Adele'swin over Beyoncé’s Lemonade for Album of the Year at the Grammys surprised even the British singer herself and led to plenty of criticism of the award show. Adding to the discussion is Bey's sister Solange Knowles, who took home a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for "Cranes In The Sky."
After Adele’s “Hello” won both Song and Record of the Year and a few minutes before the final award of the night was announced, Solange tweeted "wuddup frank" in support of a Tumblr post by rapper Frank Ocean. Ocean, who declined to submit his 2016 work for Grammy consideration, directed the post at Grammy producers Ken Ehrlich and David Wild: "If you're up for a discussion about the cultural bias and general nerve damage the show you produce suffers from then I'm all for it."
Solange took to Twitter again on Monday in since-deleted tweets to address the controversy. “There have only been two black winners in the last 20 years for album of the year,” she said, according to People. “There have been over 200 black artist who have performed.”
She followed up with a call to action to her followers. “Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold my g’s.”
Beyoncé still walked away from the award show with two wins out of nine nominations, with Lemonade winning Best Urban Contemporary Album and her music video for “Formation” winning Best Music Video Performance.
Adele, who took home five awards, called Lemonade“monumental” in her acceptance speech.
Lemonade's loss could add more fuel to a growing resentment against the Recording Academy, according to The New York Times. Beyoncé has not spoken out in response to the controversy.