Song, record and album of the year wins for Adele at the Grammys

Adele swept the Grammy Awards, taking home statuettes for the top prizes - album, record and song of the year - in a shock, history-making victory over Beyonce on a night marked by political statements and emotional tributes.VIDEO: REUTERS
Adele and co-song writer Greg Kurstin accepting the Grammy for Song of the Year for Hello at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Feb 12, 2017.
Adele and co-song writer Greg Kurstin accepting the Grammy for Song of the Year for Hello at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, US, on Feb 12, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Adele on Sunday won the top two Grammys of Album and Record of the Year for her blockbuster hit Hello and the album 25.

The tearful English balladeer took the stage and paid tribute to her main award rival Beyonce, heaping praise on her album Lemonade and calling it an inspiration.

"All us artists adore you. You are our light," the English balladeer said to a visibly moved Beyonce.

Her wins came after Hello also won for Song of the Year, in a new triumph for the blockbuster single that marked the English singer's victorious return.

She and the Los Angeles producer Greg Kurstin shared the song award, which recognises best songwriting.

It was a big night for Adele, who grabbed five awards - also taking home Best Pop Vocal Album for 25 and Best Pop Solo Performance for Hello.

Her for Best Song win came moments after she re-started a performance in her second straight year of technical snafus.

"Thank you for your patience with me and helping to create my favourite song I've ever done," Adele said as she accepted the song award.

Hello beat out Beyonce's edgy Formation. It is the second time Adele has won for Song of the Year. She triumphed in 2012 with English producer Paul Epworth for Rolling In The Deep.

Hello was the first single off 25, the best-selling album of the past decade - with the exception of Adele's last album, 21, which won Album of the Year in 2012.

The song went to No. 1 in much of the world and became the first single to sell one million downloads in one week.

She performed the song to open the Grammys on Sunday. Her second song, George Michael's Fastlove in tribute to the late pop singer, went awry at the start.

She performing the song when she used profanity - bleeped out in the live telecast - and asked to start again. "I know it's live TV, I'm sorry. But I can't do it again like last year," she said.

After a short hesitation, her back-up orchestra stopped and began the song again. The problem was not immediately clear.

She was tearful at the end of the performance but had the clear support from the audience of music A-listers, who gave her a standing ovation, and from supporters on social media.

Singer Charlie Puth tweeted: "I commend Adele for starting over and making it right! Very very good."

Last year, Adele did not start over but her voice went painfully out of key. The Grammy organisers later revealed that the problem was caused when a microphone fell on the piano's strings.