Adele Wins Five Grammy Awards, Filipino Producer Bags Best Musical Theater Album

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Adele Wins Five Grammy Awards, Filipino Producer Bags Best Musical Theater Album


By AFP and Karen Valeza

Los Angeles - Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol.

The English balladeer swept up the top prizes of the night at the music industry's biggest night -- Album, Record and Song of the Year. Beyonce walked away with two trophies.

And in a sentimental homage to late rock icon David Bowie, his final album "Blackstar" earned five awards, including four posthumous prizes for the singer.

Adele, who has stood by her winning style of heart-wrenching ballads, became the first act ever to sweep the three key categories in two different years.

She won Record of the Year, which recognizes overall song, and Song of the Year, which looks at songwriting, for her ubiquitous hit "Hello" and Album of the Year for "25."

Adele made a similar sweep in 2012 with her last album "21" - which remains the only album to have outsold "25" in the past decade.

Fighting back tears, Adele took the podium and paid tribute to Beyonce, who had led the night's nominations with nine for her politically edgy "Lemonade."

"My idol is Queen Bey and I adore you. You move my soul every day," Adele said as she looked at Beyonce, who was making her first public appearance since announcing she was pregnant with twins.

Beyonce won only for Best Urban Contemporary Album for "Lemonade" and Best Music Video for "Formation."

The video marked the most political statement of Beyonce's career as she rallied behind the Black Lives Matter movement with imagery of police officers surrendering as if under arrest.

Reflecting her increasingly experimental side, Beyonce's Grammy performance was a New Age-inspired celebration of motherhood.

First Grammy

Filipino producer Jhett Tolentino won his first Grammy award for Best Musical Theater album for "The Color Purple" which is based on a the 1982 novel of Alice Walker about an African-American woman Celie in the early 20th century.

Tolentino took to social media to announce their win. …

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