Adele‘s appearance at the Grammy Awards this past Sunday sparked a lot of discussion online after her performance of the ballad ‘All I Ask’ was mired with technical glitches and audio problems. Adele initially blamed the problems on faulty piano mics, according to ET Online, but she went into more detail with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday and said that the controversy had brought her to tears.
“Sound check was great — went really well. I was really excited and then during the changeover, the microphones fell onto the piano strings which is what the guitar noise was,” Adele told DeGeneres. “Some people thought it was Justin Bieber rehearsing, but it wasn’t him. We’re on great terms. And then it kind of put the whole thing off really.”
Adele said she knew immediately that something was wrong but she froze in the heat of the moment and decided to just try and power through the song.
“I knew where the mic was and I wanted to turn around and lift it up, but I froze,” she said. Adele added that she was hesitant to do anything because it was a live show.
“If it wasn’t live TV, I would have busted a joke. But because it was [live] TV, I couldn’t make it my own. I couldn’t make the disaster my own.”
But Adele added that she felt like the performance still “went well” and attributed what some fans thought was “pitchiness” to her just being emotional as usual.
“I’m always a bit pitchy anyways … I am! It’s emotion,” she explained. “When I’m flat and I’m sharp, I’m just emotional, but it was fine.”
But what really brought the emotions out for the singer is when she woke up the next morning and saw some of the reaction online and elsewhere.
“I woke up the next morning to people in England being like, ‘We still love you! Don’t worry!’ And I was like, ‘I didn’t ask you if you still loved me, but thanks. I was so embarrassed,” the singer said. “I cried pretty much all day yesterday.”
“In fairness, I would have cried if it went really well as well,” she continued. “If it was a standout performance, I would have cried as well. I always cry! I kept spontaneously bursting into tears yesterday.”
Adele added that she’s taking it all in stride now, though.
“I don’t feel like it could go that much worse than the Grammys though, so I feel like I’m alright now. Anything that happens, dust it off!”