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Last night, Adele made her way back onto the live Grammys stage, this time performing a George Michael tribute as part of the long-running awards show. After last year's audio issues, this year Adele should have had a comeback with a vengeance. Instead, shortly into the performance, Adele stopped singing, apologized and asked to start over. While the rest of the performance seemed to go off without a hitch, it was a pretty big gaffe, one Adele actually addressed after the performance. Here's what she had to say:
I was devastated by that, and my rehearsal --- I did have a shaky rehearsal today. But I have been working very hard on this tribute for him, every day.
After last year's big performance flub, Adele revealed that she was so embarrassed she spent the day after the ceremony crying a whole bunch. Clearly, the audio problems made a lot of headlines and Adele didn't want a repeat performance this year. In addition, this year's performance was a tribute to George Michael, someone the singer saw as an icon. It's no wonder that she wanted to do well this year, noting to reporters (via People) on Sunday night that when it didn't go as planned she was truthfully upset.
Granted, once Adele stopped and started over, the performance was likely exactly what she hoped for. Her rendition of George Michael's "Fastlove" was memorable and likely would have gone down as one of the loveliest moments of the night had she not had to stop and start over. As it was, she really handled it as well as she could have while still keeping her dignity. Can you imagine what would have happened if she had just tried to push through with a performance she was uncomfortable with? Clearly she felt that way, saying during the broadcast itself:
I know it's live TV. I can't do it again like last year. I'm sorry for swearing and I'm sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again? I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him. I'm sorry. I can't.