108 Facts About Adele


Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer-songwriter.


Adele was honoured with the Brit Award for Rising Star as well as the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.


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.


Adele is one of the best-selling music artists, with sales of over 100 million records worldwide.


Adele was named as the best-selling artist of the 2010s decade in the US and worldwide as well as best-selling female artist of the 21st century in the UK.


Adele's accolades include sixteen Grammy Awards, twelve Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.


At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by The Ivors Academy.


Adele was appointed a MBE at the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to music.


Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on 5 May 1988 in the Tottenham district of London, to an English mother, Penny Adkins, and a Welsh father, Marc Evans.


Adele began singing at age 4 and asserts that she became obsessed with voices.


Adele spent much of her youth in Brockwell Park where she would play the guitar and sing to friends, which she recalled in her 2015 song "Million Years Ago".


Four months after graduation, Adele published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication PlatformsMagazine.


Adele had recorded a three-song demo for a class project and given it to a friend.


Adele doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records, and she took a friend with her to the meeting.


Around this time, Adele collaborated with Ricsta on "Be Divine", a song described as an "electronic club-ready" track.


Adele provided vocals for Jack Penate's song, "My Yvonne," for his debut album, and it was during this session she first met producer Jim Abbiss, who would go on to produce both the majority of her debut album, 19, and tracks on 21.


In June 2007, Adele made her television debut, performing "Daydreamer" on the BBC's Later.


Adele became the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics' Choice and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2008.


Adele released her second single, "Chasing Pavements", on 14 January 2008, two weeks ahead of her debut album.


Adele was nominated for a 2008 Mercury Prize award for 19.


Adele won an Urban Music Award for "Best Jazz Act," and a Music of Black Origin nomination in the category of Best UK Female.


In March 2008, Adele signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings for her foray into the United States.


Adele later cancelled the 2008 US tour dates to be with a former boyfriend.


Adele is known for her dislike of flying and bouts of homesickness when away from her native London.


Adele performed "Chasing Pavements" and "Cold Shoulder," and the following day, 19 topped the iTunes charts and ranked at number five at Amazon.


In November 2008, Adele moved to Notting Hill, London after leaving her mother's house, a move that prompted her to give up drinking.


At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009, Adele won the award for Best New Artist, in addition to the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements", which was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


Adele performed "Chasing Pavements" at the ceremony in a duet with Jennifer Nettles.


Adele released her second studio album, 21, on 24 January 2011 in the UK and 22 February in the US.


Adele said the album was inspired by the breakup with her former partner.


In October 2011, Adele was forced to cancel two tours because of a vocal-cord haemorrhage.


Adele released a statement saying she needed an extended period of rest to avoid permanent damage to her voice.


Adele is the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history to have the year's number-one album, number-one single, and number-one music video.


Adele won in all six categories for which she was nominated, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, making her the second female artist in Grammy history, after Beyonce, to win that many awards in a single night.


Adele received the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist, and British Album of the Year presented to her by George Michael.


Adele is the only artist or band in the last decade in the US to earn an RIAA diamond certification for a one disc album in less than two years.


In October 2012, Adele confirmed that she had been writing, composing and recording the theme song for Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond film.


In December 2012, Adele was named Billboard Artist of the Year, and 21 was named Album of the Year, making her the first artist to receive both accolades two years in a row.


Adele stated that she will most likely work with Paul Epworth again.


In September 2013, Wiz Khalifa confirmed that he and Adele had collaborated on a song for his fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood, though the collaboration did not make the final track listing.


In January 2014, Adele received her tenth Grammy Award with "Skyfall" winning Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


In 2014, Adele was nominated for nine World Music Awards.


Adele broke Taylor Swift's five-show record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the Staples Center.


Adele closed the ceremony by performing "When We Were Young", the second single from 25.


Adele announced the shows at "the home of football" by singing the England football team's "Three Lions" anthem and the theme song to the BBC's weekly Premier League football show Match of the Day.


Adele had added another two concerts at Wembley after the first two dates sold out, however she cancelled the last two dates of the tour after damaging her vocal cords.


At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017, Adele won all five of her nominations, bringing her number of awards to fifteen.


Adele won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25, and Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Hello".


Adele performed a tribute to the late George Michael by singing a rendition of his song "Fastlove"; due to technical difficulties which occurred during the performance, Adele decided to stop and restart, explaining "I can't mess this up for him".


Adele was reportedly working on her fourth studio album by 2018.


On 5 May 2019, her 31st birthday, Adele posted several black-and-white pictures of herself on her Instagram account celebrating the occasion along with a message reflecting on the preceding year.


On 15 February 2020, Adele announced at a friend's wedding that her fourth studio album would be out by September 2020.


On 1 October 2021, projections and billboards of the number "30" appeared on significant landmarks and buildings in different cities around the world, fuelling speculation that Adele was responsible, and that 30 would be the title of her fourth album.


On 5 October 2021, Adele announced her single "Easy on Me" for release on 15 October.


Jim King, CEO of the European Festivals division at AEG stated that Adele "could have sold several million tickets to the shows, such is the demand for her".


On 30 November 2021, Adele announced a Las Vegas residency titled Weekends with Adele at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace that would have run from 21 January 2022 until 16 April 2022.


Adele attended the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on February 2023, having received seven nominations.


Adele took home the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Easy on Me, extending her record as the artist with the most wins in the category.


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".


Adele says she was "heartbroken" when her favourite Spice Girls member, Geri Halliwell aka "Ginger Spice", departed from the group.


Gabrielle was an early influence, whom Adele has admired since age five.


Adele has stated that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she saw Pink perform at Brixton Academy in London.


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.


Adele was struck by their appearance on the album covers.


Adele has expressed admiration for Lana Del Rey, Grimes, Chvrches, FKA Twigs, Alabama Shakes, Kanye West, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Frank Ocean, Queen, and Stevie Nicks.


Adele stated that the release of 25 and her own comeback was inspired by the enigmatic Kate Bush who in 2014 made a comeback to the stage 35 years after her last live shows from her only tour in 1979.


Adele's success occurred simultaneously with several other British female soul singers, with the British press dubbing her a new Amy Winehouse.


However, Adele called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting "we're a gender, not a genre".


Adele is a mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning from B2 to C6.


In 2011, Adele began a relationship with charity entrepreneur Simon Konecki.


Adele has opened up about suffering from postnatal depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.


Adele repeated this in March 2017, telling the audience at a concert in Brisbane, Australia, "I'm married now".


On 13 September 2019, Adele filed for divorce from Konecki, with it being finalised on 4 March 2021.


In 2021, Adele entered into a relationship with American sports agent Rich Paul.


In 2012, Adele topped the List of Richest Young Musicians under 30 in the UK, included on the Sunday Times Rich List.


For six consecutive years, from 2013 to 2018, Adele topped the List of Richest Young Musicians under 30 in the UK and Ireland as part of the Sunday Times annual Rich List.


In 2015, Adele said she declined all sorts of lucrative endorsement offers out of personal choice.


In July 2016, Adele was ranked number nine on the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities in the world.


Adele owns and operates two companies, Melted Stone Ltd and Melted Stone Publishing.


Adele bought a home for her mother in West London for around $817,000.


Adele has performed in numerous charity concerts throughout her career.


In July and November 2008, Adele performed at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball in London and New York City respectively.


In 2011, Adele gave a free concert for Pride London, a registered charity which arranges LGBT events in London.


Adele has been a major contributor to MusiCares, a charity organisation founded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for musicians in need.


In February 2009, Adele performed at the 2009 MusiCares charity concert in Los Angeles.


In 2011 and 2012, Adele donated autographed items for auctions to support MusiCares.


Adele required all backstage visitors to the North American leg of her Adele Live tour to donate a minimum charitable contribution of US$20 for the UK charity SANDS, an organisation dedicated to "supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives".


On 15 June 2017, Adele attended a vigil in west London for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire where, keeping a low profile, she was only spotted by a handful of fans.


In 2014, Adele was already being regarded as a British cultural icon, with young adults from abroad naming her among a group of people whom they most associated with UK culture, which included William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth II, David Beckham, JK Rowling, The Beatles, Charlie Chaplin and Elton John.


Lansky wrote that Adele, by choosing to sound like the past, goes in an opposite direction in mainstream music when her contemporaries "try to sound simultaneously like each other" and follow trends.


Adele has sold more than 170 million records worldwide with 70 million in album sales and over 100 million in single sales as of 2022, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.


Adele is one of the artists who bring the most revenue to the music industry per day.


At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009,21-year-old Adele won awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


Adele was nominated in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year.


The success of her debut album 19 saw Adele nominated for three Brit Awards in the categories of British Female Solo Artist, British Single of the Year and British Breakthrough Act.


Adele was the second artist and first female, preceded by Christopher Cross, to have won all four of the general field awards throughout her career.


In February 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.


On 30 April 2012, a tribute to Adele was held at New York City's Poisson Rouge called Broadway Sings Adele, starring various Broadway actors such as Matt Doyle.


Adele topped the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List of musicians in the UK under 30, and made the Top 10 of Billboard magazine's "Top 40 Money Makers".


Billboard announced the same day that Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is the biggest crossover hit of the past 25 years, topping pop, adult pop and adult contemporary charts and that Adele is one of four female artists to have an album chart at number one for more than 13 weeks.


At the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards in May, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year, and "Rolling in the Deep" won the award for Most Performed Work of 2011.


At the 2012 BMI Awards held in London in October, Adele won Song of the Year in recognition of the song being the most played on US television and radio in 2011.


In 2013, Adele won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the James Bond theme "Skyfall".


In June 2013, Adele was appointed a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to music, and she received the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 19 December 2013.


Adele became the only artist in history to, on two separate occasions, win the three general categories Grammys in the same ceremony.


At the 2016 Ivor Novello Awards Adele was named Songwriter of the Year for the second time by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.


Adele was inducted into the Royal Albert Hall's Walk of Fame in 2018, making her one of the first eleven recipients of a star on the walk.


In 2021, Adele was named the UK's best-selling female album artist of the 21st century, based on Official Charts Company data.