Adele’s heartache ballad “Hello” won the
Grammy on Sunday for Song of the Year, in a
new triumph for the blockbuster single that
marked the English singer’s victorious return.
Adele and the Los Angeles producer Greg
Kurstin shared the award, which recognizes
“Thank you for your patience with me and
helping to create my favorite song I’ve ever
done,” Adele said as she accepted the award,
moments after she restarted a performance in
her second straight year of technical snafus.
“Hello” beat out Beyonce’s edgy “Formation.”
It is the second time Adele has won for Song of
the Year. She triumphed in 2012 with English
producer Paul Epworth for “Rolling in the
“Hello” was the first single off “25,” Adele’s
follow-up to her blockbuster 2011 album “21,”
and proved that the singer had not lost an
ounce of her massive commercial power.
Adele chose not to change her winning formula
of heartache ballads, with “Hello” forlornly
describing her failed attempts to reach
someone from her past to apologize.
“Hello” went to number one in much of the
world and became the first single to sell one
million downloads in one week.
The music video, the first ever filmed in the
high-end IMAX format and directed by
Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, is the 10th
most viewed ever on YouTube.
She performed the song to open the Grammys
on Sunday. Her second song, George Michael’s
“Fastlove” in tribute to the late pop singer,
went awry at the start, prompting Adele to
stop and start over.