Adele won the Grammy Award for best pop solo performance for “Easy on Me” at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.
Sunday night, Dwayne Johnson took the stage to present the award, which recognized “excellence in an individual performance.” Bad Bunny, Doja Cat, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, and Harry Styles were among the nominees, in addition to Adele.
When it was revealed that Adele had won, Johnson said, “Get up here, new best friend,” a reference to how host Trevor Noah opened the show by saying Adele had been dying to meet the former wrestler.
Adele stood up to accept her award, hugging her boyfriend Rich Paul and fellow musician Lizzo as Styles and other guests stood to applaud the British singer.
Adele started her acceptance speech with a big hug and kiss on the cheek from “The Rock,” but she quickly moved on to thanking her fans and family.
“I really was just looking forward to coming tonight,” she said, tearing up and stammering a bit during the emotional moment. “I just want to dedicate this to my son, Angelo.”
She related her boyfriend’s advice: “if you win anything, don’t cry.”
“And here I am crying,” Adele noted, then turned her speech back to her 10-year-old son.
“I wrote this first verse in the shower when I was choosing to change my son’s life,” she explained. “He’s been nothing but humble and gracious and loving to me the whole time.”
At the start of the show on Sunday night, Noah approached Adele’s table and said that while he didn’t have “Dwayne Johnson” there, he did have “The Rock.”
Johnson had walked up behind Adele’s seat and greeted her with a huge smile and a hug, much to Adele’s surprise.
“Adele meet The Rock, The Rock meet Adele!” Noah said. “All right, you two get acquainted, we gotta keep the show moving!”
As the camera panned away, Johnson, 50, could be seen taking a seat next to the now 16-time Grammy winner, who was up for seven awards at the 65th annual ceremony.