The 2017 Grammy Awards haven’t been perfectly smooth. James Hetfield’s mic failed during Metallica’s duet with Lady Gaga just a few minutes ago, and host James Corden’s had to fight his way through some rough comedy bits. But hey, at least Beyonce was flawless, right?

Then there’s Adele, who presented a lesson in perfect imperfection during her tribute to the late George Michael. Armed with her own versions of Michael’s trademark cross earrings, she was supposed to perform a new, string-heavy arrangement of “Fastlove,” but stopped mid-verse. She dropped an F-bomb before explaining to the audience that she had to start over, because George Michael deserves her at her best.

“I can’t do it again like last year [when tech caused problems]. I’m sorry for swearing and sorry for starting again. Can we please start it again? I’m sorry, I can’t mess this up for him. I’m sorry.”

Bolstered by a cheering crowd (I heard someone shout “You got this!”), Adele asked for a do-over and got it. The second time around, she crushed it.

Our Queen from Across the Pond then apologized, again, when she collected the Song of the Year award for “Hello,” proving monce again that Adele even messes up better than we do.