While so much of our time has been spent analyzing the performances of Jennifer Lawrence and presence of Ben Affleck‘s beard, Adele has been more than a pleasant surprise this awards season. Or, to borrow a phrase from Anne Hathaway, the cherry on top of vegan ice cream (cringe). She’s already picked up an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, compared herself to Beyoncé, met Beyoncé, but tonight’s James Bond tribute wasn’t all about her.
Rather than take part in 50 years of suave spies in classic suits, producers left duties with Halle Berry (a Bond girl now and forever) and the great Shirley Bassey. The latter brought the house down with her rousing rendition of “Goldfinger” from the 1964 Bond film of the same name, as if to suggest to all those who came after her that she remains the gold standard.
The 76-year-old Welsh singer wore a gold dress fit for the adoration she’d ultimately receive, growling through her seductive tune in a way that put the sheer force of her voice on display. She also captivated the attention of a crowd whose faces had likely gone numb from politely smiling through host Seth MacFarlane‘s divisive brand of humor, demanding a standing ovation before it was required–as seen in the subsequent movie musical celebration. But would she outdo the woman who’s been able to turn us into gleeful (and at times, sobbing) messes whenever she takes the stage?