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Grammy rehearsals: Can Adele conquer her nerves?

February 7, 2009 | 12:16 pm

Adele_musicares Who was the most nervous performer at the Grammy rehearsals this week? It was probably Adele, the 20-year-old British singer whose  "Chasing Pavements" has her up for record of the year and best new artist.

She looked a bit wide-eyed during her stage time earlier this week, and after one run-through of her hit she let out a long sigh. "I messed that one up," she said, although instead of "messed" she used a more pungent word that begins with an F.

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland went out of her way to provide some supportive, smiley small talk with Adele between takes. The young singer soldiered through. Afterward, though, she zipped out of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, where the Grammys will be held Sunday night, and declined interviews.

"She's just too nervous," explained someone with the production team.

It's going to be worse Sunday night: Instead of empty seats, she'll be singing to U2, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder and Kanye West....

-- Geoff Boucher

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Photo: Adele performs at the Musicares tribute to Neil Diamond in Los Angeles on Friday night. Credit: Associated Press