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When I listen to you, I feel like I'm listening to God.

— Beyoncé speaking to Adele.

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Birth name Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
Also known as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Born September 4, 1981
Birth place Houston, Texas
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, businesswoman
Instruments Vocals
Labels Columbia

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, and actress.

Adele is an avid Beyoncé fan and cites her as one of her biggest musical influences, likening Beyonce’s influence on her career to that of Michael Jackson’s on many of her musical peers.[1] Likewise, Knowles has cited Adele as an influence, particularly during the writing and recording of her 2011 album 4.[2]

Relationship with Adele

During a party in celebration of the Grammy Awards in 2011, Adele met Beyoncé for the first time, a moment she called the “highlight” of her life. “I ran out on the balcony and fell into her security’s arms, going, ‘She’s so nice!’ and literally collapsed,” she said. “Sobbing my heart out, it was like being winded. Highlight of my life, ever. I don’t know her, but she’s a huge part of my life. Everything I refer to has always got something to do with Destiny’s Child or her. She just knows what she wants. She’s in control of it all. She’s classy. She’s still totally fucking relevant. And just a nice person.”[3] She later stated:

I adore Beyoncé, I’ve been listening to her since I was about 11. I think her work as an artist and a singer is enviable in terms of the length of her career and how she’s grown and grown, but most of my inspirations are [from] old music and sadly, they have all died.[4]

Adele has joked that her alter ego, “Sasha Carter,” was modeled after Knowles’ on-stage alter ego Sasha Fierce. During the Adele Live 2016 tour to promote her album 25, she frequently referenced Beyoncé’s music and stage presence during her banter in between songs; during some dates, she even sang parts of songs such as “Crazy in Love” and “Drunk in Love.” Adele also included “Crazy in Love” on her personal playlist released to the UK iTunes Store in 2008.

During her cover story interview for Time in 2015, Adele dismissed rumors that she refused a duet with Beyoncé: “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.”[5]

Later that year, Beyoncé was interviewed for Adele’s Vanity Fair cover story, in which she referred to Adele as “a gracious woman” and “the most humble human I’ve ever met.” She added that, “When Adele sings, you can hear that it’s coming from an unfiltered honesty and purity. She creates songs that go deep and expose pain and vulnerability with her soulful voice. She takes you places other artists don’t go to anymore — the way they did in the ’70s.”[6]

Adele posted a picture on Instagram in 2016 of her next to the single artwork for Beyoncé’s 2006 song “Irreplaceable,” writing, “Beyoncé is the most inspiring person I’ve ever had the pleasure of worshipping. Her talent, beauty, grace and work ethic are all in a league of their own. I appreciate you so much! Thank God for Beyoncé.”[7]

In 2017, after winning her second Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Adele famously broke the award in half and declared that it should go to Beyoncé, who was also nominated for her visual album Lemonade.[8]

Ironically, Knowles also portrayed Etta James, who Adele frequently cites as her other biggest musical inspiration, in the 2008 film Cadillac Records.



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