Adele won the Song of the Year Grammy on Sunday night, but also had a show-stopping performance in her live tribute to George Michael, which she abruptly halted after barely a minute at the mic.
According to the Recording Academy, the "Hello" singer chose to perform a rearranged version of Michael's song "Fastlove" at the telecast, but her rendition did not go according to plan.
"I know it's live TV, I'm so f--ing sorry, I can't do it again like last year," said Adele, to the audience.
She was referencing her performance of "All I Ask" at the 2016 ceremony, which was marred by technical issues and audio glitches. Then, Adele kept on singing even though she knew something was awry. This time, however, she started over after a short speech to the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and those watching at home.
"I'm sorry for swearing, and I'm sorry for starting again, but can we please start it again? I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him. I'm sorry for swearing, I'm really sorry, I'm sorry Ken."
Her last apology was presumably for Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who told Variety earlier in the day that he was hoping the night's acceptance speeches would be "politically charged." However, it's unlikely he expected Adele to restart her performance, and swear in the interim.
On Adele's second try at "Fastlove," she performed the song's original opening lyric, which read, "All that bulls--- conversation" as is. But on her first go, she sang it as "all that useless conversation." It's possible that one of the reasons she wanted to start over was to get that lyric right.
Later in the night, upon accepting her Song of the Year statue from Céline Dion, Adele took one more opportunity to say sorry for her on-stage flub.
"First of all, I really do apologize for swearing," said Adele. "I mean, it's George Michael, I love him, he means a lot to me, so I apologize if I offended anyone anywhere."
Still, do not feel too badly for Adele. In addition to opening up the show with a performance of "Hello," she also swept the Grammys, and won in each of her categories, walking away with statues for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.
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