George Michael Grammys Tribute Video: Watch Adele “Fastlove” Grammy Awards Performance
As Gossip Cop reported, Michael died on Christmas last year, and an official cause of death has still yet to be determined. Over the course of his decades-long career, he was a game-changing force in the music industry, first with Wham and then as a solo artist. He won two Grammys, in 1987 and 1989, with his last nominations coming in 2005.
Days ago, the Recording Academy revealed it would honor both Michael and the late Prince, who died last April, with special tributes. No details were revealed, however, except that the segments would be “unforgettable.” Ken Ehrlich, the producer of the Grammys, said in a statement, “While the primary focus of the Grammys Awards is to celebrate and honor the year’s best in music, we consider it our responsibility to tell music’s broader story by honoring its legends lost — that’s what we strive to achieve with our annual tributes.”
He continued, “While it’s nearly impossible to convey the full depth of an artist’s cultural impact in a single performance, it’s that very challenge that has led us to some of our most memorable Grammy moments.” And this one will likely go down in bittersweet history. It began with a spoken tribute from host James Corden, who then introduced Adele.
She started singing a new arrangement of “Fastlove,” but then apparently messed up. The superstar cursed and asked to start the song over, saying she didn’t want to “mess this up.” And then she sang flawlessly. Still, she burst into tears afterward, though she received a heartfelt standing ovation from her fellow music stars.
Earlier, Adele opened the Grammys” with “Hello.” Check out the tribute below.