“Please welcome the unstoppable Adele,” actress Jennifer Lawrence said — and that introduction was apt. Backed by a string section and dozens of backup singers, Adele’s debut performance of “Skyfall” reestablished why the James Bond theme was nominated for Best Original Song.
Just two days prior at rehearsal, the British singer commented that the Dolby Theatre “might need to get a new reverb machine.” Prior to her performance, the Academy paid tribute to 50 years of James Bond films with a scenes montage and a show-stopping set by Shirley Bassey, the woman responsible for the franchise’s founding themes. But as “Skyfall” slowly built to a crescendo, Adele appeared completely calm and collected as she exercised remarkable control of every smoldering note.
About 30 minutes after her performance ended, the cast of Chicago announced the Best Original Song winner: “Skyfall,” of course. Adele started to say her thanks, but as soon as she faced producer and co-writer Paul Epworth, she started to tear up. She may be unstoppable, but clearly she’s still grateful.
Watch her performance up top.