Adele apologized to George Michael after flubbing a tribute performance to the late singer during the Grammys.
Singing a slowed-down version of the pop icon’s 1996 song “Fastlove,” Adele seemed to suffer an audio malfunction and stopped the performance — but not before cursing at her mistake.
“I’m sorry for swearing and I’m sorry for starting again,” she said. “Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him.”
She did just that, backed by photos and videos of the “Faith” singer, but Adele looked visibly upset throughout the rest of the song.
Corden introduced the performance by describing Michael, his first guest on Carpool Karaoke, as “an artist like no other, a true original, one of the finest male vocalists of his generation.”
Michael died on Dec. 25 at the age of 53 after a legendary career.
This is the second year in a row that Adele has messed up at the Grammys.
She suffered similar audio issues during the 2016 award show.
Celebrities praised Adele for her performance, however.
“Your realness made that moment even more special,” Skrillex tweeted. “That took so much guts, George would have been so proud.”
“I commend @Adele for starting over and making it right! Very very good,” said Charlie Puth.
“@Adele, you get every do over you ever need. Ever,” wrote Ellen DeGeneres.