Adele has apparently turned down the Grammy award for best album, saying Beyonce deserved it more.

The pop star was given the night’s top honour for her multi-million selling record 25, but told the audience, “I can’t possibly accept this award”.

“I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful, but Beyonce is the artist of my life”.

Adele’s victory over Beyonce is certain to boost complaints that the Grammys habitually overlook black artists.