Solange has spoken out about the result of this weekend’s Grammy Awards, which saw Adele awarded Album Of The Year for ‘25’, over Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Having already won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for ‘Hello’, Adele took to the stage to collect her award for Album Of The Year, but admitted she felt uncomfortable accepting it, because she felt it belonged to Beyoncé.
She insisted: “The ‘Lemonade’ album was so monumental, Beyoncé, and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-bearing, and we all got to see another side to you that we don’t always let us see.
“All us artists here, we fucking 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.”
Solange, Beyoncé’s younger sister, has now shared her take on the matter, claiming it’s yet another example of the Grammys’ underappreciation for black artists.
She tweeted on Monday (13 February): “There have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for Album Of The Year. There have been over 200 black [artists] who have performed.
“Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold my g’s.”
Prior to this, she had shared a Tumblr post from Frank Ocean, in which he described why he had deliberately not submitted his latest album ‘Blonde’ for consideration at the Grammys, accusing them of “cultural bias”.
“Believe the people. Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your [programme] on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep… and if you’re up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from, then I’m all for it.”
Solange has since deleted her tweets.
Following Beck’s victory in 2015, rapper Kanye West made similar comments to Solange and Frank Ocean, suggesting the Grammys were keen to invite black artists to perform for ratings, but their committee would hesitate to give them awards.