Adele appeared on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to further discuss her Grammys mishap, when the mic fell on a piano during her performance of “All I Ask.” The sound issue became one of the most talked about moments of the night, even after Adele tweeted an explanation for the slip. (“The piano mics fell on to the piano strings, that’s what the guitar sound was. It made it sound out of tune. Sh– happens,” she wrote late Monday night.)
When asked what exactly happened, Adele told Ellen DeGeneres, “Sound check was great. Went really well. I was really excited, and then during the changeover. The microphones fell onto the piano strings which is what the guitar noise was. Some people thought it was Justin Bieber rehearsing, but it wasn’t him. We’re on great terms. And then it kind of put the whole thing off really.”
She continued, saying she heard the noise right away. “I wanted to turn, I knew what it was because in rehearsal on Saturday they were like we’re going to double mic the piano just in case one doesn’t work. And I knew where the mic was and I wanted to turn around and lift it up, but I froze. But I actually felt like it went well.”
Adele also addressed her pitch, saying she’s always a “bit pitchy” because of her “emotion” while singing. “When I’m flat and I’m sharp I’m just emotional but it was fine,” she said. “I wanted to tell everyone straight away because it seemed to be a lot of confusion about what it was. I was embarrassed. I woke up the next morning to people in England being like. We still love you, don’t worry and I was like, I didn’t ask you if you still loved me, but thanks. I was so embarrassed.”
Though she told DeGeneres she “cried pretty much all day yesterday,” Adele insisted it was still a great night. “It wasn’t too bad. I treated myself to a burger and a beer.”
See her whole comments below.