,"

We cheer.

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