She barely needs a microphone and there’s no doubting the power of her pipes, but Adele looked visibly shaken while experiencing some technical issues during her Grammy performance of her song All I Ask this week.
The singer has now gone on Twitter to reveal that the pour sound came from piano microphones falling on piano strings. It made her performance sound out of tune, as Adele admitted afterwards: “Shit happens”.
CBS, the network that aired the ceremony in the US, quickly distanced itself from the incident. They said: “There was a brief five-eight-second technical issue that was out of our control.”
Grammy Academy President Neil Portnow said that the show switched to a backup sound system during Adele’s song, which caused the audio to drop.
Adele was pictured looking furious when she returned to her seat beside her long-term partner Simon Konecki following the performance.
Still, the 27-year-old tweeted that she treated herself to a burger in order to get over it, writing: “Because of it though… I’m treating myself to an In N Out. So maybe it was worth it.”
Adele’s performance wasn’t the only one plagued by sound issues, with Justin Bieber’s routine also littered with difficulties. And in what appears to have been another sound issue, Bruno Mars could be seen celebrating his Record of the Year win for Uptown Funk moments before it was even announced onscreen.
During the livestream, CBS experienced further difficulties and were forced to issue a statement admitting: “Some users experienced temporary difficulty accessing the live online feed of the Grammys. Our location services provider had a brief issue verifying user location.
“That issue has since been resolved and all users are back online.”
The Grammys saw Kendrick Lamar and Alabama Shakes win the most gongs, while Taylor Swift became the first female solo artist to win Album Of The Year twice, following her triumph with 1989.
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