Hello, it's Adele, here to slay the pants off of the 2016 Grammy Awards. If you needed paramedics on hand to resuscitate you after watching Adele perform "All I Ask" at the 2016 Grammys on Monday night, then I'm sure you weren't the only one. Though the "Hello" singer wasn't up for any nominations herself — 25 missed the deadline to be considered for any nominations this year, though, so I'm sure it'll sweep next year — the powers that be obviously couldn't let the award show go by without an earth-shattering performance from the powerhouse vocalist. And thankfully so: She belted out "All I Ask" with such stunning finesse (despite some awkward sound problems) that I want to somehow go back in time and retroactively nominate 25 for all the awards. (Though, TBH, tonight is Kendrick Lamar's moment to shine — something that Adele knew as well, as she gave the rapper a shoutout at the end of her performance.)
While it doesn't come as a surprise that every time Adele opens her mouth the heavens part and rays of light shine down upon us all, you have to admit that there is just something a little extra special about her Grammy performances. Having performed at the award show in both 2009 and 2012, Adele's 2016 Grammys performance packed that same emotional oomph — the kind of visceral passion that emanates so beautifully from that VOICE. The kind that simultaneously brings the house down and also brings you to tears. (And maybe even the hospital, you know, from that lack of breathing and all).
Sure, there were unfortunate moments — like the fact that the SOUND DARE CUT OUT during Adele's performance (blasphemous!) — but Adele powered through, slaying the game as always and letting her killer vocals take center stage. According to the Associated Press, "a CBS spokesperson confirmed there was a five-to-eight second technical issue with the broadcast, adding without elaboration that it was outside the network's control."
Considering "All I Ask" was co-written with Bruno Mars (a fact the "Uptown Funk" singer made sure to point out when he introduced Adele's performance), there's really no way you can go wrong, even with some unfortunate circumstances out of everyone's control. Kill it, Adele!
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