If you ever wondered whom you had to thank for Adele‘s supersonic rise to stardom, she actually owes a debt of gratitude to a certain Alaskan politician, a fact she revealed during her Live in London special Wednesday night on CTV (watch the whole special above!).
When host Graham Norton (if you haven’t checked out his late-night show put that on your New Year’s resolution list ASAP) asked Adele about her breakthrough in the States, she credited former US vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin and her infamous turn on Saturday Night Live for her success.
“The week I was doing it was meant to be a normal week, but the week after, Sarah Palin was supposed to do it,” she explained. “And because something came up in the campaign, she came and did the week I was doing it with Josh Brolin. So, it was one of the most watched SNLs ever. And then it was like two weeks before the Grammy ballot, which is when people decide what songs they want to maybe nominate, so, it was literally like the stars aligned for me… Then, well, the album shot to Number 1 on iTunes, and I was nominated for a Grammy and I won one—I mean, it was a joke—all thanks to Sarah Palin.”
Granted, it was more of a statement on how her success is due to more than just talent—sheer dumb luck played a role, too—but Palin, of course, got on board once she heard the news (the special first aired on BBC in the UK on November 20) and sent the 27-year-old a present of sorts, complete with a healthy dose of Adele puns:
The surprise Palin reveal was just the beginning of what turned out to be a fun, eye-opening special. Norton and Adele chatted throughout the hour-and-a-half amidst special performances that included new and old songs alike: Besides “Hello,” which she, of course, sang and, of course, killed, the singer also turned out an amazing performance of “Skyfall” that may even have outshone her epic Oscars moment, thanks to the addition of a Muppet-esque wall of orchestra players behind her.
The studio audience, who had a chance to ask Adele true-false questions in a “Rumour Has it” segment (get it?), were also treated to a special performance of “Hometown Glory”, the first song the singer ever wrote back when she was about 16, as well as another very personal song, “Million Years Ago”, a bittersweet reflection on her childhood dreams and her life now, off 25.
That was about all the inside scoop we got, however, as she said she won’t be as open as she was in the past about sharing what the songs on this album are about. “You know, I was so open before and I hurt people’s feelings with that a little bit—being so honest and being a bit more immature then than I am now. (I thought, ‘I don’t care, you broke my heart, whatever.’) So, I felt quite bad about that. [Now], I have a family that I love…and I want to protect them. And I’d also like people to interpret these songs how they want to rather than me shoving it down their throats.”
Speaking of her new-found maturity, Adele admitted that while she’s no longer a drinker, her previous penchant for drunk tweeting lost her access to her account; though she still writes her own tweets, her team now insists they go through two staff before being posted. The former party girl also revealed she skipped the Oscars after parties in order to go breastfeed her baby.
In heartwarming fashion, the special was also filled with some pretty choice gags, including a bit where Norton and Adele photobombed fans posing for pictures with her Oscar and the now-widely shared Adele impersonator gag that became a viral sensation recently.
In the end, even though Adele said she’s had to adjust to her voice following her surgery, we’d have to agree with her overall assessment that it is better. We could pretty much listen to her live performances all day today at our desks.
In fact, if you’ll excuse us, that’s exactly what we’d like to go do.