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Grammys 2017: Emotional Adele botches George Michael tribute

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An emotional Adele restarted her tribute to George Michael live on air. Photo: Getty
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The 59th annual Grammy Awards were full of sophisticated style and touching moments – with a few awkward bungles to boot.

But one moment may be remembered beyond all others – Adele’s emotional tribute to the late George Michael.

Singing the 53-year-old’s 1996 dance song Fastlove, Adele stopped the tribute midway through and swore live on the air – after her performance started off-key.

“I need to start again. I f**ked up. I can’t do it again like last year,” she said, referring to her imperfect and technical glitch-ridden 2016 Grammys performance.

“I’m sorry for swearing and sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again?”

“I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry. I can’t. I’m sorry for swearing. I’m really sorry.”

To her credit, Adele steeled herself and performed a pitch-perfect homage the second time around, receiving a standing ovation from a misty-eyed audience.

Adele later apologised once more when accepting her Song of the Year award, one of her five awards for the night. (Click here for a full list of the winners.)

“I really do apologise for swearing. George Michael, I love him. He means a lot to me. So I’m really sorry if I offended anyone, anywhere.”

Meanwhile, the late David Bowie swept up four gongs for his Blackstar album, which was released two days before his death in January 2016.

A glowing Beyonce dominated onstage with an ode to motherhood that stole the show. Queen B picked up two awards including Best Music Video.

Australian DJ Flume led the local talent winning Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, as Sia, Keith Urban and Hillsong Young & Free missed out on awards.

The red carpet didn’t disappoint either, with a number of dresses, outfits, and overall bizarre behaviour that needs to be seen to be believed.

Check out the Grammys’ highlights below:

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Beyonce is known as Queen B for a reason – showing off her baby bump during her performance. Photo: Getty
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Rock meet Pop: Lady Gaga with legendary band Metallica. Photo: Getty
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Grammys host James Corden takes a lengthy tumble. Photo: Getty
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Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots accept the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance … without pants. Photo: Getty
Country singer Carrie Underwood
Country singer Carrie Underwood in a red hot Elie Madi dress. Photo: Getty
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Chance the Rapper won three Grammys, including best new artist and best rap performance – he’s never sold a single piece of recorded music. Photo: Getty
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Singer Halsey rocking an open silky blue track suit. Photo: Getty
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Rihanna and her diamond-glittered Flask was a talking point on social media from the Grammys. Photo: Getty
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Girl Crush wore possibly the most questionable outfit at the 59th Grammy Awards. Photo: Getty
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… and then there’s CeeLo Green and his alter-ego Gnarly Davidson. Photo: Getty
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Flume accepts his award for Best Dance/Electronic Album onstage. Photo: Getty
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Match made in heaven? Lady Gaga and Metallica perform together. Photo: Getty
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Katy Perry in a strange Tom Ford combination. Photo: Getty
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Adele during her tribute to George Michael. Photo: Getty
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Nick Jonas wearing a studded jacket and black pants by Balmain. Photo: Getty
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The Grammys’ Carpool Karaoke edition singing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Photo: Getty
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Mike Posner won the award for most bizarre red carpet interviews, whispers to ‘Blackbear’ (R) who answered interviewers’ questions. Photo: Getty
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Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, sporting a fun and flirty Balmain look and War clutch. Photo: Getty
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Joy Villa in a Donald Trump-inspired “Make America Great Again” dress. Photo: Getty
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Jason Derulo put his hand up for the best dressed male with this suave suit. Photo: Getty

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