She's already got an armload of Grammys, the #1 album in the country and a line of admirers that stretches from Los Angeles to London, but all Adele has ever really wanted is her own "Unplugged." On Thursday (March 3), she'll finally get hers, when "VH1 Unplugged: Adele" premieres on VH1.com at 7 p.m. ET, and then airs on the network proper the following night, at 11 p.m. ET.
For a singer who's already accomplished so much in 22 short years, you'd think that filming "Unplugged" would be just another stop along her road to success. But you'd be wrong. To hear Adele tell it, "Unplugged" is the culmination of a dream that started nearly a decade ago.
"My favorite one is the Lauryn Hill one; I've got that one on CD as well," she told MTV News. "I've never been so choked up by something, and it was so refreshing — I mean, I was still very young when she did her 'Unplugged,' and when Miseducation ... came out, I was really young, but that is the most influential record of my life. It's my favorite record of all time. But I never knew anything about her, she was so elusive ... but just to see her [on 'Unplugged'], and that broken look, just her and a guitar, her banter between the songs — I felt like how I feel when I hear Etta James. I was just like, 'I totally get it. She's in my head, she's in my heart, she knows me.'
"It's quite a special moment when you suddenly have that link and bond with an artist, and I finally got that with her, when I heard that," she continued. "So yeah, it was a complete joy [to do my own episode]."
Bits and pieces of Adele's "Unplugged" set — including a soulful take on Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman" — have already been rolling out on the VH1 blog, and the full performance includes songs from both her 19 and 21 albums. Adele definitely seemed to be channeling not only the spirit of the immortal Aretha during the Harlem taping of the show, but her icon Hill too.
Trust us, you don't want to miss a minute of it. She gets emotional on "Someone Like You" and fiery on "Rolling in the Deep." In fact, the whole thing feels very much like a dream come true, probably because it was. Trust us, you don't want to miss a minute of it.