Carlos Santana issued an apology Tuesday (Feb. 14) after saying that Beyoncé is “not a singer” while explaining in an interview why Adele won the Album of the Year Grammy.
In the interview with the Australian Associated Press, the guitar legend was quoted as saying Adele beat Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammys “because she can sing, sing,” adding, “With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it’s more like modelling kind of music—music to model a dress – she’s not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.”
Santana also suggested that Bey relies too heavily on theatrics for her performances, which perhaps penalized her in the eyes of Grammy voters who opted for 25 over Lemonade.
“[Adele] doesn’t bring all the dancers and props, she can just stand there and she just stood there and sang the song and that’s it, and this is why she wins,” Santana said, throwing subtle shade at Beyoncé’s mind blowing medley of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” from Sunday’s ceremony.
Naturally, the “Smooth” star sustained the wrath of the Beyhive, who swarmed to her defense, even flooding a different Carlos Santana’s Instagram page with bee emojis.
Santana took to Facebook night to clarify the comments, saying they were taken out of context.
“My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammys,” Santana wrote on Facebook Tuesday, soon after his published remarks about the Grammys caused backlash. “My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best.”
As you might recall, Adele herself paid homage to Queen Bey in a big way when she won Album of the Year for her record breaking 25, calling Beyoncé an inspiration and an icon. “But my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album, for me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental,” Adele said.