Adele’s musical homage to George Michael at the Grammys started out rocky, but shaped up to be a stunning tribute to the late artist.
After making it about thirty seconds into her cover of Michael’s 1996 song “Fastlove,” the singer swore, and asked for a do-over.
“I know it’s live TV, I’m sorry. Could we please start it again?” she asked. “I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.”
The crowd cheered and Adele started over again, delivering a pitch-perfect rendition the second time around.
The singer later told reporters she was “devastated” by the way her performance turned out.
“I had a bit of a shaky rehearsal, but I had been working really hard,” she said. “My earliest memory was ‘Fast Love.’ When that video came out, I was blown away by how fucking hot he was. I was young, about ten, and I heard the vulnerability of that song.”
Despite the singer’s misgivings, she received rave reviews from her peers.
“Adele taught us a all a great lesson just now. If it’s not right? START OVER AND NAIL IT! And she did. Love you, girl,” Bette Midler tweeted.
#Adele taught us a all a great lesson just now. If it’s not right? START OVER AND NAIL IT! And she did. Love you, girl.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 13, 2017
“Your realness made that moment even more special. That took so much guts, George would have been so proud,” Skrillex wrote.
Your realness made that moment even more special. That took so much guts, George would have been so proud. @Adele ?— SKRILLEX (@Skrillex) February 13, 2017
Michael died in December, at age 53. The cause of his death remains inconclusive. The singer’s grandmother was Jewish, but hid her roots from her children, who were growing up during World War II.
“She thought if they didn’t know that their mother was Jewish, they wouldn’t be at risk,” Michael told The Los Angeles Times.
Watch the beginning of Adele’s performance below:
Adele stops, swears, then restarts George Michael tribute at the #GRAMMYs: ‘I can’t mess this up for him’ https://t.co/pcJ5YSWrso pic.twitter.com/oeRKXuVmwy— People Magazine (@people) February 13, 2017
Music royalty and newbies alike were mingling on the red carpet at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards where the fashions were a mix of classic cool with more than your share of sequins. But the real winners were the men who rocked the updated skinny suit.
Even before the red carpet began, the much talked about Amy Winehouse documentary, “Amy,” was the big winner in the Best Music Film category during the Grammys pre-telecast. The Oscar nominated film has been the darling of award season, winning a Golden Globe and the BAFTA for Best Documentary just a day before the Grammy Awards.
Mark Ronson, the producer and singer on “Uptown Funk” nominated for Record of the Year, updated the look of the plain blue suit by dressing it down. Ronson, a long-time Winehouse collaborator and friend, features heavily in “Amy” and is a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
British beauty, Ellie Goulding, was pretty in pink ahead of her Grammy performance with Andra Day. She is nominated for Best Pop Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media for her song “Love Me Like You Do” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack.
Jack Antonoff, a member of Taylor Swift’s producer squad for her “1989” album, is out to support Swift’s Album of the Year nomination. Antonoff’s girlfriend, was nowhere to be seen on the red carpet.
He also performed with Swift in the first performance of the night.
Award season is in full swing and the next big show just happens to be the music event of the year.
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are Monday February 15 and features some Jewish nominees you know very well, and some you didn’t even know were nominated.
Here are some Jewish performers and nominees to keep an eye on:
Ellie Goulding, the Jewish beauty from the UK, will be performing her hit, “Love Me Like You Do,” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack. The song catapulted her to the top of the charts in 2015, earning her a Golden Globe nomination. Goulding is nominated in the Best Pop Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media (read: best song written for film) categories.
She may have just recently achieved stardom in the States, but Goulding is a huge pop star in the UK. She had the honor of singing Elton John’s “Your Song” at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton for the couple’s first dance. Talk about stressful.
How many of this year’s nominees can say they are chummy with the royals?
Here is Goulding’s video for “Love Me Like You Do”:
Jack Antonoff, the singer and award-winning songwriter, is one of the producers nominated alongside Taylor Swift for Album of the Year for her record-breaking “1989” album. Antonoff, lead guitarist for the band Fun, is also Lena Dunham’s long-time boyfriend. This year’s Grammys will not be his first award show rodeo, he has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and has previously won two Grammys.
Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow
Two Jewish legends, albeit with very different musical styles, will be duking it out in the same category. Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow are both nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Dylan is nominated for “Shadows in the Night” and Manilow for “My Dream Duets.”
Canadian Jewish rapper Drake is a big nominee for Best Rap Album for “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late,” Best Rap Song for “Energy,” Best Rap Performance for “Back to Black” and “Truffle Butter” with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Only” with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown. So even if Drake loses, he’s still a winner with so many nominations. He gets an award for us for becoming meme of the year for “Hotline Bling.”
Academy Award nominated and much-discussed Amy Winehouse documentary, “Amy,” is nominated for Best Music Film. Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse, criticized and publicly distanced himself from the documentary for focusing too much on his late daughter’s drug addiction.
“A biracial Jewish former child star from Canadian television who’s a multimillion-dollar selling artist? You couldn’t create a better Canadian in a science lab.” That’s how one wag described rapper Drake, who made his debut as host of the Juno Awards — Canada’s Grammys — in Toronto last night. And from Drake’s red-carpet kiss with his kvelling Jewish mother to an appearance by a Semitic rock legend, the evening boasted a few Hebraic moments.
After escorting her son through the red-carpet gauntlet, Sandi Graham got a shout-out from Drake, who name-checked “my Jewish mother” in his opening monologue. Drake — nee Aubrey Drake Graham— was raised Jewish, bar mitzvahed and even went to Jewish day school, as the Forward has reported.
Garry Kasparov tells us what it’s like to play chess in the shadow of Bobby Fischer.
In a 1923 article in The Nation, “Romanian-Jewish-American-Yiddish novelist, journalist, dandy, screwball folklorist of the Gypsies” Konrad Bercovici described “The Greatest Jewish City in the World.”
An Israeli forger almost managed to sell a fake Kandinsky for three million Euro.
You have until February 27 to catch Yeshiva University’s annual Seforim Sale.
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