Are Beyoncé & Adele Headed for a Grammy Rematch?

Here we go again! With this week’s confirmation that Beyoncé will release a new album, Renaissance, on July 29, it appears very likely that Beyoncé and Adele are headed for a Grammy rematch.

At the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, the two singers went head-to-head in four categories. Adele won all four of these contests.

The British superstar’s blockbuster hit “Hello” beat Beyoncé’s socially conscious “Formation” for record and song of the year. “Hello” also topped “Hold Up,” the third single from Beyoncé’s Lemonade album, for best pop solo performance. Finally, 25 bested Lemonade for album of the year.

In her acceptance speech for the latter award, a highly emotional Adele all but handed the Grammy to Beyoncé, who was standing in the front row with her husband, Jay-Z, as the audience rose to its feet to celebrate Adele’s win. Adele’s speech stands as one of the most selfless and gracious in awards show history.

After some introductory thanks, Adele addressed the issue of competing with a friend and artist she greatly admires. 

“I can’t possibly accept this award and I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me – the Lemonade album – was so monumental.”

Addressing the singer directly, she continued: “Beyoncé, it was just so monumental and so well thought-out and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see, and we appreciate that.

And all us artists here, we fu—ing 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 and I love you. I always have and I always will.”

Beyoncé didn’t go home empty-handed that night. She won two Grammys – best urban contemporary album for Lemonade and best music video for “Formation.” And she has won seven more Grammys since that night.

And Queen B could make more history this year. If she receives four nods when the 65th annual Grammy award nominations are announced later this year, she’ll tie Jay-Z for the most nominations by anyone in Grammy history (83).

If she nabs five, she’ll take the title outright — assuming the current nominations leaders – Jay-Z, Paul McCartney (81) and Quincy Jones (80) – don’t add to their nominations tallies too.