The last time Adele took the Grammy stage, it was 2012 and she was making a spectacled comeback performance after having undergone vocal cord surgery the year before. She was the undisputed queen of the Grammys that night, picking up awards for all six of her nominations, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and the coveted Album of the Year prize.
This time around, the circumstances surrounding Adele’s performance were much different, as her latest album, 25, wasn’t eligible for any nominations. Even so, her return to the Grammy stage after four years away was arguably the most anticipated of the night -- and it may have been one of the evening's best.
There are a few things you can bank on seeing at an Adele performance: She will keep things simple but powerful, there will be tears, and it will end with a standing ovation. On Monday night, she delivered on all three of those predictions with a dazzling rendition of “All I Ask.”
After a sweet introduction by Bruno Mars (who co-wrote the song), Adele launched into the devastating ballad, accompanied by just a pianist. Basking in a stark yellow spotlight and fighting back tears as she sang about the finality of a love lost, it struck a powerful chord that Grammy voters will surely remember next year. Yep, you can count on seeing her at next year's show, likely with an award (or two or three or four) in her arms.