ADELE claimed a stunning five wins at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night but told a worldwide TV audience of millions that her best album gong should have gone to a rival.
The 28-year-old singer won album of the year for 25 and record and song of the year for Hello, beating her ‘idol’ Beyonce to the three top awards.
But after taking to the stage to collect the best album gong the Londoner physically snapped her prized Grammy in two as she declared that the award had gone to the wrong artist.
While expressing her gratitude, Adele told the crowd: ‘I can’t possibly accept this award…my artist of my life is Beyonce and the Lemonade album was just so monumental.’
The American singer was spotted getting tearful in the audience.
Adele also won best pop vocal album for 25 and best pop solo performance for Hello, taking her total number of Grammy wins to 15.
She is the first artist to win song, record and album of the year in the same year twice following her success in 2012 with her album 21 and single Rolling In The Deep.
Adele had earlier been left in tears during the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles after fluffing her musical tribute to George Michael.
She swore as she called a halt to her performance of Michael’s song Fast Love, telling the audience: ‘I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.’
Backstage, Adele said she was ‘devastated’ about restarting the song — a year after she struggled with sound problems during her performance at the 2016 Grammys.
Beyonce made her first public performance since announcing she is pregnant with twins as she performed two songs from her hit album Lemonade.
Her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy were in the audience as she won best urban contemporary album and best music video for Formation.
On stage, Beyonce said the album was made to ‘give a voice to our pain’ and to ‘confront issues that make us uncomfortable’.
Chance The Rapper won best new artist, best rap album and best rap performance after becoming the first artist to be nominated for a streaming-only album following the release of Coloring Book.
Described by organisers as music’s biggest night, stars including Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Drake — who won two awards for Hotline Bling — did not attend the ceremony.