So the record-scratching comments from Adele and Faith Hill shortly after Beyonce’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 Adele’s “25” bested in the category. She also all but said Beyonce 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.
But then she said this: “My dream and my idol is Queen Bey, and I adore you,” she gushed to Beyonce in the front row. “You move my soul every single day. And you have done for nearly 17 years. I adore you, and I want you to be my mommy, all right.”
Shortly after, Faith Hill repeated the sentiment: “I’m older than you, but I want you to be my mommy, too.”
Both comments were made without the least bit of irony, but for this black mom, those words made me bristle — seared me down to my soul.
Actress Alicia Vikander accepts Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘The Danish Girl’ from actor Jeremy Renner onstage during the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: (L-R) Actors Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, and Taraji P. Henson speak onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)
Fans place tributes at Debbie Reynolds’ star along the Hollywood Walk of
Fame and lightsabers, votive candles and messages at an impromptu
memorial for Carrie Fisher on a sidewalk one block away. Fisher, 60, and
Reynolds, 84, died a day apart, on Dec. 27, and Dec. 28, respectively.
Fisher does not have an official Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
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Actress Lupita Nyong'o and actor Jared Leto speak onstage at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(L-R) Actress/model Cara Delevingne in Mulberry, musician James Righton, actors Keira Knightley and Eddie Redmayne attend the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at The Four Seasons Hotel on January 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)
PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15: Co-MVPs Shaquille O'Neal #32 and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Western Conference are interviewed by TNT’s Ernie Johnson after the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference in the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)