Host James Corden called George Michael "a true original," and so it was a natural fit when he introduced Adele to the stage to give the honour: a searing, pared-down performance of George's 1996 hit "Fastlove."
The moving tribute saw the "Hello" singer, 28, restart the song midway through due to a technical glitch. "I'm sorry, I can't mess this up for him," she told the crowd. By the end of her poignant delivery, Adele was overcome with emotion and broughtJohn Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Rihanna and Keith Urban to their feet for a rapturous show of support.
Later in the night, Bruno Mars,31,took to the stage draped in purple sequins to channel the late “Purple Rain” legend. After the legendary Minneapolis band The Time rocked out to the Prince-penned hits "Jungle Love" and "The Bird," he gave an electric rendition of “Let’s Go Crazy,” that had host James obligingly rocking out. Clearly the crowd and Twittersphere agreed that the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer was a perfect fit to salute the music icon whose influence will continue reign.