Adele had a big moment at the start of the Grammys tonight with “Hello,” but we feel like she had an even bigger one tonight with her decision to restart her George Michael tribute performance after a mistake during the vocal of one of his famous songs in “Fastlove.”
Also, she set off the censors by swearing after her mistake, saying then that she could not mess up this song for George and that she needed to restart it. Luckily, this is the Grammys, a show that already has a rich tradition of running extremely over in turns of its run time. They let her start the song back, and she was able to nail the song the second time that she was able to perform it. She also received a pair of standing ovations for the performance — one when she decided to restart it, and then quite possibly the loudest one of all at the end of the night when she finished it. (We say that knowing full well that Beyonce also performed earlier in the night.)
We feel like if there was ever an audience who understood what she was going through during this performance, it was the Grammy crowd. So many of these people are artists who are known already for performing on stage, and they understand how sometimes things don’t go as you plan. Also, they understand the magnitude of the moment — there are so many people really all over the world who loved George Michael and valued him as one of the biggest icons in all of music. Why wouldn’t you want the tribute to him to be perfect?
As if our point wasn’t clear already, Adele should be proud of how she handled this.
This is one of two tributes that is being done over the course of Grammy night, as there is also one coming up later that will be all about Prince. We’ll see what happens with it, but we know just how influential he was to people all over the world, as well.
What do you think about Adele’s performance, and do you think that the show made the right decision allowing her to restart the song? Share in the comments!
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