"She is my icon," the singer said, explaining how she first heard Beyonce when she was 11 years old and was introduced to the Destiny's Child song "No, No, No."
"I fell in love immediately with her," she recalled. "That was when I was 11, and I'm 28 now. And the way I felt when I heard 'No, No, No' was exactly the way I felt when I heard Lemonade this year."
The "Hello" singer commended Beyonce and her groundbreaking album,
praising the icon for showing the world a edgy side of herself "that we hadn't seen."
"I felt blessed to be brought into that," Adele added.
She went on to marvel at how impressive it is that Beyonce's been "making such great music, for that long of a period, and still affects all of us."
More than anything, Adele said she felt "like it was her time to win."
"My view is, like, 'What the f**k does she have to do to win Album of the Year?'" she explained. "The GRAMMYs are very traditional, but I just thought this year would be the year that they would kind of go with the tide."
Adele stressed that she was "very, very grateful for having won" but felt that she needed to honor her idol "because I love her."