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Adele is an English recording artist and songwriter, whose style blends blues, soul and pop.
Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to much commercial and critical success in the UK. 19 was certified four times platinum in the UK.
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.
Adele released her second album, 21, in early 2011. The album was well received critically and surpassed the success of her debut commercially. 21 has been certified 14 times platinum in the UK, and in the US the album held the top position longer than any other album since 1993.
After sitting out late 2011 and early 2012 following throat surgery, she swept the 2012 Grammys, winning all six awards for which she was nominated.