“I feel like I owe so much of my career to her,” she addressed the crowd from the stage. “Her first album, Frank—that record really changed my life. I went to music school when I was 14 and when I was about 15 and a half Frank came out.”
"I used to see her on TV or in magazine shoots with a pink electric guitar, and I used to think she was the coolest motherf—,” she continued. "And because of her I picked up a guitar and because of her I wrote my own songs. And the songs I got signed on were the songs I wrote completely on my own. If it wasn't for her, that wouldn't have happened.”
"I'm obviously completely happy with all the music that she left behind because it's all genius," Adele said. "But every day I wish I could hear a new song from her. So tonight I want to dedicate this song to Amy Winehouse.”
Before launching into a poignant rendition of “Make You Feel My Love,” Adele had one more message for the late star: “We love you, always will.”
The superstar also marked the day on social media with a stunning smiley portrait of Winehouse. “Happy Birthday Amy X,” she wrote.
Watch the heartfelt tribute in the video above.