Midway through her tribute performance to George Michael, Adele abruptly cut the performance short and asked to restart the song. So why did Adele start her George Michael Grammys tribute over? She wanted to do the artist justice, of course. About 30 seconds into the performance, Adele said,
At that moment, the crowd rallied around the star in a show of support and encouragement while the singer took a deep breath to restart her tribute performance of "Fastlove" to honor the late musician who died on Christmas day in 2016. Though it would've been simple for Adele to gloss over the flub she made during the song, she wanted to do the late performer justice and so she paused, asked to start over, and she began again. For some Twitter users, the moment was the embodiment of the "nevertheless, she persisted" quote — the line delivered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in reference to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
At least year's Grammys, Adele's microphone dropped out on the piano keys, which caused a momentary — but noticeable — audio gap. Following the performance, Academy President Neil Portnow said:
Adele later discussed the moment on Ellen by clearing up what she'd do on stage if this ever happened again. She told Ellen DeGeneres:
Although tonight's moment didn't exactly go the way she wanted it to, you have to give credit to Adele for holding the performance close to her chest and making the right call for herself and for the memory of the artist she was paying tribute to. She did it on her own terms — that's what matters.