Adele continued her supreme domination of the music world with NBC’s concert special on Monday, Adele: Live in New York City, which flawlessly showcased her undeniable talent and incredible wit.
Over the course of an hour, fans were treated to an emotional performance by the 27-year-old singer as she took the stage for the first time in years at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, performing old hits and future ones.
After a perfect rendition of the heartbreaking ballad “All I Ask” off her bestselling album, 25, even Adele had reservations about her performance. “It’s better on record,” Adele said with her signature cackle. Really, though, the performance was perfect.
“It is, it’s f***ing, it’s really hard to sing,” she tried to sell the crowd, who just weren’t buying it. “I had vocal surgery and then suddenly I could sing higher, I could sing lower, I could do whatever you wanted me to do. As soon as I’m in front of you lot, I just f*** myself.”
At one point in the concert, Adele adorably stopped the band before singing “Someone Like You,” the 2011 hit song inspired by a broken relationship. Now a mom of 2-year-old son Angelo with her longtime love Simon Konecki, she admitted that the meaning of the song has changed dramatically.
“I don’t sing this from the same place anymore,” she said, alluding to Konecki entering her life. “I sing it from an amazing place because of my man who is here tonight – and I love you – and this is the first show that he’s ever seen me do.” Aww!
After receiving a much-deserved standing ovation following her performance of “When We Were Young” – confirmed to be her second single off 25 – the British songstress broke down in tears. “I’ve honestly missed you all so much,” she said, overwhelmed with emotion, later adding, “Oh, I think I did quite well with not crying until now. Thank you so much for coming. I feel like this is the start now.”
“Before the show, I was like, ‘I just want it to be over,’ because I was so nervous and I’ve managed to remember every moment from this show, which is a first for me,” Adele admitted. “I normally get so nervous that I blank out but I remembered every moment, and I’ll never forget it.”
After her final bow, Adele went offstage (barefoot!) and broke down in tears in the elevator with her boyfriend there to console her. Excuse us while we cry all the tears!