Grammys: Adele, Recording Academy President Explain Audio Glitch

Grammys: Adele Audio Glitch Explained by
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Adele has a voice that barely needs a microphone, but it was marred by an audio glitch at Monday night’s 58th annual Grammy Awards.

While she was performing emotional ballad “All I Ask,” her mic cut out early in the song. From there, the audio appeared to continue to falter, with viewers taking to social media to point out the issues.

Recording Academy president Neil Portnow addressed the audio snafus after the show, citing issues with the onstage piano while speaking to reporters on stage.

Portnow said that in the process of lifting the piano onto a satellite stage, a microphone inside the piano dropped, which caused the clanking sound heard over the broadcast. They tried to correct it by going to a backup system, which caused the feed to be lost for a second.

“To Adele’s credit, she killed it, she did a fantastic job, the pro that she is,” Portnow said. “That was all an issue on our behalf. Kenny (Ehrlich) asked that we make that really clear to everybody.”

As for Adele, the “Hello” singer took the mishap in stride, saying that she was treating herself to In-N-Out Burger because of the incident and brushing it all aside by saying “s–t happens.”

Andrew Barker contributed to this report.

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    1. Jacques Strappe says:

      Even the best singers can have off nights. The mic and piano snafu was out of her control but the show must go on. She was badly off key on a couple prominent notes which was not a mic problem as the media initially reported but the twangy piano sound and the mic drop for a few seconds might have rattled her or could have been wildly distracting from start to finish. She’ll not only survive that performance but thrive. Her first tweet after her performance was so Adele when she said, “Shit happens.”

    2. I don’t like Adele’s new album and songs at all and can not understand how she”s number one. She’s completely overrated. Where have all the memorable, catchy good lyrics songs gone?

    3. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

      Adele is what dystopia sounds like. Depressing.

    4. Avis Holt says:

      That’s what I love about Adele, she’s REAL!!! She has one of the best voices of all time. She can’t help it if the equipment goes wrong. If it was one of our DIVAS, not mentioning any names but there are many, they would have flipped a wig. On another subject, I hope to God the media doesn’t focus on her weight just because she’s lost some. We women go thru that all our lives so don’t make a big deal about it. PLEASE!!

    5. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

      Adele is a depressing voice for a dark age in music. All her songs sound the same, like bitching and moaning at a funeral.

    6. Jacques Strappe says:

      The mic drop for a few seconds and the weird piano sound aside, Adele did hit a few very flat notes that didn’t sound like a tech glitch but rather her own voice being off pitch in a few instances. Even the greatest singers have off nights. Maybe the mic drop and piano sound rattled her, too.

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