Adele performed this song in tribute to George Michael at the Grammy Awards in 2017, where she opened the telecast with a rousing rendition of her song "Hello
." About a minute into the Michael tribute, Adele bobbled and stopped the song, saying, "I f--ked up, I can't do it again like last year," a reference to her glitchy performance a year earlier. She had the orchestra start over, saying, "I cant mess this up for him," and took it from the top, this time getting through without a hitch in a stirring performance.
Later in the show, she won Song of the Year for "Hello." In her acceptance speech, she apologized for swearing.
Adele met Michael in 2011 - they were introduced by Elton John. A planned collaboration never panned out, but Michael made a special appearance at the Brit Awards in 2012 to give Adele the trophy for Best Album, and in 2015, Adele dressed as Michael in tribute for her 27th birthday.
So why did she choose this song? "My earliest memory of me being a fan was 'Fastlove,'" she told the press after the ceremony. "When the video came out, I was blown away by how hot he was. I was young. I was about 10 and I heard the vulnerability in that song."