It’s hard not to love Adele, and it’s even harder to imagine a world without her. Turns out, if it wasn’t for Amy Winehouse, Adele might not be the mega-star she is today. It was Winehouse who inspired her to pick up a guitar, and so it’s only fitting that Adele pay tribute to her.
On Wednesday, which would have been her 33rd birthday, Adele decided dedicated a song to the late singer at TD Garden in Boston. “I feel like I owe 90 percent of my career to her,” Adele said to her sold out audience. “Because of her, I picked up a guitar and because of her, I wrote my own songs. The songs I got signed on we’re the songs that I wrote completely on my own – if it wasn’t for her, that wouldn’t have happened.”
Adele dedicated her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” to Winehouse, and encouraged fans to hold up their lighted phones during the song. Adele described how much inspiration she drew from the singer, saying “I’d see her on TV or in magazine shoots with a pink electric guitar and I used to think she was the coolest motherf—ker on the planet.”
Winehouse struggled with addiction, and died of accidental alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27. Adele and Winehouse both attended the BRIT school, a performing arts school in London. The singer posted a tribute to Winehouse earlier in the day on Wednesday. You can see the full video of Adele’s dedication and performance above.