Carlos Santana, who has ten Grammy Awards under his name, apologized to Beyonce for his scathing remarks against her right after the Grammy Awards. Santana was congratulating Adele for winning five awards including Album of the Year when he made a comparison of the two and unwittingly criticized Beyonce.
Adele earlier broke into tears when she claimed Beyonce deserved the award more than her. Santana said Adele was a better singer than Beyonce, who was better as a singer-model. Santana retracted his statement and said he was taken out of context.
"I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand, " Santana wrote on his Facebook page. "My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies. My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context," he added.
Santana said Beyonce had his utmost respect both as a person and an artist, and he wishes her all the best, according to Daily Mail. He said the comment was not meant to offend Beyonce, but primarily to congratulate the Grammy victory of Adele.
The unwitting remark of Santana against Beyonce added more salt to injury considering she has been snubbed three times in the Album of the Year category, according to The New York Times. Critiques took this not as a contest as to who has the best vocals, but a black and white thing that has to do with racial prejudices.
Recording Academy president Neil Portnow dismissed any diversity or racial issue in the award despite the controversy sparked by Santana's comments. Portnow said winners in the Grammy Awards are chosen by their peers which are composed of around 14,000 members.
Portnow said musicians do not make gender or even race a basis when they listen to music. Beyonce's fans, however, do not care about the supposed problem with the system. They only want to remind Santana that he seemed to enjoy performing with Beyonce during a previous Super Bowl show.