Adele’s tech-challenged Grammy performance of “All I Ask” was not down to Justin Bieber, and that’s according to the songstress herself.
The British comeback queen’s vocals during the ballad were out of tune in some places and her microphone kept cutting out. Apparently. a stray strumming-like sound also was heard at the beginning of the ballad by some TV viewers, US Weekly reports.
So, when Justin Bieber hit the stage shortly after Adele’s rendition, with an acoustic guitar in hand to kick off his performance, some armchair “experts” offered up opinions on Twitter assuming the Biebs had been strumming his guitar backstage. None of them had any actual knowledge of what was happening technically on the Staples Center stage on Monday night.
One user mused, writing, “Did @justinbieber throw his guitar just to be cool or because it ruined queen @Adele’s performance and he was #sorry?”
Another asked, “Did @justinbieber guitar tuning mess up @Adele’s performance?? #GRAMMYs.” (sic)
With no evidential basis for his opinion, musician Preston Wait concluded, “I think the mystery person playing acoustic guitar behind Adele was Bieber.”
Another wrote,” It was @justinbieber strumming that out of tune acoustic backstage before @Adele…Don’t you ruin anything else for me biebs… #GRAMMYs
As it turned out, Adele’s less-than-stellar “All I Ask” performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards had nothing to do with the Biebs supposedly tuning up his guitar backstage. That claim is completely false.
Shortly after coming off-stage, the “Rolling In The Deep” singer took to Twitter to explain the issue — and most likely — to ensure another artist isn’t needlessly blamed for the sort of technical problems that happen commonly in live situations.
“The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was,” Adele tweeted, before adding, “It made it sound out of tune. S— happens. X”
The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Shit happens. X
— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016
The 27-year-old mother-of-one added, “Because of it though… I’m treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it.”
Because of it though… I’m treating myself to an in n out. So maybe it was worth it.
— Adele (@Adele) February 16, 2016
Presumably, Adele’s reveal of the problem will be the final word on the matter. It’s noticeable that Bieber’s name is often roped into stories involving other celebrities without reason, as a convenient villain for an easy headline.
Regardless, Adele finished her performance despite the sound issues like a professional and received a standing ovation from the audience.
Meanwhile, Bieber had a great night at the star-studded, LL Cool J-hosted event. The pop icon won his first ever Grammy alongside Jack Ü’s Skrillex and Diplo for “Where Are Ü Now” — their collaborative EDM-Pop track.
The trio later performed their banger in a rocky-grungy style during the Grammy ceremony, after the heartthrob kicked off their spot with an emotive rendition of his former Billboard No. 1 “Love Yourself,” on acoustic guitar.
The Ed Sheeran-Bieber penned song appears on Bieber’s record-breaking, critically-acclaimed Purpose album.
The Jack Ü duo also won the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album. During a red-carpet with MTV News, Diplo and Skrillex revealed that Justin FaceTimed the pair mid-rehearsal to celebrate with them.
“He [Justin Bieber] was happy,” Diplo says in the clip below. “It’s great to win a Grammy.”
For the full list of Grammys 2016 winners hit the highlighted link.
— MTV News (@MTVNews) February 16, 2016
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