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Is it really a racial thing? Let’s look at the facts…(Beyonce vs. Adele)

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve probably already heard about what happened at the Grammys.

People are still reeling from the fact that, once again, another artist beat Beyonce for the Album of the Year Award. I was unaware that this was the third time that this has happened to her, but Adele’s 25 took home the W.

Right off the break we get people claiming that it’s a racial issue. A lot of people are saying that the only reason why Beyonce lost was because she’s black. Now, don’t get me wrong, Beyonce is an extremely talented singer and a phenomenal entertainer, but I’m kind of sad that, out of all the reasons that could’ve caused her to lose this award, the first thing that came to mind was her race.

I’m a little sick of people playing the race card. I am aware that there are some things that are racially fueled, but to pull that card every time something doesn’t go our way isn’t necessary. If we continue to do this than people won’t take us seriously when something pressing really does happen.

So, instead of immediately jumping on the “Grammys are racist” bandwagon, I decided to take a look at the numbers and do a little research. I looked at the album sales, the tour sales and single sales and thought that it would be best to base my opinion off of that.

Since I know that majority of you won’t do that, I’ve decided to do it for you. I’ve looked up some facts on, both, 25 and Lemonade and I want you guys to take a look and let me know if you thought the award was rightfully or wrongfully given.


Beyonce – Lemonade


  • Release Date: April 23, 2016
  • Described as “a conceptual project based on every women’s journey of self knowledge and healing.”
  • Debuted at number one of US Billboard 200. Sold 485,000 copies in its first week (653,000 with additional album-equivalent units, which includes streaming and single song downloads).
  • Streamed 115 million times during its first week via Tidal. This set a record for the most streamed album in a single week by a female artist in history.
  • She became the first female to chart 12 or more songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, with every song on the album debuting on the chart. This title was previously held by Taylor Swift.
  • In June 2016, Lemonade was certified platinum in the US by the RIAA.
  • According to Nielsen’s 2016 Year-end Report, it sold over 1.5 million copies and 2.1 million copies in album-equivalent units in the US. It was the third best selling album of 2016.
  • Also platinum in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Netherlands. She went gold in Poland, Belgium and New Zealand.
  • Grossed $256 million on The Formation Tour. She had 3 legs with a total of 49 shows, which were all sold out. Received rave reviews and it is one of the top 20 highest grossing tours of all time.

Adele – 25


  • Release Date: November 20, 2015
  • Described as a “make-up record.” The lyrics feature themes of Adele “yearning for her old self, her nostalgia” and “melancholia about the passage of time.” This album is based off of the feelings that she was having at 25 years old.
  • 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release in the US. This made it the largest single-week sales for an album since they began tracking music purchases in 1991. It also was the fastest selling album of the 21st century after selling 2.5 million copies after three days of availability.
  • In the UK, it sold 800,307 copies in its first week, making it the fastest selling album of all time.
  • As of January 2017, it has sold 9.2 million in pure sales, in total in the US.
  • It became the world’s best selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within that year and, as of June 2016, it has sold 20 million copies, making it one of the best best selling albums worldwide.
  • Multi-platinum in Australia (9x), Austria (3x), Belgium (8x), Denmark (3x), Germany (5x), Hungary (5x), Italy (5x), New Zealand (9x), Spain (3x), Switzerland (6x) and the United Kingdom (10x). Platinum in Mexico. Diamond (sold over 10 million albums) in Canada, Poland and the United States.
  • The Adele Live 2016/2017 tour has, so far, grossed $167.7 million. There are 4 legs with a total of 122 shows. The last leg of the tour doesn’t begin until February 28, 2017, but, so far, she has been performing to sold out crowds. Adele has also received very positive reviews.


After reading all that, I feel that the most deserving person won. As I said earlier, Beyonce is a phenomenally talented person, but her album sales don’t compare to Adele’s. She can sell out a tour and keep the audience locked throughout the whole performance, but, for some reason, her album didn’t sell. For as much hype as I head about Lemonade, I was so shocked that she didn’t sell more.

I think that’s, ultimately, what killed it for her because she had the buzz, she just lacked in sales.

Why do you guys think that is? We all know that she’s been in the business for a longer period of time and she definitely put in tons of time and effort, so why didn’t Lemonade garner the same type of success that 25 did?

Anyway, I love, both, Beyonce and Adele. However, I do think that Adele won this fair and square. Adele’s album’s success spoke in volumes. It’s unfortunate that Beyonce had to go through this a third time, but, hopefully, she’ll win AoTY sometime in the near future.

However, I will say that it’s a little suspect that only 10 black artists have ever won the award since its inception in 1959, with Stevie Wonder winning it three times in the 1970s.

So, why I do not think that Beyonce lost this year because of her race, I can see why so many people would automatically jump to that conclusion and it made matters worse when Adele publicly stated that even she thought Beyonce would win.

Let me know your thoughts.

Amira 😉


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