The Grammys’ George Michael Tribute Nearly Featured the Holy Trinity of Adele, Beyoncé, and Rihanna

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Today in crushed dreams, Billboard reports that Adele’s Grammys tribute to George Michael wasn’t supposed to be a solo affair. In fact, producers and Michael’s manager had massive show-stopping plans for Adele, Beyoncé, and Rihanna to all sing as a trifecta, with host James Corden also involved in honoring his late friend’s legacy. According to Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, what was meant to be a medley of songs (potentially “Fastlove,” “Freedom,” and “One More Try”) turned into just the one by Adele when her “passion” and “vision” to sing alone became clear. That, and Adele says George Michael’s family disapproved of a tribute unless it was just her — the only believable explanation why Adele would ever nix a collaboration with the “artist of her life,” Beyoncé. But perhaps it was fate: Bey restarts for no one.

Adele, Beyoncé, Rihanna Almost Sang George Michael Tribute