After the 28-year-old songstress dropped an F-bomb after restarting her George Michael tribute earlier in the evening, Adele took the stage to accept the Song of the Year GRAMMY for her megahit, “Hello.”
The British singer took the opportunity to address the snafu, which had her in tears at the end of her powerful performance of Michael’s 1996 song, “Fastlove.”
“First of all, I really do apologize for swearing,” Adele said when she first approached the mic during her acceptance speech. “George Michael, I love him. It means a lot to me. I’m sorry if I really offended anyone anywhere.”
Adele was noticeably nervous about continuing her acceptance speech, thanking everyone who has been a part of her journey before pausing and admitting the moment was a bit too much for her to bear.
“Whoo, I always get so nervous,” a flustered Adele admitted, before sharing a sweet story about “Hello” co-writer Greg Kurstin. “I’d like to thank Greg because Greg kept coming to England for me to work with me and it was really hard work, this record, and I had a really short attention span and he would come to me to England so I wouldn’t have to leave my son. And yet you would leave your son and daughter, so thank you for your patience with me and for helping to create my favorite song that I’ve ever done.”
Presenter Celine Dion and Adele also shared a sweet embrace.
Earlier in the evening, Adele -- wearing a black, long-sleeve velvet dress and matching black crystal earring in her left ear, reminiscent of Michael’s classic cross earring -- stopped and asked the show’s producer if they could restart the song.
"I know it's live TV. I f--ked up," Adele said near the beginning of the performance. "I can't do it again like last year. I'm sorry for swearing. Can we please start it again? I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him."
After regrouping, Adele continued with the heartfelt tribute, but at the end of her performance, it was clear that she was disappointed with the turn of events.
Last year, Adele suffered unforeseen audio glitches during her GRAMMY performance of the emotional ballad “All I Ask.” "Sound check was great -- went really well. I was really excited and then during the changeover, the microphones fell onto the piano strings which is what the guitar noise was,” she explained last February.
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