Adele may have had to start her George Michael tribute performance of “Fast Love” over due to some sound issues that have seemingly plagued her at the Grammys every time she performs on their stage, but she didn’t let that stop her from performing beautifully and honoring the late singer’s memory. The song was a slower and more soulful version of the song that everyone knows and loves, and some of the sentiment online and among George Michael fans is that the composition wasn’t the right choice for the occasion, even though it was clearly meant to convey the sadness we are all feeling about his passing over the holidays.
There were many other directions that the Grammys production could have gone in should they wanted, however the entire feel of the show was a slowed down and mournful affair — with the exception of a few later performances that ratcheted up the energy again — and in that way Adele’s performance fit well. Bowie’s tribute last year was a medley and Prince’s tribute on Sunday was one of the most fun songs from his entire catalogue, so either of those styles could have been employed with George Michael’s tribute.
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