The 2017 Grammy nominations are finally out, and obviously, Beyonce and Adele are frontrunners for Album of the Year. Here’s why Adele should win.
Forget the presidential election — Beyonce, 35, and Adele, 28, will battle it out for Album of the Year come Feb. 12, making for one of the biggest musical contests of 2017. In this showdown, I believe Adele should come out on top.
Forget the epic comeback after three years of silence. Forget the millions of copies that 25 sold. Forget the critical acclaim. Forget all of that, and consider this: Adele is one of the greatest living performers, period. Her voice, charisma and general Britishness contribute to this, and while Bey is undeniably a talented powerhouse, Adele is pure magic. Ask anyone.
Of course, commercial success does matter, too. By July 2016, Beyonce’s Lemonade sold 1.2 million copies in the United States. Adele’s 25 sold 3.38 million copies…in the first week. It was up to 20 million copies by June 2016. It’s worth pointing out that this happened despite the digital age that we live in; people are so obsessed with Adele that they went out and bought a physical album, rather than downloading or streaming. They want to hold Adele in their hands and even play her vinyl on a record player. In 2016, that’s quite the anomaly.
Oh, and then there’s her live show. Adele was one of — if not the — hottest ticket of 2016, and though she played multiple arena shows in various cities, it was barely enough. She sold out right and left! I was not alone in my office the day tickets went on sale for her New York dates, and the tension was almost unbearable as we waited in the dreaded virtual Ticketmaster line for upwards of 45 minutes…nearly a year in advance.
September finally rolled around and we attended Adele’s shows over the course of the week like a relay race, taking turns and trying not to spoil too much for the next person. The HollywoodLife.com staff most definitely contributed to a significant boost in Adele merch sales and we proudly paraded around the office in our tour shirts, high from the thrill of having seen her transport the ugliness of Madison Square Garden into an intimate few hours of crying and awe. Adele’s legendary sense of humor shined every night, and we traded banter stories all week.
At the end of the day, you can’t deny that Beyonce plays stadiums, spans genres and serves as one of our most powerful role models. When it comes to music, though, Adele is for those of us who value pure vocals and melodies over choreography and spectacle. She’s just real.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Beyonce or Adele should win Album of the Year?