Back in 2009, no one could have predicted the kind of success that then 19-year-old newcomer Adele would achieve in the music world. Her first album, titled ’19,’ hinted at her talent, but it would take a couple more years and another album for the British crooner to really catapult to fame. ‘21’ was the apt title for her 2011 follow-up album, and it won her an unbelievable amount of accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards and the honor of the best-selling album of the new millennium. Adele had officially taken over as the world’s favorite female soul singer, taking up the torch after Amy Winehouse’s tragic death in 2011. Adele’s deep, haunting vocals have touched the souls of listeners from all generations and from all over the world, and have made her the musical powerhouse she remains today. Her devastatingly soulful hit single ‘Someone Like You’ has been known to bring grown men to tears.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards 'Critics' Choice' award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to much commercial and critical success. It certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. Her career in the US was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
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