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Grammys 2017: Adele wins five as Bowie honoured posthumously

The British singer paid tribute to the late George Michael and competitor Beyonce as she accepted the night’s biggest awards.

Adele was the biggest winner of the night at the Grammy awards, taking home five gongs including best album, record and song.

The British singer’s comeback track Hello and album 25 beat Beyonce’s Formation and Lemonade respectively at the 59th annual ceremony.

The 28-year-old star performed a cover of George Michael’s Fastlove, but was forced to stop and restart.

She apologised to the audience, saying it was the pressure of honouring the late singer.

“I f***** up,” she said. “I can’t mess this up for him”.

In her acceptance speech, Adele apologised for swearing, saying that Michael meant so much to her that she could not give a poor performance.

Adele also took home best pop vocal album for 25 and best pop solo performance for Hello, while Hello also won the gong for record of the year.

The singer becomes the second woman to win album of the year twice, following Taylor Swift last year.

During that speech, she paid tribute to Beyonce.

“I can’t possibly accept this award,” she said. “I’m very humble and I’m grateful and gracious but the artist of my life is Beyonce and the Lemonade album was just so monumental – Beyonce, it was so monumental.

“We got to see another side to you that we don’t always see. We appreciate that. All us artists here, we f****** adore you.”

Despite missing out in the main categories, Beyonce did not leave empty handed.

Giving her first public performance since announcing her pregnancy, the star took home best urban contemporary album for Lemonade and best music video for Formation.