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Adele pays tribute to Prince at St. Paul concert, but not with her own voice

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Yvette C. Hammett
Adele arrives at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016. She paid tribute to Prince in St. Paul. Minn., over the weekend by playing one of his songs on the big video screen. She said she didn't feel worthy to perform a Prince number herself. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Adele arrives at the 58th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016. She paid tribute to Prince in St. Paul. Minn., over the weekend by playing one of his songs on the big video screen. She said she didn't feel worthy to perform a Prince number herself. File photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 6 (UPI) -- Adele, performing in Prince's hometown, paid tribute to the late musician by broadcasting one of his songs.

She disappeared from stage and the main video screen displayed Prince's hit song from 1994, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. When she returned, she said she didn't feel worthy to perform one of his songs herself, Billboard reported.

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"I did maybe consider covering a song, but [expletive] it, it's Prince," TIME reported.

Prince died in late April of an apparent accidental drug overdose. His death left the music world in shock and led to a long list of tribute performances on award shows shortly thereafter.

The tribute took place at the Xcel Energy Center, Adele's first concert of her long-awaited U.S. tour.

The first song she performed was her hit Hello. She came on stage wearing a black silk and sequined Burberry gown designed by Christopher Bailey­.

Sipping warm honey, Adele then went right in to her song Hometown Glory from her debut album, 19, while shots of the St. Paul skyline were shown on huge video screens behind her.

She was backed by a six-piece band, an eight-piece string section, three backup singers and four horns.

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