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Students and Staff React to Beyoncé’s Grammy Snub

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Since Lemonade was  more available to the public, the album sold fewer copies than 25. Image source: Beyonce.com

Since Lemonade was more available to the public, the album sold fewer copies than 25. Image source: Beyonce.com

Since Lemonade was more available to the public, the album sold fewer copies than 25. Image source: Beyonce.com

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During the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, Adele took home the Grammy for Album of the year for her third release titled 25.

The crowd erupted in shock, as most thought the award would surely go to Beyoncé for her album Lemonade. Many on social media criticized the academy for giving the award to Adele and not Beyoncé.

Perhaps the person who was most shocked about this decision was Adele herself.

“I felt like it was her time to win. What the **** does she have to do to win Album of the Year?” Adele muttered backstage after the award ceremony.

The thing that gave 25 the edge, in the eyes of the Academy, was the album sales, according to Maeve McDermott of USA Today.

25 was made less accessible to the public as Lemonade was released on Tidal, Beyoncé’s streaming service, and was made purchasable later on, McDermott wrote. 25, however, was released on Spotify seven months after the initial release date. Since Lemonade was made more available to the public, the album sold fewer copies than 25.

Also 25 was released in 2015 while Lemonade was released during 2016.

She puts out a message and a vulnerability in her music that outpaced all of her competitors.”

— Science teacher Alex Paulchell

“Thanks to its earlier release date, her album 25 dwarfed Lemonade in sales,” McDermott wrote. “While the two albums posted similar numbers in 2016 (2.4 million and 2.2 million total units, respectively), Adele had already also sold 8.01 million units in 2015 before Lemonade arrived in April 2016.”

Science teacher Alex Paulchell, a Beyoncé megafan, was very upset that she didn’t get the gold.

“I was shocked and disappointed” Paulchell said. “But at the same time, I feel Adele was shocked and disappointed.”

Paulchell feels that Beyoncé’s artistry puts her far ahead of other performing artists, including Adele.

“[Beyoncé] is an entertainer,” he said. “She puts out a message and a vulnerability in her music that outpaced all of her competitors.”

Others disagree. Junior Asha Gaines-Smith doesn’t think Beyoncé is really all that.

“Beyoncé is basically just a big fish in a small pond,” Gaines-Smith said, but she did give the star some credit. “[Beyoncé] is a good singer and everything, but she is not that [talented], and everything is sampled.”

In the end Beyoncé ended up with two grammys for Urban Contemporary Album and Music Video of the Year, and she and Jay-Z will end up with two new children, as it was reported earlier in the year that Beyoncé was pregnant with twins.

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