British singer/songwriter, Adele, really hit the music scene in 2008 with her album debut 19, but it was her album, 21, that really launched her career into stardom. The success of 21 was astounding. 21 was ‘Album of the Year‘, it won 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Brit Awards and 3 American Music Awards. The album is certified platinum in the UK and Diamond in the US. 21 also put Adele’s name in the Guinness Book of World Records. She is the first woman to have 3 simultaneous top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, the first female singer to have 2 albums in the top 5 of the Billboard 200, 2 singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, and 21 holds the record for longest running number one album by a female solo artist for the UK and US Album Charts.
With her past successes, Adele ordinarily receives accolades for her performances, but what happened to her on Grammy night, mystified everyone. As she began singing ‘All I Ask‘ from her latest album 25, a clanking sound could be heard as her microphone briefly cut out, and to top it off, the normally throaty sounded singer sounded flat. It was later discovered that a microphone had fallen onto the piano as it was lifted into the air, which contributed to the technical malfunction, so the impaired performance was not Adele’s fault by any means, but that didn’t make her feel any better. The day after her Grammy performance, Adele admittedly cried the whole day. Then again, Adele admitted she is a very emotional person and she likely would have cried even if everything had been perfect.
In an interview with comedian and talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, the British singer talked about her recent performance at the awards night. Adele said knew right away what was wrong, but because it was a live performance, she froze and continued singing, instead of stopping and fixing the problem. The technical problems were beyond her control that night, but she persevered through her song, dismissing critics claims she was singing off key. If it ever happens again though, she has a plan. “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!”
Adele is currently on tour promoting her latest album, 25. Her tour begins in Europe, and then she crosses the pond into North America to wrap it up in late 2016.