Adele's "black friends" comment at Grammys raises eyebrows

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 breaks the Grammy for Album of the Year for '25' after having it presented to her at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. She said she didn't deserve it, and the award should have gone to Beyonce's 'Lemonade'.
Adele breaks the Grammy for Album of the Year for '25' after having it presented to her at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. She said she didn't deserve it, and the award should have gone to Beyonce's 'Lemonade'.PHOTO: REUTERS

Adele's emotional speech at the Grammys might have moved many to tears, including the woman she sang praises of, Beyonce.

But not everyone was enamoured of her tribute to the 'Crazy In Love' singer, especially when she said: "The way you make my black friends feel, is empowering."

Twitter quickly lit up with disapproval and jokes.

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But Adele had supporters who came to her defence.

The British singer swept the music awards with 'Hello' winning Song and Record of the Year, and Album of the Year for '25'. She said Beyonce, who was in the audience, deserved to win the latter for 'Lemonade', which Adele called "monumental".