Adele will be known for a few more things after her appearances at the Grammys this past Sunday, one of which will be her somber ballad version of George Michael’s “Fastlove” and what it could have been.
During her performance, she stopped her band mid-song and told the crowd: “Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.” Watch below.
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Originally, the tribute was going to feature Adele, Beyonce, Rihanna and James Corden performing a mashup of “Fastlove”, “Freedom” and “One More Try” but it did not pan out in the end. The all-star mashup was originally suggested by Michael Lippman, Michael’s longtime manager, but it was scrapped when it became obvious “how passionate Adele was” about the late pop icon.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, said that the “Hello” singer “…had a vision for what she wanted to do with it,” and therefore went with her version of the song which was arranged and conducted by Hans zimmer, instead of the all-star mashup version that was originally planned.
Backstage at the Grammys, Adele also shared her thoughts on George Michael, saying:
“I found him to be one of the truest icons, because a lot of the time, with people who are that globally known and famous, there tends to be… not a fakeness in a bad way, but they put on this massive bravado and alter-ego to protect themselves. And he was very British. No matter where his career or love life took him, he always remained true to Britain and they gave him a hard f—ing time a lot of the time, but he still stayed loyal until the very end. … I relate to that — no matter how much I try to escape Britain sometimes, my roots are there. I took great comfort in him — and the bigger my career got, in trying to remain myself.”