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It's Time for Adele and Beyoncé to Work Together to Save Music (and the World)
There's no need to pick a side in this mutual appreciation society.
Adele and Beyoncé have been pitted against each other in the press for years, a mythological rift that could have deepened at the Grammys were it actually real. However, when Adele's blockbuster album 25 beat Beyoncé's Lemonade for Record of the Year and Album of the Year, Adele wore a Lorraine Schwartz lemon and praised Beyoncé while accepting her awards, first saying she wanted her to "be my mommy" before touching on the soul-baring intimacy of Lemonade, which caused the Bey to well up with gratitude.
While the Beyhive was less than thrilled that Lemonade didn't take home the top honors, and social media forces tried to divide fans into Team Adele and Team Beyoncé, the night only showed how much these two powerful women in the music business actually support each other — and how the time has come for them to work together.
Adele recently battled rumors that she rejected the idea of having them duet on 25 soon after its release. "Whoever started that rumor must have been having a laugh, because anyone who knows me knows that my main priority in life outside of my child is Beyoncé," she told Time in 2015.
"The most beautiful thing about Adele is that she has her priorities straight," Bey revealed to Vanity Fair last year. "She is a gracious woman and the most humble human being I’ve ever met.”
By the time Adele brought 25 on tour, she was sneaking in lines from Lemonade.
Listen, we'll give Bey a few months to deliver her babies. But after that, it's time to get to work on putting together this epic collaboration that's been years in the making. Songwriter and star Sia Furler has written for both, so she should probably be on board, too. The planet's future happiness may well depend on it. In the meantime, here's producer Chris Braun's fanmade mashup of "Formation" and "Rolling in the Deep" to give us an idea of the potential magic.