Recording Academy President Praises Adele for Handling Grammy Technical Glitch Like a Boss
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Neil Portnow describes the Music's Biggest Night as 'the most complicated show on television' and commends Adele for handling it well.

AceShowbiz - The Recording Academy addressed the audio malfunction during Adele's performance at the 58th annual Academy Awards. The Academy President, Neil Portnow, called the Monday event "the most complicated show on television" before applauding the singer for handling the technical difficulties like a pro.

"We had the most complicated show on television. Period. End of story," he told reporters in the press room following the show. "With each musical performance, we change over the microphones, the wires. I mean, if you've been backstage - I can't understand how they get it done, but they do."

As revealed by Adele on Twitter, her mic dropped onto the piano keys when she sang. "The engineer people had to switch over on their backup system," so Portnow explained. "So to switch over on the backup system, they had to back out for a couple seconds in the house here, and that's what happened."

Despite the glitch, Adele was praised for delivering a show-stopping performance. "All credit to her for how professional she is. She did a great job and we certainly don't like when those things happen, but those things happen sometimes," Portnow said.

The Academy also explained Lauryn Hill's canceled performance. According to Neil Portnow, Hill was personally invited by The Weeknd to join him as a surprise guest for "In the Night" performance. Portnow said she attended dress rehearsal on Sunday morning but arrived too late on Monday for the live show.

Hill's rep, meanwhile, said, "The Grammy's announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare, and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to LA in time to rehearse for the event. Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed, and should not have been advertised as such. Ms. Hill was invited to do a collaboration with an artist she appreciates. The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition."

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