Adele Made an Autistic Girl's Dreams Come True During a Manchester Concert

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When all is said and done, Adele will likely be remembered as a miracle-worker. Her music has saved the music industrytwice — and its simple beauty has inspired countless fans to demand more from life and from themselves.

The 27-year-old singer made dreams come true for one small fan on Tuesday night during a show in Manchester, England. After spotting 12-year-old Emily Tammam's sign that read, "It is my dream to sing with Adele," the singer invited her onstage, the Manchester Evening News reported.

They sang "Someone Like You," with Tammam holding the mic and Adele bending over it. During the song's powerful chorus, Adele let Emily take the reigns, and she absolutely stunned the crowd.

Emily has autism, ADHD and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type three, which causes musculoskeletal complications, the Manchester Evening News reported. But she hasn't let any of that hold her back from seeking stardom.

"She has a constant struggle with social situations, but amazingly she manages to sing in public," Tammam's father, Ray, told the Manchester Evening News. "She has a different persona when she is on stage." Emily tried out for Britain's Got Talent in 2014, but fell short of the televised judging rounds.

"Adele was very nice to do that; she clearly didn't have to do it," Ray Tammam said. "Emily said she wants to show people that have disabilities or mental issues they can still do mainstream things like singing, [and] they should not be stopped from doing them."

Watch Emily's powerful performance below.

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Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

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