After a rocky performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards, superstar singer Adele is already brushing of the minor snafu. The artist appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" just days after her now-infamous Grammy performance to set the record straight about what went wrong and why she’ll never let it happen again.
For those that missed the Grammys, the 27-year-old singer took the stage to sing her new song, the highly emotional ballad “All I Ask.” However, the performance was marred early on by audio problems that made the stripped down performance sound like it was being accompanied by an out-of-tune guitar, despite her only musical backing being a piano. After the show, the artist took to Twitter to explain that a microphone malfunctioned and fell on the piano strings, causing the entire show to go out of tune. The sound engineers were able to fix it, but it meant cutting her audio briefly during the live broadcast.
During a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, the singer spoke to the talk show host about the night and her reaction to it. Specifically, she addressed some very out there rumors that her time on stage was sabotaged by a fellow artist warming up back stage.
“Sound check was great — went really well. I was really excited and then during the changeover, the microphones fell onto the piano strings which is what the guitar noise was," Adele said. "Some people thought it was [Justin] Bieber rehearsing, but it wasn't him. We're on great terms. And then it kind of put the whole thing off really."
Despite being one of the biggest names in music since 2012, the singer has never quite overcome her stage fright. She confessed that it was in full swing at the Grammys, especially once things started going wrong. However, being the professional that she is, she shared with Ellen her thoughts on what she would do differently were such a thing to come up in the future.
“If it wasn’t live TV, I would have busted a joke. But because it was [live] TV, I couldn’t make it my own. I couldn’t make the disaster my own,” she said. “Next time I have any sound issues, I am gonna stop. I’ll be like, ‘Sorry, that’s not working for me. If we have time to do it again, let’s do it, otherwise, bye!”
Grammys setback aside, Adele’s career is in full swing thanks to the recent release of her new album, “25.” According to Billboard, the third record from the artist is poised to reach No. 1 on the top 200 chart for the ninth nonconsecutive week if the outlet’s industry forecasters are correct. Overall, between her post-show tweet and appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” it seems Adele isn’t letting the awkward Grammy performance affect her. After all, she still received a standing ovation from the crowd once it was all over.