British singer Adele performs a tribute to late George Michael onstage during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards. Photograph: (AFP)
The star accidentally swore performing in a tribute to the late George Michael, but she won the crowd back, and won the big Grammy too
Before Adele won the 2017 Grammy for Song of the Year for her hit "Hello", the pop diva Adele startled the Grammy Awards by abruptly asking to start over during her tribute to the late George Michael -- the second straight year she has suffered an embarrassment due to technical issues. The chart-topping English balladeer was performing Michael's "Fastlove" when she used profanity -- bleeped out in the live telecast -- and asked to start again.
"I know it's live TV, I'm sorry. But I can't do it again like last year," she said. After a short hesitation, her back-up orchestra stopped and began the song again. The problem was not immediately clear.
Adele was tearful at the end of the performance but had the clear support from the audience of music A-listers, who gave her a standing ovation, and from supporters on social media.
Last year, Adele did not start over but her voice went painfully out of key. The Grammy organisers later revealed that the problem was caused when a microphone fell on the piano's strings.
It was the second performance Sunday night by Adele, who opened the telecast by singing her mega-hit "Hello" without incident.