Above: Adele accepted the Grammy for Album of the Year for ''25.'' (Photo by Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times)
You heard the f-bombs she dropped during the Grammys. Backstage after winning all five Grammys for which she was nominated, she was still apologizing for her language and for receiving the album of the year trophy that she thought Beyoncé richly deserved. By now, you know Adele. She just keeps talking and telling you what’s on her mind. No filter.
She spoke of her love of Beyoncé and George Michael, both of whom she saluted during the ceremonies. And she gave a bit of the backstory on her Grammy-winning song and record of the year, “Hello,” and her album, “25.”
Oh, let’s just let Adele talk.
She started by saying “I don’t do interviews.” Then she told all -- and dropped a few more f-bombs -- for 10 minutes.
She was “devastated” by having to start over during her tribute to Michael. She didn’t explain exactly what happened. But she explained her love for the late British rock star.
It started with his hit “Fastlove,” the song she performed during the Grammys.
“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.”
At first, Adele said Michael’s family didn’t want a tribute to him at the Grammys but they reconsidered when they heard she’d be involved.
“I found him to be one of the truest icons, because famous people often create this massive bravado to protect themselves, but for him it wasn’t based on a look or an assumption,” she said.
Adele also spoke of the difficulty of writing material for “25” after giving birth to her son.
“I felt the pressure writing ’25,’ and in the process I couldn’t find my voice. I’m still not sure I did,” she admitted. “I was gone for so long. I had my baby and raised him through the toddler years, and then slowly edged my way back into work, but I thought that nobody would care.”
She said her writing contributions to “25” were less than what she did for “21” because “I had a bad drinking problem with ’21,’ so I couldn’t really find the inspiration this time around.”
To illustrate how challenging the writing was, she explained that “Hello” was originally written as “Hello Misery.”
Adele then returned to the subject of Beyoncé. The Brit was more composed backstage than she’d been on the Grammy podium. She told the story how as an 11-year-old, she came to idolize the American R&B star.
Adele and some friends were looking for a song to sing at a school assembly. She suggested a Spice Girls tune and her friends played a track by Destiny’s Child.
“I remember how I felt when I heard it, and I fell in love immediately with her and that was when I was 11, and I’m 28 now, and how I felt when I heard ‘No, No, No’ was exactly how I felt when I heard ‘Lemonade’ last year,” she said. “For her to be making such relevant music for that long of a period — I felt like it was her time to win — what does she have to do to win album of the year?”
After calling the Grammys “very traditional,” Adele thought this was the year the tide would turn.
“I’m very grateful to have won it, but I felt the need [to offer the praise to Beyoncé during her acceptance speech] because I love her and I felt she is more worthy.”
Then, as Adele was leaving the press area, she proclaimed: “You’ll never hear from me again.”