Is Carlos Santana feuding with Beyoncé? The guitar player seemingly criticized Queen Bey's singing ability while defending Adele's wins at the 2017 Grammys. But Santana is now saying his comments were taken out of context.
Adele beat Beyoncé for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year at Sunday's awards show. Many (including Adele herself) felt that Lemonade and its song "Formation" should have taken home these top honors. But Santana, who performed with Beyoncé at a Super Bowl pregame concert in 2003, defended the Recording Academy's decision.
"I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing," Santana told AAP. "With all respect to our sister Beyonce, Beyonce 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."
He added, "Adele can sing, sing. She 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."
It wasn't long before Santana started facing backlash from the Beyhive. "Beyoncé sang on point while falling backward in a chair and didn't miss a beat or lose breath with twins on her diaphragm Carlos Santana," wrote @joalmoore.
@AntonioJavar added, "Who is Carlos Santana? That old guy who doesn't sing on his tracks Lmao. His opinion is invalid." And @theIifeofpabIo wrote, "Beyoncé out sang and outperformed Carlos Santana at the superbowl pregame years ago so he can keep his comments."
Watch Santana and Beyonce at the 2003 Super Bowl.
So Santana took to Facebook to clarify his remarks. "I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand," he wrote." My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. 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."
This isn't the first time Santana has criticized Beyoncé, though. He also spoke out against last year's Super Bowl Halftime Show in San Francisco, which featured Beyoncé, Coldplay and Bruno Mars. Santana argued that local artists should have been featured instead.
"I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform," he wrote at the time. "Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud."
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