(Originally published on NPR.org)
Beyoncé is no one’s mammy.
So the record-scratching comments from Adele and Faith Hill shortly after Beyoncé’s Grammy performance came across as absolutely bizarre. In her earnest acceptance speech for her album of the year win, Adele praised her fellow artist’s vision for Lemonade, the album that Adele’s 25 bested in the category. She also all but said Beyoncé deserved the Grammy.
She then turned inward and noted how difficult it was to re-enter the music business to record the album, particularly as a young mother. As a music lover and mother, I was nodding in appreciation of her vulnerability and openness.
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