It wouldn’t be an American awards show in 2017 without Twitter immediately dissecting – and voicing its collective opinion – on each and every moment of the night, from victory speeches to awards snubs. Countless users clashed online after Adele, who picked up the night’s most prestigious accolades including album of the year, said her "black friends" felt empowered by Beyonce’s latest album Lemonade, and that the award should instead be hers. 

But were Adele’s remarks, which singled out the black female experience when listening to Beyonce’s 2016 release, actually racist? That question found its way to the center of a contentious online debate that extended into Monday morning, as millions of viewers worldwide listened to Adele’s acceptance speech from the night before.  

"I can’t possibly accept this award," Adele said while receiving the 2017 album of the year award. "I'm very humbled and very grateful and gracious, but my life is Beyoncé… the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering, and you make them stand up for themselves."

 "I love you," Adele continued. "I always have. And I always will."

Despite her dedication, users blasted Adele for accepting the award after speaking about Beyonce’s impact on the black community. "She accepted the award anyway, [and] talking about how Bey empowers her ‘black’ friends?" One Twitter user wrote. "What a demonstration of privilege."

By Monday morning, it seemed the vast majority of Twitter users agreed Adele's praise for Beyonce wasn’t racist, but instead a heartfelt and sincere dedication to one of her favorite talents.

Meanwhile, it doesn’t seem like there are any hard feelings between the two powerhouse vocalists: the "Sorry" singer cried while watching Adele accept her award, repeatedly saying "I love you" and clapping for her colleague and apparent number one fan.