Saturday, April 13, 2024

Adele Grammy Update: She Was Supposed to Sing A Different Song, Not “All I Ask”


Here’s a little intel on Adele and her botched performance of “All I Ask.”

Exclusively, I can tell you she was not supposed to sing “All I Ask.” That may have been one reason why the whole piano-microphone thing was so botched.

My sources tell me she was scheduled to sing “When We Were Young.” It’s a much better song, and it’s her single of the moment that Sony was trying to promote. She’s sung it a few times recently.

So what happened? “She decided she wanted to do something stark that would stand out,” says my insider. So “All I Ask” was hastily put together. The rest, as we know, is history and burgers. My source insists it was a technical glitch that made Adele sound so horrid. But I say — and so do others in the Staples Center– it was just human error. Adele couldn’t hear what was going on, and followed the piano into a hole.

It happens. Or as Adele put it so well, “Shit happens.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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