Adele's 2017 Grammys Performance Could Be A Standout Musical Moment Of The Year
If you feel in urgent need of a powerful pick-me-up, then there may well be one musical moment coming soon that could do just that. The Recording Academy announced on Friday morning that Adele is performing at the 2017 Grammy Awards, and this isn't just great news for fans of the singer, but also for anyone just plain needing a cathartic cleanse of emotion. Because, as we all know, she is the reigning queen of delivering highly emotional ballads of pure catharsis that are as emboldening as they are moving. And not only is Adele nominated for five Grammy Awards this year, all of which she stands a good chance of winning, but she now also has a terrific chance of delivering one of the most iconic musical moments of 2017 at the ceremony.
Due to sing one of the many songs from her ludicrously successful album, 25 (which was a best selling release of both 2015 and 2016), I have a feeling that Adele will absolutely steal the show at this year's ceremony. Taking place on Fab. 12, this will be the second consecutive Grammy Awards performance for the singer, and it's one that I'm sure she'll be eager to do even bigger and better than usual. After all, you might recall that Adele's Grammys performance in 2016 was troubled by technical difficulties while she sang, "All I Ask."
When Adele's piano microphones fell onto the strings of the instrument, the show had to switch to a backup sound system. This caused a momentary drop in audio that understandably threw the singer off. On The Ellen Show, Adele confessed that the audio issues meant that she "cried pretty much all day," but also explained how she managed to learn from the experience:
If it wasn't live TV I would have busted a joke, but because it was TV, I couldn't make it my own. I couldn't make the disaster my own. Next time I will. 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!
As anyone who has ever had to suffer through their own troubled live performance can attest, such an experience definitely makes you stronger and more determined to completely wow audiences the next time around.
The blight of a technical issue like that doesn't just provide you with a vital lesson moving forward, but it also possesses performers with the inspiration to prove their talents to their fullest at the next possible opportunity. And, for Adele, that opportunity is the 2017 Grammy Awards.
It's worth stating that, obviously, Adele has nothing to prove to anyone as a performer. She clearly possesses a significant talent that mere mortals like ourselves can do little more than stare in adulation at. But, all things considered, it certainly stands to reason that Adele might be raising her already tremendous singing game to new heights at the Grammy Awards this year.
If not for herself, then definitely for her fans. And especially when considering how tense and truly fraught 2017 is shaping up to be socially and politically, she may well feel a responsibility as a performer to express what so many of us are feeling this year.
It's worth remembering, after all, that Adele shared her support for Hillary Clinton at one of her live shows in 2016. As reported by The Huffington Post, Adele shared her opinions on the presidential election to an audience in Miami, stating:
I am English, but what happens in America affects me too. Don’t vote for him. ... I can’t vote, but I am 100 percent for Hillary Clinton. I love her, she’s amazing.
Though Adele didn't mention Trump's name directly, it doesn't take a genius to figure out who she was telling the crowd not to vote for.
And, with that in mind, it's easy to imagine that Adele may well be hoping to completely blow the roof off the 2017 Grammy Awards in order to make up for her unfairly problematic performance of 2016. But it's also easy to imagine her, as an empathetic, absolute treasure of an artist, taking on the current emotional weight of American politics and spinning it into a solid gold Grammys performance. One that is sure to have us sobbing at our TV screens, but feeling all the better for it.