Adele‘s Grammys performance was a reminder that when you’re performing on live TV, things can go awry even for the very best voices in music. And on today’s (Feb. 18) episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the multiple Grammy winner revealed that she “cried pretty much all day” after the 2016 Grammys.
Performing 25 track “All I Ask,” Adele’s set got off to a rocky start when the “piano mics fell on to the piano strings,” according to a post-Grammys tweet from the U.K. singer-songwriter. After that, Adele’s typically astounding voice sounded a bit off for the rest of the performance.
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
“It threw the whole thing off,” Adele admitted to Ellen. “Next time I have any sound issues, I am going to start over. [I will tell them] ‘sorry, that’s not working for me.’ Otherwise… bye!” she added, laughing.
“In fairness I would have cried if it went really well. If it was a standout performance, I would have cried as well. I always cry,” Adele said. “I was so embarrassed…. It can’t get much worse than the Grammys.”
Despite the high profile sound issues, Adele’s live vocal prowess is well documented — and based on the immediate social media response, everyone seems to understand that her Grammy performance was an aberration and not the norm for her.
Watch Adele chat with Ellen — and leave a “Hello, it’s me” voicemail on DeGeneres’ phone — below.