The last time Adele sang on American television, she took home an Oscar for “Skyfall.” The last time Adele was on SNL, it was 2008, and she was still touring behind 19. The day after the episode aired (it was the show’s highest rated one in 14 years, largely thanks to an appearance from Sarah Palin), the album skyrocketed to the top of the iTunes charts and Adele’s career was off.
Both streaks ended last night, when the record-breaking singer debuted “Hello” and “When You Were Young” on live TV. Needless to say, both performances were impeccable. Her voice was powerful (not too long ago, there were fears she shouldn’t be able to sing with the same formidable emotion again), her presence was commanding, the audience was stunned, families were united, and Sarah Palin was nowhere to be found.
Also, everyone started crying.
It was basically this, with a side of onions.
SNL has made people cry before, but usually not like this. For her next appearance, she should read the script to Grave of the Fireflies. The world might literally drown in tears.