Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, instantly-recognisable by her stage-name, Adele, is one of the most successful music professionals to have emerged from the industry in recent decades. The English star was catapulted to global prominence following a succession of soulful, emotive, traditionally crafted songs seen in live performances across Britain.
Not being the size of the average pop-star, Adele has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to people making comments about her body famously saying “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
Her first album, 19, was released in 2008, debuting at number one on the British album chart with critics praising the artist’s supple phrasing, tasteful arrangements and an outstanding ability to channel her own emotional experiences into best-selling records. A well-received performance on the popular US show Saturday Night Live helped introduce Adele to American audiences, helping the musician to go on to win several Grammy Awards, Brit Awards and an Oscar.
In 2013 Adele won the Grammy award for ‘best pop solo performance’ for Set Fire to the Rain,” whilst also picking up an Academy Award for the brassy theme song she provided for the blockbuster James Bond movie Skyfall. Since emerging as a household name in the music industry, she has been named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), with a level of commercial success unsurpassed among her peers.
After becoming a mother in 2012, Adele returned to the charts with the ballad Hello in 2015, the lead single from her comeback album, 25. In 2017 she won five Grammys including best album, record and song of the year.