Guitarist Carlos Santana is retreating on his remarks about Beyonce after poking the overly agitated Beyhive.
He was regaling Adele Adkins with more adulation following her wins at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, including her victory over Beyonce's "Lemonade" for album of the year.
"I think that Adele won because she can sing sing . With all respect to our sister Beyonce, Beyonce 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," Santana, 69, told the Australian Associated Press..
Santana kept digging a hole by explaining why Adele won.
"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," he said.
Beyonce's fans dragged Santana on social media, and the escalating furor prompted him to issue a statement on Facebook clarifying his remarks.
"My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies," he wrote. "My comment about Beyonce 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 Beyonce and her family all the best."
Adele also praised Bey during her acceptance speech, saying that she couldn't possibly accept the album of the year award.
"My artist of my life is Beyonce and this album, for me, the 'Lemonade' album, was just so monumental," she said.
The British star elaborated on her remarks with reporters backstage after the show.
"I felt like it was her time to win," she said. "What does she have to do to win album of the year?"