During a concert at TD Garden in Boston Wednesday night, Adele paid heartfelt tribute to Amy Winehouse on what would have been her 33rd birthday. Both Adele and Winehouse attended the BRIT School in London, and Adele shared the impact the late singer had on her own career as a musician.
She recalled seeing Winehouse in magazines with a pink electric guitar and thinking "she was the coolest motherfucker on the face of the earth." That drew cheers from the crowd.
"Because of her, I picked up a guitar, and because of her, I wrote my own songs," Adele continued. "The songs I got signed on were the songs I wrote completely on my own, and if it wasn't for her, that wouldn't have happened."
The singer concluded, "I owe 90 percent of my career to her."
Adele shared a photo of Winehouse, who passed away in 2011, on her Instagram and Twitter accounts Wednesday, along with a happy birthday message.
In concert, Adele dedicated a performance of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" to Winehouse, encouraging the crowd to light up their phones like "a sky full of stars." It provided a beautiful backdrop to the moving performance.
"We love you. We always will," Adele said of Winehouse before singing.