Adele performs at Radio City Music Hall on Nov. 17, 2015 in New York City.
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By Nolan Feeney
December 14, 2015

You already know Adele has been having a wildly successful fall.

You may not know she has a bit of a potty mouth.

So the question ahead of her NBC special, Adele: Live in New York:, which airs Monday at 10 p.m.., isn’t really what you’ll see, but what you won’t see, considering some of her endearing but expletive-filled asides to her audience at Radio City Music Hall may not make it past the censors.

“I’ve been dying to do a f—ing show,” she told the crowd during last month’s taping of the concert special, which was produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels. He may have had something to do with all the SNL alumni, like Tina Fey, in attendance that evening. (Donald Trump was also there, and it says a lot about how universally adored Adele must be if she can bring the GOP frontrunner and the woman who famously parodied Sarah Palin under one roof.)

Though she of course had a new album to promote—perhaps you’ve heard that her third album, 25, demolished sales records in the U.S.—the setlist leans more on older material according to fan reports. Expect a mix of old favorites, including “Someone Like You” and “Hometown Glory” (which she dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks), and 25 songs like her triumphant comeback single “Hello” and “When We Were Young,” which also scored the No. 4 spot on TIME’s best songs of the year.

Early reviews of the night have noted that there were no costume changes, no fireworks, no special guests, just Adele and her music. That’s what sets the singer apart from her pop peers; it’s why people buy her albums in a time when it’s more difficult than ever to shift records. As ever, it comes down to the voice—and those songs.

Write to Nolan Feeney at nolan.feeney@time.com.

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