Adele gave a beautiful tribute performance to George Michael at the 2017 GRAMMYs tonight as she sung a slower rendition of "Fastlove." The late icon passed away on Dec. 25, 2016 at the age of 53. Adele's emotions got the best of her during the first round of the performance, as she told the backing orchestra to stop the music so she could start over again. "I can't mess this up for him," the artist said after apologizing for cursing on live TV.
But once the song kicked up again, Adele gave it her all while draped in black velvet. Images of the legendary Michael were shown on the screen, which gave the performance even more of a somber tone. "Fastlove" was first released in 1996 as a single from Michael's third studio album Older. Earlier in the ceremony, Adele took home two GRAMMY awards: Best Pop Vocal Album for 25 and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Hello."
The tribute was a special moment for Adele, as the singer counts Michael as one of her inspirations. In 2015, she dressed up as the fellow Brit musician during his rugged '80s era for her 27th birthday. "Thank you for the birthday wishes I had a wonderful time! I was my hero x #gottahavefaith," she wrote on Twitter.
The George Michael tribute was one of four tonight, with artists honoring Prince (who died last April at age 57), Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, Andra Day and Tori Kelly paying homage to the Bee Gees, and John Legend and Cynthia Erivo providing the GRAMMYs "In Memoriam" segment.
George Michael's cause of death was due to heart failure. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," his publicist wrote when the news first broke.
The artist initially made his mark on music in the early '80s as part of Wham! with schoolmate Andrew Ridgeley. Michael then embarked on a solo career in 1987 with his debut Faith album, which included timeless classics like "I Want Your Sex" and "Freedom."
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