Adele v Beyonce

Jan 27, 2023

New Thinking Total Hollywood podcast

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Adele photo by Vogue, Beyonce photo by Mason Poole, Remixed by Anders Lagerstedt

Your host:

Sandro Monetti

Author and multi-award winning Hollywood journalist

“I’ve met Beyonce a couple of times and she’s very nice, so kind and a terrific person.”

Music’s ultimate ceremony, The Grammy Awards, is coming up on February 5, and this year’s contest sees a showdown between two superstars. Adele and Beyonce will battle it out for the top prizes—and not for the first time. In their previous Grammy battle, Adele emerged as the big winner. But will the rematch see a different result? Might Harry Styles crash the party and take the top honors?

Your hosts, Hollywood insiders Sandro Monetti and Zorianna Kit, preview that clash of the titans and set up the race to win the Oscar for best song from a motion picture. Rihanna is a leading contender for her song from Wakanda Forever, and it’s a big few weeks for RiRi with her Superbowl half-time show also on the horizon.

Also debated in this episode are calls for the Oscars and other major award shows to merge the best actor and actress categories into one gender-neutral award. Is such a change inevitable—or even needed?

In the movie review slot this week, your hosts discuss Babylon, the Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie “epic” about the golden age of Hollywood. Is it a stunning triumph or an overlong disaster? Sandro and Zorianna definitely don’t agree!

In this episode we discuss:
  • Will Adele get the better of Beyonce at the Grammys again?
  • Can Harry Styles take out both queens, Adele and Beyonce, to win the big Grammys himself?
  • When is Adele going to launch a movie acting career? She’d be great in comedy.
  • Can anyone stop Rihanna winning the Oscar for best motion picture song with Lift Me Up from Wakanda Forever?
  • What is the best song from a film ever?
  • Is it time best actor and best actress were merged into one Best Performance category at the Oscars?
  • The older he gets, the better Brad Pitt’s acting becomes. He’s on his way to legend status.
  • Is it unfair to blame Margot Robbie for the box office failure of Babylon?
  • Have the critics been too harsh on the film Babylon?
  • What it’s like to be pooped on by an elephant—a personal anecdote by podcast co-host Sandro Monetti.

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