Beyonce is all knowing.
Beyonce lost Album of the Year to Adele at the Grammys last night, and it sent the music community into a frenzy. Even Adele felt like the accolade belonged to Beyonce. "My album of the year is Lemonade," she told the press after the win. "I felt like it was her time to win. What the f--k does she have to do to win album of the year?"
Everyone was shocked. Everyone except... Beyonce? LaineyGossip published a thought-piece pointing out several clues as to why the "Sandcastles" singer knew going into the night she'd be denied the highest honor. They point out that Beyonce gave an all encompassing speech when she accepted the Grammy for Urban Contemporary Album, a category not typically included in the televised broadcast. If she thought she'd win Album Of The Year, wouldn't she have saved the speech for then? And it was printed on a glossy gold card for God's sake.
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Read a thought-provoking excerpt from their essay below:
Last week I wrote about how the Recording Academy had to discuss during a meeting whether or not Beyoncé was “gaming the system”. They claim it was a short conversation but the signs were there – they didn’t appreciate that Beyoncé delivered a complete album that crossed several musical genres and did it so well that their only explanation for it was that she must have been playing a cheat.
It was reported in the New York Times five days before the Grammys. But Beyoncé, she would have known about that f-cksh-t ahead of time, probably while she was negotiating the terms of her performance. And there are other indications about what she knew.
Beyoncé was the most nominated artist at the Grammys with 9. During the broadcast, only 9 Grammys are awarded. There are a total of 75 Grammy categories. The major categories, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year are always saved for live show time. The Recording Academy switches up the other broadcast categories by year. This year, the Urban Contemporary Album category was selected for broadcast. It is a not a category that makes the show year after year. But that’s the only award Beyoncé won during the broadcast this year – coincidence or conspiracy? They had to get Beyoncé up at the mic. They knew – and so SHE KNEW – that that would likely be the only one she would win.
Another indication that she KNEW was her acceptance speech. Everything she wanted to say was said, written down on a gold card that complemented her outfit (because Beyoncé’s not walking around carrying a crumpled piece of white paper, God I love her for the details!), and delivered exactingly so that it would be clear exactly what she was trying to accomplish with Lemonade, so that there would be no missed sentiment, no doubt, about her message. Because she KNEW. She knew it would be her only opportunity. All of this, however, was only illuminated when Adele’s 25 was called for Album of the Year – to us, at least. And then the rest of it became clear – to us. For Beyoncé, who KNEW, once again, we see the work in motion. The strategy. The planning. Everything that’s happened over the last two weeks was intentionally designed to peak during her 9 minute performance. She always knew, but we should have known: that with Beyoncé, there’s always a bigger picture.
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It is all rather suspect, but at the same time award shows are becoming less and less relevant. Perhaps the days of being offended over who does and doesn't receive an award are over. Eh, I'm still a little bitter. And if Beyonce knew she wasn't going to win, I wish she would have offered some of her vision to poor Rihanna, who was snubbed with eight nominations and left slurping shots from a bedazzled flask.