Adele stops during emotional George Michael Grammys tribute: 'I can't mess this up for him'

'I can't mess this up for him': Adele restarts emotional George Michael Grammys tribute 'I can't mess this up for him': Adele restarts emotional George Michael Grammys tribute
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Adele restarted her tribute to George Michael at the Grammy Awards, but still took home five awards Sunday night, including album, record and song of the year.

The British superstar wanted her performance of Fastlove during the George Michael tribute at Sunday's Grammy Awards to be perfect. So when it wasn't, she cursed, then started over on live television.

"I'm sorry. I can't mess this up for him," she said to the audience. "Can we start again?"

The second attempt at the performance was flawless and heartfelt, as images of the late singer, who died unexpectedly on Christmas Day at age 53, played on the screen behind her.

Adele performs George Michael's Festlove at the Grammys Credit: Getty Images

The 28-year-old looked near tears as she finished, as the crowd received the performance with a standing ovation at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Adele kicked off the awards with a live and perfect rendition of her comeback anthem, Hello.  

She beat Beyonce in the top three categories with 25, and repeated her accomplishments from 2012, when the British star also won album, song and record of the year at the Grammys, becoming the first person to win all three twice.

The British singer used her speech to honour Beyonce and her groundbreaking Lemonade album, which was also nominated.

"The way you make my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel is empowering," Adele said when accepting album of the year.

"I adore you. You move my soul everyday ... I adore you and I want you to be my mommy," the British star said to a very pregnant Beyonce just minutes before picking up song of the year for Hello.

At last year's show, the British singer had a hiccup after a microphone inside a piano fell onto the instrument's strings during her performance of All I Ask.

 

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