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 best songwriting.
“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” 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.