LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An apologetic Adele accepted the song of the year Grammy for "Hello," sharing it with the song's writer and producer, Greg Kurstin.
Minutes before coming on stage to accept the trophy the singer had started, stopped and then restarted a musical tribute to the late singer-songwriter George Michael. As she prepared to start again she let out a four-letter word.
"First of all I really do apologize for swearing," she began her acceptance speech, adding Michael meant so much to her that she didn't want to slight him with a poor performance.
The song-of-the-year award also credits songwriters, so Adele shared the honor with Kurstin, who joined her onstage.
He barely had time to thank his parents, however, before the orchestra played them off.