Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born on May 5 1988 in Tottenham, London, England. She was mainly raised in London by her mother, although they briefly relocated to Brighton on England's south coast for two years in 1997. A musical child, she began singing at age four, and as a teenager she would play the guitar and sing to friends in Brixton's Brockwell Park. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, graduating in 2006, where her musical talents were nurtured.
2006-2010: Career beginnings and 19
Not long after she had graduated, Richard Russell, the label manager of XL Recordings, discovered a demo of Adele's on Myspace and contacted her to arrange a meeting. After the meeting, she was recommended to Jonathan Dickins at September Management, who then became her representative in June 2006. That September, she signed with XL.
The following year, she made her debut on the Jack Peñate song "My Yvonne," from his album Matinée. That June, she made her television debut performing on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland, and in October 2007 she released her debut single, "Hometown Glory".
Adele's debut studio album, 19, was released in January 2008. The album peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and at number four on the Billboard 200. It launched four singles, including "Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Love", which both reached the top ten on the UK Singles Chart, with "Chasing Pavements" also peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has since been certified eight-times platinum in the UK and triple-platinum in the US.
To support the release of 19, she embarked on the An Evening with Adele tour from May 2008 through June 2009.
In February 2008, Adele won the inaugural Critics' Choice Award at the annual BRIT Awards and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in the BBC's annual Sound of 2008 critics' poll. She was also nominated for a 2008 Mercury Prize award for 19, as well as receiving a MOBO Awards nomination for Best UK Female, and she won a 2008 Urban Music Award for "Best Jazz Act."
Having faced some controversy for cancelling several 2008 US tour dates to be with a former boyfriend, October 2008 brought a surge in popularity for Adele in the US after she performed "Chasing Pavements" and "Cold Shoulder" on episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live. The episode received high viewing figures due to a scheduled appearance from then US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and by the following day, 19 had jumped 35 places up the Billboard 200 chart and topped the iTunes charts, also ranking at number five at Amazon.com, while "Chasing Pavements" rose into the top 25.
"Chasing Pavements" was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009, where Adele also received the award for Best New Artist.
2010 brought another Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Adele for "Hometown Glory." That September, several contestants on the British televized talent competition The X Factor covered Adele's version of "Make You Feel My Love", the song re-entered the UK singles chart at number 4. In December 2010, Adele appeared on CMT Artists of the Year special, where she performed a duet of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" with Darius Rucker that was later nominated for a CMT Music Award.
2011-2014: 21, worldwide recognition and hiatus
Adele's second studio album, 21, was released in January 2011 in the UK and February 2011 in the US. The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and became the world's best-selling album of the year for 2011 and 2012, as well as becoming the best-selling album of the 21st century and fourth best-selling album of all time in the UK. 21 spent a record 23 weeks atop the UK Albums Chart - the longest by a female solo artist – and 24 weeks in the US, which is also the longest time at number one by a female solo artist in Billboard 200 history, the longest for any album since 1985 and the most weeks on the Billboard 200 chart of any album by a woman. Certified diamond by the RIAA, 21 was ranked as the "Greatest Billboard 200 Album of All Time" and earned the title of "the most certified album ever" with more than 400 certifications globally. It is also one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Five singles were produced from 21, including: "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain" which became number one songs internationally, while "Rumour Has It" charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.
21 was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize, and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year.
From March to September 2011, Adele performed on the Adele Live tour, but was forced to cut it short due to a vocal-cord haemorrhage that required microsurgery. Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a recording of her tour, was released in November 2011, debuting at number one in the US and becoming the best-selling live music DVD of 2011. Adele won three awards at the 2011 American Music Awards on 20 November: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for 21. The following month, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year, Billboard 200 Album of the Year (21), and the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), and she became the first woman ever to top all three categories.
In February the following year, she made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards and won awards in all six of the categories for which she was nominated, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. At the BRIT Awards, she received the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist, and British Album of the Year.
That October, she released "Skyfall" - the theme song of the James Bond film of the same name. The song reached number one in 11 countries and top five in many more regions, and peaked at number two in the UK and number eight in the US on the Billboard Hot 100. It earned Adele the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
At the 2012 Billboard Awards, 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, and she was also named Best Female Artist.
Her live version of "Set Fire to the Rain" won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance in 2013, and the following year she received her tenth Grammy Award with "Skyfall" winning Best Song Written for Visual Media.
2015-2017: 25 and Adele Live 2016
Adele was nominated for nine World Music Awards at the 2014 ceremony in May 2014.
In October 2015, she released "Hello" - the lead single from her upcoming album. The single's accompanying video was viewed over 27.7 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours, breaking the Vevo record for the most views in a day, and it was reported that it was being viewed on YouTube an average one million times an hour. The video went on to become the fastest video to hit one billion views on YouTube, achieving the milestone in just 88 days. "Hello" debuted at number one in many countries around the world, including Australia, France, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, the UK and the US.
On November 17, 2015, Adele performed a one-night-only concert titled Adele Live in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall. The concert was recorded, airing on December 15, and later received four nominations at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie or Special, and Outstanding Variety Special.
25, her eagerly-awaited third studio album, was released on November 20, 2015 and was a global success, debuting at number one in 32 countries and breaking first-week sales records in multiple territories, including the United Kingdom and United States. The album became the best-selling album of 2015 in a number of countries, including Australia, the UK and the US, and spent seven consecutive weeks at number one in each country. It became the best-selling album worldwide of 2015, despite being released in November.
Adele at the BBC, a one-hour television special presented by Graham Norton, was aired in the UK on the same day as the album's release. The following day, Adele appeared on Saturday Night Live in the US.
She appeared on Carpool Karaoke, a sketch on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in January 2016, and it became the biggest YouTube viral video of the year.
At the BRIT Awards on February 24, 2016, Adele received the awards for British Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year for 25, British Single of the Year for "Hello", and British Global Success. Five days later she began the global concert tour Adele Live 2016, which ran through June 2017.
In June 2016, Adele headlined the Pyramid Stage at the UK's Glastonbury Festival.
Once again, she was named by Billboard as Artist of the Year at the end of 2016, and 25 was named the Top Billboard 200 album. The album was also the best-selling album in the world for the second year in a row.
In February 2017, at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, Adele won all five of her nominations including: 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".
2018-present: Upcoming fourth studio album
Adele's fourth studio album is allegedly slated for released in December 2019.