Adele in concert, January 2009
|Birth name||Adele Laurie Blue Adkins|
|Born||5 May 1988
Tottenham, Greater London, England, UK
|Origin||West Norwood, Greater London, England, UK|
|Genres||Soul, R&B, pop|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, percussion|
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[change | edit source]
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 PlatformsMagazine.com. 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[change | edit source]
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. 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.
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[change | edit source]
In October 2012, Adele gave birth to her first son, Angelo, with her boyfriend, Simon Konecki. 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.
On December 19, 2013 Adele was given an MBE by the Prince of Wales.
Discography[change | edit source]
Singles[change | edit source]
- 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)
Albums[change | edit source]
Grammy Awards[change | edit source]
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. 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.
|2009||Adele||Best New Artist||Won|||
|"Chasing Pavements"||Record of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||Won|||
|2010||"Hometown Glory"||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2012||21||Album of the Year||Won|||
|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|||
References[change | edit source]
- "Adele: New Record is 'Quite Different'". SPIN.com. 2 November 2010. http://www.spin.com/articles/adele-new-record-quite-different. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Platforms Magazine - Issue 4". http://www.platformsmagazine.com/4/contents.htm.
- "Soul singers top new talent list". BBC 6 Music. 4 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7169307.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
- O'Neill, Thomas (1999). The Grammys: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Music's Highest Honor. Perigee Trade.
- "Adele nominated for six Grammys". BBC News. BBC. 1 December 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15980116. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Grammy glory for returning Adele". BBC News. BBC. 13 February 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17007642. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "List of winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/02/10/grammy-winners-list/1907129/. Retrieved 7 March 2013.