Adele Explains What Happened During Grammy Performance on ‘Ellen’

adele on the ellen show

Adele‘s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday could not have come at a better time, as it gave the British singer a great opportunity to explain what happened during her live performance at the Grammys on Monday night. A performance in which Adele had major sound issues, and had moments where she sounded a bit flat.

Adele told Ellen, “Soundcheck was great. It went really well. I was really excited and then, during the changeover during the ad break, the microphones fell onto the piano strings — which was what the guitar noise was — some people thought it was Bieber rehearsing, but it wasn’t him. We’re on great terms. And it kind of put the whole thing off really”.

Adele said she knew exactly what the problem was as soon as it happened, and had wanted to turn around to pick up the microphones but she just froze. Next time, however, she said she will definitely stop the performance and just say “This isn’t working for me. If we have time to do it again, we will. Otherwise, bye”.

Of course, being Adele and wanting to always be perfect and, with the Grammys being such a big deal for her as she hadn’t sung there in four years, she told Ellen she cried all day the day afterwards as she was embarrassed and upset.

But, “It wasn’t too bad, as I treated myself to a burger and a beer”.

In better news, though, Adele finally made it to Disneyland — a place her grandad was going to take her when she was 11 or 12, but he died when she was 10.

The singer told Ellen it was an incredibly emotional experience for her and that, both she and her 3-year-old son had had a fabulous time.

Watch Adele on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ below. As usual, she is completely and openly herself and, yes, she gave a beautiful live performance of ‘When We Were Young‘.

About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.