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Adele in concert, January 2009
Background information
Birth name Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Born 5 May 1988 (1988-05-05) (age 32)
Tottenham, Greater London, England, UK
Origin West Norwood, Greater London, England, UK
Genres Soul, R&B, pop[1]
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion
Years active 2006–present
Labels XL, Columbia

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (born 5 May 1988), better known simply as Adele, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist.

Early life

Adele graduated from BRIT School in Croydon in May 2006. In July 2006, Adele published two songs on the fourth issue of online arts magazine[2] After graduation, Adele began to play small shows at places all over Britain. She has also toured with best friend Jack Peñate, as well as Jamie T, Raul Midon, Devendra Banhart, Amos Lee and Keren Ann since summer 2006. Adele went on her first UK headlining tour in October 2007.

Singing career

Adele's first album released was Hometown Glory. On it, she sings the about Tottenham. The album was released on 22 October 2007 on Jamie T's label Pacemaker Recordings. It is a limited edition 7" vinyl with B Side Best For Last. She has since signed to independent music label XL Recordings. In January 2008, she released her second single Chasing Pavements.

Adele has become quite popular on MySpace. She is following the example of fellow Londoner Lily Allen by using the web as a mediafocus and a place to see what people think of her songs. Adele performed Daydreamer on BBC2's Later With Jools Holland, alongside Paul McCartney and Björk. She was next on BBC1's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 7 December 2007, singing Chasing Pavements.

On 10 December 2007, Adele was awarded with the first Brit Awards Critics’ Choice prize.[3][4] She has been called the "new Amy Winehouse." In January 2008, she was voted winner in the annual BBC 6 Music poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year.[5]

In 2011 Adele released her second album, 21, named after her age at the time it was made. It was number one in more than 26 countries. It became the biggest selling album of the 21st century.

Personal life

In October 2012, Adele gave birth to her first son, Angelo, with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki.[6] In 2013 she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Brit Award for Best British Single for the title track for the James Bond movie Skyfall. The song was nominated for the award for Best Song for Visual Media at the Grammy Awards.[7]

On December 19, 2013 Adele was given an MBE by the Prince of Wales.[8]



  • Hometown Glory - 22 October 2007
  • Chasing Pavements - 21 January 2008
  • Cold Shoulder - 28 April 2008
  • Make You Feel My Love - 27 October 2008
  • Rolling in the Deep - 29 November 2010 (was the Billboard number-one single in the United States from May 21-July 8, 2011)
  • Someone Like You - March 2011 (her first number-one single in her native UK)
  • Set Fire to the Rain - July 2011 (her third US number-one, after "Someone Like You")
  • Rumour Has It - November 2011 (became a top-20 hit in the US and Canada)
  • Skyfall - October 2012 (became a top-10 hit in the US, UK, and Canada)


  • 19 - 28 January 2008[9]
  1. "Daydreamer"
  2. "Best For Last"
  3. "Chasing Pavements"
  4. "Cold Shoulder"
  5. "Crazy For You"
  6. "Melt My Heart To Stone"
  7. "First Love"
  8. "Right As Rain"
  9. "Make You Feel My Love"
  10. "My Same"
  11. "Tired"
  12. "Hometown Glory"

  • 21 - 19 January 2011
  1. "Rolling in the Deep"
  2. "Rumour Has It"
  3. "Turning Tables"
  4. "Don't You Remember"
  5. "Set Fire to the Rain"
  6. "He Won't Go"
  7. "Take It All"
  8. "I'll Be Waiting"
  9. "One and Only"
  10. "Lovesong"
  11. "Someone Like You"

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded each year by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Some think they are the highest music honor.[10] Adele has received nine awards from twelve nominations. In 2012, Adele became the second female artist to win six awards in one night, after Beyoncé Knowles did in 2010. Adele is only the second artist (following Christopher Cross) to have won all four of the General Field ("Big Four") awards at the Grammys.

Year Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2009 Adele Best New Artist Won [11]
"Chasing Pavements" Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Won [11]
2010 "Hometown Glory" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated
2012 21 Album of the Year Won [12]
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
"Rolling in the Deep" Record of the Year Won
Song of the Year Won
Best Short Form Music Video Won
"Someone Like You" Best Pop Solo Performance
2013 "Set Fire to the Rain" (Live) Best Pop Solo Performance Won [13]


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