Adele had one of her biggest nights in music this past Sunday at the Grammys. Not only did the "Hello" singer open the show with her number one hit, but she also performed a tribute to the late George Michael, and won Record and Album of the Year. Wooh.
Adele also made headlines for "honorably" dedicating her Album of the Year award to her "idol" Beyonce. As such, you would think that Adele would jump at the opportunity to perform with her so-called idol but a Grammy producer is revealing that certainly is not the case.
Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich revealed to Billboard that the George Michael tribute initially looked very different.
According to Ehrlich, Grammy-host James Corden's team initially pitched a medley tribute performed by himself, Adele, Beyonce, and Rihanna.
The idea was scrapped when it became clear “how passionate Adele was,” Ehrlich said. “She had a vision for what she wanted to do with it.”
In the build-up to the performance, Adele reportedly worked with Michael’s lawyers to secure visuals for the tribute. Backstage at the Grammys, Adele explained that while Michael’s family initially didn’t want an award show tribute, “they came back and were very specific that it be me.” She also discussed her love for Michael:
I found him to be one of the truest icons, because a lot of the time, with people who are at 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 fucking 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. It was an honor to do it tonight.
Adele going through so much to carry out the tribute seems almost pointless as she ended up having to restart it mid-way after some technical difficulties.
As a fan of all three ladies, it would have been cool to see a mega tribute between the three.