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Adele

Occupation: Singer

Nationality: British

Born: May 5, 1988 (26)

Adele was brought up in London by a single teenage mother, singing from the age of 4. Attending the BRIT School with singers Leona Lewis and Jessie J, her first album 19 won her the Brit Awards Critics' Choice prize two years after graduating. It also earned her the BBC's Sound of 2008 title and two Grammys, and went on to top the iTunes album charts.

In 2011, her follow-up album 21, which was inspired by a break-up, was released to critical and commercial acclaim. An emotionally charged performance of 'Someone Like You' at the 2011 Brit Awards made the song a UK number one and brought Adele's first album back into the charts.

The album helped her achieve a number of records and firsts, including first living artist to have two top five albums and singles simultaneously since the Beatles, first artist ever to have a US No.1 album concurrently with three No.1 singles and 6th best-selling album in UK history.

Following a break to recover from throat haemorrhage surgery, Adele made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammys, where she became only the second female artist to win six awards. Her title track for the James Bond movie 'Skyfall' won her numerous awards including an Oscar, and she is currently believed to be working on her third studio album.

Adele and her partner Simon Konecki welcomed their first child together, a baby boy called Angelo, in October 2012. She was awarded an MBE in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
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