Adele nailed her Grammy performance tribute to George Michael.
However, the Record of the Year Grammy winner only did it after taking a mulligan, in an extremely human form, which makes me love her even more.
Last year Adele’s Grammy performance was plagued by sound issues, and she promised on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year that if something went wrong, she would demand a do-over.
Well, she sure got it and rose to the occasion with poise and grace.
In a world where we never know if musical artists can even actually carry a tune and performers rely on technology and machines to enhance their mediocre voices, it’s a rare thing to see a stunning woman stand in her own humanness on stage. And to then come back from a less than flawless start, and to complete with a curse word—is just human and inspiring.
Backed by a full orchestra, the singer began her tribute to the late George Michael by singing Fastlove.
Less than a minute in, she stopped and swore, saying, “I can’t do it again like last year,” in reference to her performance at the 2016 awards.
“I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again?” As she continued, “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry. I can’t. I’m sorry for swearing.”
CBS censored her F-bomb, but clearly, it was dropped. Several artists gave her a standing ovation as she asked for her “mulligan.” At the end of the song she closed by singing the words “I miss my baby,” seemingly in tears.
We’ve seen many screw-ups during live performances over the years, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone come through one with as much charm and humanness as Adele.
Adele never ceases to amaze me and defy the odds. Her voice is real and it drives emotion home to the core of my soul.
Over and over again, she shows us what it is to be real, powerful and a true artist.
Watch it below if you haven’t seen it yet!
Author: Lindsey Carricarte
Editor: Sara Kärpänen