Adele Breaks Down in Tears While Dedicating Her Concert to the Victims of Orlando Shooting

Adele Breaks Down in Tears While Dedicating Her Concert to the Victims of Orlando Shooting
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Adele's Live 2016 tour has produced scores of viral moments — but nothing like this. 

Sunday, the British singer dedicated her show in Antwerp, Belgium, to the 50 confirmed dead and 53 injured in the shooting that took place at the Orlando, Florida gay club Pulse.

"I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando at Pulse nightclub," Adele told the crowd, as reported by BuzzFeed. "The LGBTQIA community, they're like my soulmates since I was really young, so I'm really moved by it." She could barely get through that short invocation without breaking into tears.

"I don't know why I'm crying already because most of tonight is pretty miserable, because my songs are fucking miserable," Adele joked, trying to lighten the mood. "I do have two songs that sound happy, but they're not."

Adele's tribute joins scores of others across the music community, including writer, creator and star of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda's touching speech during Sunday night's Tony Awards.

 "We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger," Miranda said. "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; cannot be killed or swept aside."

Source: Mic/YouTube

Watch Adele's full dedication, as well as a performance of "Rumor Has It" below.

Source: YouTube

Read more:
Orlando Shooting Takes Place Amid "Crisis"Level of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes
• In One Tweet, Trump Just Made the Tragic Mass Shooting in Orlando All About Him
 In Wake of Orlando Nightclub Shooting, Twitter Has Begun to #PrayForOrlando

June 13, 2016, 11:37 a.m.: This story has been updated.

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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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