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5 Reasons You Should Watch NBC's Adele Live in New York City

Get details on the concert special

Liz Raftery

What could be better than seeing Adele perform live from the comfort of your own living room? Now's your chance. NBC's hourlong special Adele Live in New York City, airing Monday at 10/9c, will showcase highlights from the British crooner's one-night-only performance at Radio City Music Hall.

The sold-out event, which was taped in November, was Adele's first concert in four years - not that you would know it from the way her booming voice filled the legendary performance space. Introduced by Jimmy Fallon, the 27-year-old songstress entertained a star-studded crowd that included Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey, Steven Spielberg and Donald Trump.

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Here are 5 reasons to tune in to the special:

1. Because it's fun for the whole family. With the holiday season upon us, there's only one way to unite family members regardless of age, interests and political beliefs, and her name is Adele. Look no further than this Saturday Night Live sketch to prove it. Plus, it's a great excuse to avoid watching Hallmark Christmas movies with your mom or grating cartoons with the younger cousins.

2. So you can get to know the woman behind the voice. Who knows how much of Adele's charming stage banter NBC (and its censors) will leave in for the final broadcast, but suffice it to say that her regular-gal demeanor as just as appealing as her songs. (Exhibit A: Kicking off her shoes almost as soon as the show got underway because she could barely walk in them.)

3. To remind yourself that her catalog extends beyond "Hello." Though the set list will be trimmed for the final broadcast version, Adele treated fans to such old favorites as "Someone Like You," "Rolling in the Deep" and "Chasing Pavements," in addition to new material from her latest release, 25.

4. Because you probably won't be able to snag tickets to her tour (if there is one). Though Adele has only announced European tour dates for 2016 thus far, a U.S. tour is likely to follow. And to say those tickets will be in high demand is the understatement of the year. (Did we mention that Donald Trump was in the audience at Radio City?) Already, 25 has sold nearly 5 million copies in the U.S. alone and is the only album to ever sell a million copies two weeks in a row. It also smashed the record for most albums sold in a single week, with 3.38 million. So, you're probably better off staying on your couch and saying hello from the other side (of the screen) than battling the masses to try and get a ticket. It's cheaper, too!

5. For the music. No one can accuse Adele of being overhyped. Her voice is a once-in-a-generation instrument, and her songs have a rare universal appeal, the kind that can bring a room full of strangers to their feet to revel in a shared heartbreak (you know, in a good way). Whether you're a longtime fan or just a casual listener, Adele Live in New York City is truly must-see TV.

Check out a trailer for the special here:

Adele Live in New York City airs Monday at 10/9c on NBC. Will you watch?