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Adele stops, restarts George Michael Grammy tribute: 'I can't mess this up for him'

Adele sang "Fastlove" in honor of the late Wham! singer, who passed away on Christmas Day.
/ Source: TODAY

While the Grammy Awards was mostly a celebration of today’s music, it also took time to honor the artists we lost in the past year, including George Michael.

Adele saluted Michael, a fellow Brit, with a performance of his song “Fastlove,” though she needed a re-do after something apparently went wrong.

Adele, who suffered technical issues during a Grammy performance last year, cut short her first attempt while swearing and apologizing. ”I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him,” she explained before launching into the song again.

Adele at the Grammys
With George Michael's picture in the background, Adele pays tribute to the late former Wham! singer.Valerie Macon / AFP - Getty Images

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After finishing her performance, Adele was visibly moved, with tears in her eyes.

Adele at the Grammys
Adele was overcome with emotion during her tribute to George Michael.

Later in the night, as she accepted the song of the year award for “Hello,” she apologized for her language, saying of George Michael, “I love him, he means a lot to me.”

Michael passed away Christmas Day at the age of 53.