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