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Adele Powers Through Grammy Performance Marred by Technical Problems

Among the many memorable Grammy performances from last night, one of which was Adele’s take of her 25 ballad “All I Ask”, though not for the right reasons.

Adele’s individual performance aside, the song was impaired by technical issues that ended up causing the sound to be… less than amazing. Odd acoustic guitar strumming can be heard throughout the performance, which originally many believed to be Justin Beiber’s guitar player warming up.

Though it wasn’t until after the show Adele tweeted, explaining that the odd sound issues came from a mic that had fallen inside the piano, landing on the strings. That’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune,” she said. “Shit Happens.”

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow praised Adele for powering through the mishap, saying “When you’re performing…in an intimate performance like she was doing…it can be unnerving. All credit to her.”

He went on to explain the audio problems, saying, “These things happen…all the time to all kinds of people. Rarely, on our show, by the way, I will say, we have an extraordinary track record.” According to Portnow the engineers swapped to a backup audio system which explains why the sound inadvertently cuts out only a couple seconds into the performance.

The bright side? Adele still managed to sound flawless as she normally does, and treated herself after a well-deserved post-show snack at In-N-Out Burger.

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