Adele is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose powerful, soulful sound has made her an international success.
Adele's debut album, 19, which is named for the singer's age when she began recording it, hit record stores in early 2008. Led by two popular lead singles, "Hometown Glory" and "Chasing Pavements," the record rocketed Adele to fame.
19 resonated with audiences worldwide; at the 2009 Grammy awards, Adele took home Best New Artist. In addition, the album earned the singer the distinction of being named the "Sound of 2008" by the BBC. That same year, she earned the Critics' Choice prize at the BRIT Awards.
Her much anticipated follow-up album, 21, again named for her age when she recorded it, did not disappoint upon its release in early 2011.
Anchored by hits like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You," 21 placed Adele as one of the top-selling artists of all-time. In February 2011, she found herself with two top-five singles and a pair of top-five albums in the same week, the first artist since the Beatles in 1964 to achieve that milestone. Adele also broke the solo female artist record for staying at No. 1 for 11 weeks.
In 2012, Adele swept the Grammy Awards, taking home six wins, including Album of the Year. In 2013, Adele won her seventh Grammy (best pop solo performance) for her hit single "Set Fire to the Rain." That same year, the singer won an Academy Award for best original song for "Skyfall," the theme song for the 2013 James Bond film of the same name. She also won a Golden Globe Award for the song.