He stood in court at his sentencing and when given his chance to talk to the judge, he chose to “sing” a variant of Adele’s Hello. Brian Earl Taylor was arrested last November when he was caught struggling with a man in an apartment in Michigan. Police say Taylor held the man at gunpoint and arrested him for carrying a concealed weapon and kidnapping.
Taylor appeared at Washtenaw County Trial Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be sentenced for unlawful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon, court records indicate. When he addressed the court, he sang his soulful apology to the tune of Adele’s smash hit “Hello,” complete with lyrics he’d written himself.
“I’m gonna start with a song,” Taylor, a Belleville, Michigan, resident, said when he addressed the court.
Taylor then began his one-minute song with a greeting to the judge.
“Hello, your honor,” Taylor sang.
As the song went on, he apologized to the victim, his mother and Judge Darlene O’Brien.
“I want to say I’m sorry for the things I’ve done, and I try to be stronger in this life I’ve chosen,” Taylor sang. “But I want you to know, that door I closed, your honor.
“I’m sorry, sorry, sorry,” Taylor continued.
In the first 48 hours of its release, Adele’s new single, “Hello” racked up more than 50 million views—meaning that 1.6 million people watched the video per hour. It’s the biggest debut of any YouTube video so far this year, not to mention one of the most-watched video debuts ever.