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13 February 2012, 08:45
Adele marked her long-awaited comeback with a record six gongs at The Grammy Awards
Adele marked her long-awaited comeback with a record six gongs at The Grammy Awards on a night overshadowed by the death of fabled singer Whitney Houston.
The talented Londoner, 23, scooped the coveted album of the year award for her chart-topping 21 after wowing the Los Angeles audience with her first live performance since undergoing vocal-cord surgery last November.
She was also presented with the prestigious accolades of record and song of the year for the global hit Rolling In the Deep as some of music's biggest stars paid tribute to Houston, who was found dead in a bathtub on the eve of the ceremony.
Adele, who won all six categories she was nominated in, matched Beyoncé for most Grammy wins in a night by a female act, capping off what she described as a 'life-changing' 12 months.
Picking up album of the year, a sobbing Adele said: "Oh my God...thank you so much. Thank you.
"First of all I want to say mum…girl did good. This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone's been through it, which is a rubbish relationship."
She added: "It's been a life changing year."
The singer, who hails from Tottenham, north London, was forced to undergo laser throat surgery after being diagnosed with a vocal cord haemorrhage.
The condition forced her to cancel a string of UK concerts at the end of last year and she has kept a low profile since going under the knife.
Receiving the award for pop vocal performance, Adele paid gratitude to the US surgeons who performed her operation.
"Seeing as it's a vocal performance, I need to thank my doctors, I suppose, who brought my voice back" she said.
Adele received a rousing standing ovation from the Staples Centre crowd following the comeback performance of Rolling In the Deep.
She ended the night with Grammys for best pop solo performance for number one hit Someone Like You, best pop vocal album and best album for 21, and song of the year, record of the year and short form music video for Rolling in the Deep. She already has two Grammys from the the 2009 awards.
Paul Epworth, the British music producer who co-wrote Rolling in the Deep, took the Grammy for producer of the year.
British singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae also picked up a Grammy for best R&B performance for Is This Love, while Amy Winehouse, who was found dead last year following a battle with drugs, scooped a posthumous award for best pop duo/group performance.
The 27-year-old's parents Mitch and Janis, were invited to jointly accept the Grammy for her for her collaboration with Tony Bennett on the track Body And Soul.
"We shouldn't be here. Our darling daughter should be here. These are the cards that we're dealt," said Mitch after he was called on stage by Bennett.
Paying tribute to his daughter, Houston and Etta James who died earlier this year, he added: "Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse, Long live Etta James. There's a beautiful girl band up in heaven."
The sombre ceremony came just 24 hours after troubled 48-year-old Houston was discovered dead at the Beverley Hilton in the west coast city.
Beatles legend Paul McCartney, 69, closed the show with a medley of songs.