During an interview with the Australian Associated Press earlier this week (begs13Feb17), the guitarist stated the Formation vocalist was "not a singer-singer" but added she is "beautiful to look at".
However, after Santana came under fire on social media from Beyonce fans over the comments, he took to Facebook on Tuesday (14Feb17) to state that his words were taken out of context and his intention was to congratulate Adele on her five Grammy Award wins, including the coveted Album of the Year prize, at the glitzy ceremony on Sunday (12Feb17).
"My intent was to congratulate Adele on her amazing night at the Grammies (sic)," he wrote in a statement. "My comment about Beyonce was regretfully taken out of context. I have the utmost respect for her (Beyonce) as an artist and a person. She deserves all the accolades that come her way. I wish Beyonce and her family all the best."
In the original interview, which was conducted to promote his band's tour of New Zealand and Australia, Santana was quoted as praising British singer Adele's simple performances and strong voice.
"I think that Adele won because she can sing, sing," he said. "With all respect to our sister Beyonce, Beyonce is very beautiful to look at and it's more like modelling kind of music - music to model a dress - she's not a singer, singer, with all respect to her.
"Adele can sing, sing. 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."
Adele, 28, also beat Beyonce, 35, in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Perfomance categories.