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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (/əˈdɛl/; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. She is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with sales of over 120 million records.[3] After graduating in arts from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and spawned the UK top-five singles “Chasing Pavements” and “Make You Feel My Love”. The album was certified 8× platinum in the UK and triple platinum in the US. Adele was honoured with the Brit Award for Rising Star as well as the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Adele
MBE

Adele in 2021

Born
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
5 May 1988 (age 33)
London, England
Alma mater
BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
Occupation
Singer songwriter
Years active
2006–present
Spouse(s)
Simon Konecki

(m. 2018; div. 2021)
Children
1
Musical career
Genres
Pop[1]soul[2]
Labels
XLColumbiaMelted Stone
Website
adele.com
Signature

Adele released her second studio album, 21, in 2011. It became the world’s best-selling album of the 21st century, with sales of over 31 million copies. It was certified 17× platinum in the UK (the highest by a solo artist of all time) and Diamond in the US. According to Billboard, 21 is the top-performing album in the US chart history, topping the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks (the longest for a female artist ever). She was the first female artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top-ten singles as a lead artist, with “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”, all of which also topped the chart. The album received a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year. The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of Records.

In 2012, Adele released “Skyfall”, a soundtrack single for the James Bond film of the same name, which won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Her third studio album, 25, was released in 2015 and became the year’s best-selling album and broke first-week sales records in the UK and US. 25 was her second album to be certified Diamond in the US and earned her five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, and four Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year. The lead single, “Hello”, became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release. Her fourth studio album 30, which contains the chart-topping single “Easy on Me”, was released in 2021 and became the year’s best-selling album worldwide including US and UK. 30 won the 2022 Brit Award for British Album of the Year.

Adele’s accolades include fifteen Grammy Awards and twelve Brit Awards. In 2011, 2012, and 2016, Billboard named her Artist of the Year. At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. She was appointed a MBE at the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music. Her third tour saw her break attendance records globally, including in the UK, Australia, and the US, and her album 21 has been listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020).

List of awards and nominations received by Adele

English singer-songwriter Adele has received various awards and nominations. She is the recipient of twelve Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year.

Adele awards and nominations

Adele performing at Glasgow SSE Hydro on 26 March 2016

Academy Awards
1wins
1nominations
American Music Awards
5
9
AIM Independent Music Awards
4
4
APRA Awards (Australia)
1
2
Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards
1
1
ARIA Music Awards
0
4
BET Awards
0
1
Bravo Otto
1
1
British Academy Television Awards
0
1
BBC Sound of…
1
1
BBC Music Awards
4
5
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards
1
1
Billboard Music Awards
18
36
Billboard Touring Awards
1
1
BMI Film & TV Awards Awards
1
1
BMI London Awards
10
10
BMI Pop Music Awards
4
4
Brit Awards
12
20
British LGBT Awards
0
1
BT Digital Music Awards
1
6
CMT Music Awards
0
1
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
1
1
Danish Music Awards
1
3
Daytime Emmy Awards
0
1
ECHO Music Awards
3
5
Edinburgh TV Awards
1
1
European Border Breakers Award
1
1
Fryderyk
1
1
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)
5
5
GAFFA Awards (Sweden)
2
2
Gaygalan Awards
0
1
Glamour Awards
2
2
Golden Globe Awards
1
1
Grammis Awards
1
1
Grammy Awards
15
18
Guinness World Records
11
11
Helpmann Awards
0
1
Houston Film Critics Society
1
1
IFPI Global Recording Artist Award
1
1
iHeartRadio Music Awards
5
12
Independent Music Companies Association
1
1
Ivor Novello Awards
3
7
Juno Awards
2
2
Latin American Music Awards
0
1
Los Premios 40 Principales
1
6
Mercury Prize
0
2
MOBO Awards
1
5
MuchMusic Video Awards
0
4
Music Business Association
1
1
MTV Africa Music Awards
0
1
MTV Italy Music Awards
0
3
MTV Europe Music Awards
1
10
MTV Video Music Awards
3
17
MTV Video Music Brazil
0
1
MTV Video Music Awards Japan
0
2
mtvU Woodie Awards
0
1
NAACP Image Awards
0
2
NME Awards
1
7
NRJ Music Awards
3
4
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
1
3
Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards
2
2
People’s Choice Awards
1
9
Pollstar Awards
1
2
Premios Juventud
2
3
Premios Oye!
2
2
Primetime Emmy Awards
0
1
Q Awards
2
4
Radio Disney Music Awards
0
2
Satellite Awards
0
1
Shorty Awards
1
1
Soul Train Music Awards
0
5
South Bank Sky Arts Awards
0
1
Teen Choice Awards
0
6
UK Music Video Awards
2
3
Urban Music Awards
1
4
World Music Awards
0
4
World Soundtrack Awards
1
1

Adele signed a contract with the record label XL Recordings in September 2006.[1] She won the BBC Sound of 2008, an annual poll awarded to recognise newcomers in the music industry.[2] Later in the same year, she won the Brits Critics’ Choice, and released her debut album 19 to international success.[3] Adele named the Best New Artist at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, while “Chasing Pavements” – received three nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, winning the later award. Her debut single “Hometown Glory” earned another nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Adele’s second studio album 21 was released in January 2011 and held the top position for 24 weeks in the United States.[4] Three of its singles—”Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”—reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[5] The former won three Grammy Awards – Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video. 21 won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” won Best Pop Solo Performance at the 54th and 55th Annual Grammy Awards, respectively. Adele was awarded several other accolades, including the Echo Music Award for Album of the Year, and won in 12 Billboard Music Award categories. In 2012, she released “Skyfall”, a song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name.[6] The song won a Brit Award for British Single; the Academy Award, and Golden Globe for Best Original Song; and a Grammy Award. Adele received five awards at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, including one for her third studio album 25. She also won the British Album of the Year at the 36th Brit Awards, in addition to winning three other awards. The album also won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, and the single “Hello” received Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. After a six years hiatus, Adele released her fourth studio album 30 to critical acclaim and global success. The album has garnered her four nominations at the 42nd Brit Awards, including her third consecutive win for British Album of the Year.

Artistry
Influences and favourite musicians

Adele has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that “they made me what I am today”.[191] During childhood, she impersonated the Spice Girls at dinner parties.[192] She says she was “heartbroken” when her favourite Spice Girls member, Geri Halliwell aka “Ginger Spice”, departed from the group.[193][194] Lauryn Hill is also one of her major influences.[195][196] In a 2011 interview, Adele deemed Hill’s record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill as her favorite album, while also stating “I was analyzing the record for about a month at the age of 8, I was constantly wondering when I would be that passionate about something, to write a record about it, even though I didn’t know I was going to make a record when I was older”;[197] while also thanking Hill “for existing” in a penned letter, that she dedicated in honor of the 20th anniversary of Hill’s album.[198][199]

Growing up she also listened to Sinéad O’Connor,[200] the Cranberries,[201] Bob Marley,[202] the Cure,[203] Dusty Springfield,[204]Whitney Houston,[205] Aretha Franklin,[206] Celine Dion,[207] Jeff Buckley,[208] and Annie Lennox.[209] One of Adele’s earliest influences was Gabrielle, who she has admired since age five. During Adele’s school years, her mother made her an eye patch with sequins which she used to perform as the Hackney born star in a school talent contest.[210]

After moving to south London, she became interested in R&B acts such as Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige,[211] and Alicia Keys.[200] Adele has stated that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she saw Pink perform at Brixton Academy in London. She says: “It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live […] I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible.”[212][208]

In 2002, 14-year-old Adele discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as she stumbled on the artists’ CDs in the jazz section of her local music store. She was struck by their appearance on the album covers.[213] Adele states she then “started listening to Etta James every night for an hour,” and in the process was getting “to know my own voice.”[213] She has credited Amy Winehouse and her 2003 album Frank with inspiring her to take up the guitar, saying: “If it wasn’t for Amy and Frank, one hundred per cent I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written ‘Daydreamer’ or ‘Hometown [Glory]’ and I wrote ‘Someone Like You’ on the guitar too.”[214]

She has also expressed admiration for Lana Del Rey, Grimes, Chvrches, FKA Twigs, Alabama Shakes, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Frank Ocean, Queen, and Stevie Nicks.[215][216] In 2017, she described Beyoncé as a particular inspiration, calling her “[the] artist of my life” and added “the other artists who mean that much to me are all dead.”[217] Adele cited Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light as a “chief inspiration” for her album 25.[218] She mentioned that Max Martin’s work on Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” was the inspiration behind her song “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”, saying: “I was like, ‘Who did this?’ I knew it was Taylor, and I’ve always loved her, but this is a totally other side – like, ‘I want to know who brought that out in her.’ I was unaware that I knew who Max Martin was. I Googled him, and I was like, ‘He’s literally written every massive soundtrack of my life.’ So I got my management to reach out. They came to London, and I took my guitar along and was like, ‘I’ve got this riff,’ and then ‘Send My Love’ happened really quickly.”[219]

Musical style
Adele’s debut album, 19, is of the soul genre, with lyrics addressing heartbreak and relationship.[15] Her success occurred simultaneously with several other British female soul singers, with the British press dubbing her a new Amy Winehouse.[4] This was described as a third British Musical Invasion of the US.[14] However, Adele called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting “we’re a gender, not a genre”.[15][220][221] AllMusic wrote that “Adele is simply too magical to compare her to anyone.”[213]

Her second album, 21, shares the folk and soul influences of her debut album, but was further inspired by American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 tour An Evening with Adele in North America.[222][223] Conceived in the aftermath of Adele’s breakup with a partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness. Having referred to 21 as a “break-up record”, Adele labelled her third studio album, 25, a “make-up record”, adding it is about “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”[116] Her yearning for her old self, her nostalgia, and melancholy about the passage of time, is a feature of 25, with Adele stating, “I’ve had a lot of regrets since I turned 25. And sadness hits me in different ways than it used to. There’s a lot of things I don’t think I’ll ever get ’round to doing.”[224]

Voice

Adele is a mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning from B2 to C6. However Classic FM states she is often mistaken for a contralto due to the application of a tense chest mix to reach the lower notes, while also noting that her voice becomes its clearest as she ascends the register, particularly from C4 to C5.[226][227][228][229] Rolling Stone reported that following throat surgery her voice had become “palpably bigger and purer-toned”, and that she had added a further four notes to the top of her range.[224] Initially, critics suggested that her vocals were more developed and intriguing than her songwriting, a sentiment with which Adele agreed.[230] She has stated: “I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control.”[231]

Adele’s singing has received acclaim from music critics. In a review of 19, The Observer stated, “The way she stretched the vowels, her wonderful soulful phrasing, the sheer unadulterated pleasure of her voice, stood out all the more; little doubt that she’s a rare singer”.[232] BBC Music wrote, “Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, …she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.”[233] Also in 2008, Sylvia Patterson of The Guardian wrote, “Of all the gobby new girls, only Adele’s bewitching singing voice has the enigmatic quality which causes tears of involuntary emotion to splash down your face in the way Eva Cassidy’s did before her.”[234] For their reviews of 21, The New York Times’ chief music critic Jon Pareles commended Adele’s emotive timbre, likening her to Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Annie Lennox: “[Adele] can seethe, sob, rasp, swoop, lilt and belt, in ways that draw more attention to the song than to the singer”.[235] Ryan Reed of Paste magazine regarded her voice as “a raspy, aged-beyond-its-years thing of full-blooded beauty”,[236] while MSN Music’s Tom Townshend called her “the finest singer of [our] generation”.[237] Adele has also been dubbed a “vocal goddess”.[238]

Discography
Main articles: Adele discography and List of songs recorded by Adele
🔸19 (2008)
🔸21 (2011)
🔸25 (2015)
🔸30 (2021)

Concert tours
Headlining concerts
🔸An Evening with Adele (2008–2009)
🔸Adele Live (2011)
🔸Adele Live 2016 (2016–2017)
Residencies and one-off concerts
🔸Weekends with Adele (TBA rescheduled)
🔸Adele Hyde Park Shows (2022)

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