Adele over Beyoncé? Macklemore over Kendrick Lamar? What were the Grammy voters thinking?
One of the only things that’s consistent about the Grammys is that Grammy voters will always find a way — no matter the award — to upset people.
It’s almost like the awards were specifically designed in a laboratory to participate in the ridiculous Grammys voting process; these are folks who regularly select winners such as Herbie Hancock and Steely Dan while ignoring forces of nature like Amy Winehouse or Beyoncé.
Indeed, given some of the Grammys’ past upsets, you’d be forgiven for wondering if the awards’ voters reside in a subterranean bunker between ceremonies — emerging only once a year, when they’re summoned by an intern with a canary and a lantern, to rile people up with some seemingly out-of-nowhere recognition. Consequently, the Grammys have become known for their unpredictability and “unique” honorees.
Here are five of the most egregious Grammy wins in recent memory:
5) Adele beats Beyoncé for Album of the Year (2017)
This was a garbage fire.
At the 2017 Grammys, Adele took home three of the Grammys’ four biggest trophies — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year — beating Beyoncé in all three categories. And by the end of the night, Adele herself had declared, during her Album of the Year acceptance speech, that her album 25 didn’t deserve to beat Bey’s Lemonade. I’d have to agree with her. Lemonade was a game-changing and absolutely stunning album.
But the Grammys have a keen tradition of overlooking Beyoncé.
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