It’s always exciting to see an artist have a huge night at the Grammys. And no one had a bigger one Sunday than Adele, who went home six for six , sweeping the top categories and cementing her name in the record books alongside Beyoncé as the most celebrated single-night female Grammy winner in history.
There’s always a feeling of inevitability when an album that goes into the night with a lot of nominations starts racking up a slew of wins in the major categories on the way to the (usually) inevitable crowning achievement: Album of the Year.
But in some ways, it’s hard to really put those historic nights into full frame until you can, literally, see the whole metal haul in one shot. Hence, the obligatory armload-of-Grammys money shot. From Michael Jackson to Santana, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill, U2, Foo Fighters, Norah Jones and Alicia Keys, the night never really comes into focus until the beaming winner gets up on the stage in the press room and struggles to hold all that gold in two arms.
Which led us to wonder, just how heavy was Adele’s Grammy haul Sunday night? We asked the Recording Academy, which kindly let us know that each gilded gramophone weighs 5 pounds and 4 ounces, which means Adele was holding up exactly 31 pounds and 8 ounces of Grammy glory.
She was a bit shy of the all-time heavyweight record, which belongs to the late Michael Jackson and Santana, who each won eight awards on their big nights in, respectively, 1984 and 2000, and just behind Paul Simon, who took seven in 1971.
So, just to put it into perspective, here are a few other things that weigh around 31 pounds:
» 20 dozen eggs
» Four gallons of water
» A young emperor penguin
» An average two-and-a-half-year-old boy or four newborns
» A healthy female beagle
» A child’s bike
» The average amount of cheese an American eats every year
» A very heavy broadsword
» A bit less than what the average woman should gain during a healthy pregnancy
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