Adele returned to the Grammy’s stage to give a jaw-dropping tribute to the late George Michael on Sunday.
The singer stopped her commemorative performance of Michael’s 1996 track “Fastlove” a quarter of the way into the song. After realising her vocals were off key, Adele swore but then continued to apologise profusely to the audience, viewers and Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammy Awards telecast.
Backed by a full orchestra, Adele began her rendition of Michael’s “Fastlove” for a second time. The track had been re-imagined as a dirge-like orchestral ballad, which the singer brought to life by building to a chilling belt over a new arrangement. The striking performance featured an ominous piano melody and a magnificent assortment of strings.
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The crowd responded to the stunning cover with a standing ovation.
Throughout the evening, Adele accomplished a clean sweep by winning all five of the awards that she was nominated for. During her acceptance speech for song of the year, Adele took a moment to express regret about her choice of words once again.
“First of all, I really do apologise for swearing,” Adele said. “George Michael, I love him, so it means a lot to me. I’m really sorry if I offended anyone.”
Enjoy Adele’s emotional George Michael salute at the 2017 Grammy Awards below.