Adele’s performance of “All I Ask” at the Grammy Awards Monday was powerful, emotional and, ultimately, marred by audio issues.
Shortly after the show, the singer took to Twitter to explain the primary problem (a mic fell on the piano strings) and to share her seemingly nonchalant reaction (in short, “sh– happens”).
But during an interview for Thursday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the “Hello” hit maker confessed it hit her harder than she’d let on.
“I cried pretty much all day yesterday,” she said during the chat that was recorded earlier in the week.
Tears aren’t necessarily a bad sign, though.
“In fairness I would have cried if it went really well, as well,” she added. “If it was a standout performance, I would have cried. … I always cry.”
Despite the mishap and what she called her own “pitchy” sound, it wasn’t the quality of the performance that hit her as hard as the reaction to it.
“I was embarrassed,” Adele explained. “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.”
But she won’t be as embarrassed if something like that happens again.
“Because it was TV, I couldn’t make it my own — I couldn’t make the disaster my own,” she said. “Next time I have any sound issues, I am going to stop. ‘Sorry, that’s not working for me. If we have time to do it again, let’s do it. Otherwise, bye!’”