My comment about Beyonce not being a good singer was misunderstood ~Santana

“I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand,” he says.

Adding, “My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best. Carlos”

While some commenters agree with his stance or don’t feel he needed to respond to the interview, others think he should have addressed what was said about Beyonce’s singing abilities.

“Adele and Beyoncé have very different singing styles but to say that Beyoncé is not a singer is very disrespectful to her and all of the contributions that she has made to music,” said a Catherine White Walker. “Even if you believe the Grammys got it right no need to disrespect a fellow artist.”

Another person noted, “You’re still missing the point. Initially you denigrated and dismissed Beyoncé’s extraordinary vocal abilities, and reduced her as something to look at. As though her exceptional performance ability is an ‘instead of’ rather than ‘as well as’.”

No word from Adele or Beyonce’s camps.

If you’re wondering what that faint sound is, it’s the Beyhive attacking rock legend Carlos Santana for bold comments he made about Beyoncé’s singing abilities.

When asked by The New Zealand Herald why Adele won Best Song, Record and Album of the Year for 25 over Beyoncé’s Lemonade at the Grammys on Sunday, the Mexican-American guitarist concluded it’s about vocal prowess.

“I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing,” Santana said. “With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modeling kind of music — music to model a dress — she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”

“Adele can sing, sing. She doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana, who has won 10 Grammy awards, added.

 

As Twitter noted during the show, there are many singers—Beyonce included—who can out-sing Adele. There is also an elevated experience concertgoers expect when attending shows. The fact that Adele deviates from the status quo is great, be doesn’t warrant accolades over someone who puts in the extra effort to deliver, time after time.

Here’s a thought. Carlos, it’s probably not about semantics and vocal ability. It’s about old-fashioned racism. And it’d be great if a fellow person of color confronted that and stop placating for White approval.

 

 

-Essence

Adele breaks her Grammy, gives the other half to Beyonce

In scenes reminiscent of Mean Girls, Adele broke her Grammy for Album of the Year in half on stage at the award ceremony on Sunday night so she could give the crowning part to Beyoncé.

Adele, who also won the Song of the Year award, explained how she felt Lemonade was a more deserving winner than her own 25.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said during her acceptance speech. “The Lemonade album was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and well thought-out and beautiful and soul-bearing… we appreciate that. All of us artists here adore you. You are our light.”

She later added backstage: “I thought it was her year. What the fuck does she have to do to win Album of the Year?”

Adele may have gotten the idea from Mean Girls, in which Lindsay Lohan’s protagonist Cady Heron breaks her Spring Fling queen crown into pieces and hands them to the other contestants (though the speaker part of the Grammy actually unscrews).

It is essentially de rigueur to extol Beyoncé at award shows by this point, Kanye West having famously intervened during one of Taylor Swift’s VMAs acceptance speeches to point out that B is the more deserving winner.

Adele won the night’s biggest awards, though there were also multiple wins for Chance the Rapper and Drake. Beyoncé picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade.

 

 

-Independent

Adele blames her horrible performance at the grammys on mic and piano

It was impossible not to notice.

Adele sounded off. Really off.

Less than a minute into her Grammys performance of the ballad “All I Ask,” the singer seemed to falter, not quite hitting the highs the song demands. Adele, who wore a sparkling crimson gown and stood with just a spotlight behind her, had no back-up singers, no dancers and no band to cover for her. In the cold, unkind light of national television, Adele sounded flat.

And in the era of Auto-Tune and lip-synching, Tweets began to debate whether The Voice wasn’t as heaven-sent as it seemed to be. Or did Adele’s famous nerves get to her? Or was it a re-emergence of the polyp that had once wreaked such havoc on her vocal chords?

The explanation, the singer tweeted almost immediately after Monday’s Grammys had concluded, was a piano mic, which fell onto the piano strings:

Video of the performance backs up Adele’s contention. A few seconds in, the piano begins to sound like a strum — in the right key, but definitely not sounding right. After a few beats, it seems to correct itself. But you could almost see the singer wince at the first bad notes, and she never seemed to recover.

Compare the performance to her perfect delivery of the same song in New York in December.

The good news: Adele will be fine. Update: The Recording Academy, Variety reported, took full responsibility for the mic mishap, adding, in a statement to reporters, “To Adele’s credit, she killed it.” And she’ll probably continue to: As of the beginning of this month, her album, “25,” was nearing 8 million copies sold.

 

 

 

 

-Washington post