Carlos Santana has found himself in an Internet dust-up after trying to defend Adele's Grammy Awards sweep at Beyoncé's expense.
It began with Santana's comments to the New Zealand Herald after the Grammys, in which he said, "I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing. With all respect to our sister Beyoncé, Beyoncé is very beautiful to look at and it's more like modeling kind of music -- music to model a dress -- she's not a singer, singer, with all respect to her. 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."
Not surprisingly Beyoncé's fans, the Bey Hive, blew up online, with scores of messages slamming Santana amidst a much smaller in support. The furor, however, led Santana to issue a statement on Tuesday (February 14), saying "I would like to clarify a comment that was reported when I was doing an interview for some upcoming shows in Australia & New Zealand. My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies.[sic] My comment about Beyoncé 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 Beyoncé and her family all the best. -- Carlos."
With that presumably behind him, Santana heads Down Under on April 7 for a seven-show run, then stops in Japan before his next residence at the Las Vegas House of Blues Casino & Hotel starting May 17, and a U.S. tour that begins June 23-24 in Woodinville, Wash.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.