'''Adele Laurie Blue Adkins''' (born 5 May 1988), usually known by only her first name '''Adele''', is a British R&B singer who has gained fame for her soulful vocal performances. She won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Performance for "Chasing Pavements" from her album ''19'' at the 2009 {{Grammy Award}}s.

The second album, ''21'' (2011) [[EvenBetterSequel fared even better]], and she is flying high with the commercial and critical success. In the UK, Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since Music/TheBeatles in 1964. ''21'' has also spent eleven consecutive weeks at No. 1, the longest ever by a female solo artist on the UK Albums Chart, surpassing {{Music/Madonna}}'s nine weeks at number one back in 1990. On top of that the album has spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, more than any other female artist. At the 2012 Grammys, ''21'' won '''six''' awards, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. So not only did Adele tie Music/{{Beyonce}} for the most Grammys won by a female artist in a single night, she became just the sixth person to win the "big three" in a single night and only the second artist to win all four General Field categories (Best New Artist + Big Three), a feat that hadn't been matched for thirty-one years.

Her success in North America came somewhat by a twist of fate. She was scheduled to perform on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in October 2008, the same night that featured UsefulNotes/SarahPalin as a guest star. The stunt with Palin gave ''SNL'' its highest ratings in years, and just so happened to expose Adele to a whole new audience. Her worldwide fame has only been growing since then.

She also sang the theme song for the Film/JamesBond movie ''{{Film/Skyfall}}''; said theme won the award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globes (2013), the 56th Grammy Awards (2014) and the 85th AcademyAwards, becoming the first Bond theme singer to win an Oscar. In March 2013 it was announced that she will be singing the theme for the next Bond film, ''{{Film/SPECTRE}}''.
* ''19'' (2008)
* ''21'' (2011)

[[MemeticMutation Not to be confused with]] [[Creator/IdinaMenzel Adele Dazeem]].

!! Adele provides examples of:
* ArcNumber: Actually, 21. See [[Awesome/{{Adele}} here]] for more.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Rolling In the Deep" and "Someone Like You" as seen in her ''Live at the Royal Albert Hall'' concert video.
* BeehiveHairdo
* BreakupSong: Pretty much the entirety of ''21''. Justified, as it was written after a particularly messy breakup.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: What "Someone Like You" is all about.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''19'' and ''21'' both indicate how old she was when production started.
* CoverVersion:
** "[[Music/BobDylan Make You Feel My Love]]" and "[[Music/TheCure Lovesong]]" on her albums
** "Many Shades Of Black" by The Raconteurs, "Hiding My Heart" by Brandi Carlile, "If It Hadn't Been For Love" by The Steeldrivers, and "[[Music/LadyAntebellum Need You Now]]" as [[NoExportForYou region-specific bonus tracks]]
** "Fool That I Am" by Etta James as a BSide and on ''iTunes Live From Soho''
** "That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On" by Sam Cooke and "[[Music/BonnieRaitt I Can't Make You Love Me]]", both live.
* FeedTheMole: Did this with her staff to find out who was leaking stories about her to the press.
* FirstNameBasis
* HeroicBSOD: In an interview, she remembers crying because of her vocal illness, and losing her voice.
* HeroicRROD: She's spent 2011 struggling with a vocal illness brought on partly by overtaxing her voice, which has forced her to cancel a lot of tour dates in America.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "''I wish nothing but the best for you two...''" A theme in "Someone Like You".
* LoveNostalgiaSong: The very bittersweet "Someone Like You".
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: An unusually upbeat version of this in "I'll Be Waiting".
* LyricalDissonance: The "Lovesong" cover is one big example of this. "You make me feel like I'm home again" to some of the most darkest production ever
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: The guy in "Daydreamer" seems to be this.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''21'', arguably. "Rolling In the Deep" and "Rumour Has It", the leading two tracks, have a strong R&B/soul element similar to her first record... which is pretty much completely different in sound and style from the rest of the album.
** She's trying to do it again with her next album (which will [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming probably end up being titled ''23'']])
* OddFriendship: With rapper TinieTempah & flamboyant chat show host Alan Carr.
* PowerBallad: Adele expected producers to arrange "Someone Like You" as such, [[AvertedTrope only for them to keep the demo as a final version.]] However, "Chasing Pavements" is a straight example.
* TheRival: The British music press seems to be quite keen on setting her up as a rival to Music/LadyGaga. The singer herself doesn't seem to buy into it.
* ShoutOut: Her song, "I Found a Boy" uses the lyrics and the melody to the line "Stand By Me" and even used that title when it was in a work-in-progress. (Though lyrically, the songs are very different)
** The theme from ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' features a line, "You may have my number, you can take my name/But you will never have my heart", which may be a reference to a line from the Johnny Rivers song "Secret Agent Man" ("They've given you a number and taken away your name.")
* SingingVoiceDissonance: When she speaks, she retains her very strong East London accent, but you couldn't tell it from her singing voice. After she swept the 2012 Grammy Awards, "Fank you" trended worldwide on Twitter.
* TheSomethingSong: She has covered "Lovesong" by TheCure.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Music/AmyWinehouse. A rare justified example.
** Also recognized as spiritual successor to Dame Music/ShirleyBassey at the 2013 Oscars due to her success with the theme from ''Skyfall''. Later further justified when it was announced a few weeks later that she is to become the first singer since Bassey to perform more than one Bond film theme.
** She herself openly loathes this notion, however, claiming that she only shares with other British singers like Amy the "gender, not the genre".
* SuperGroup: As part of "Truth+Soul" with Amy Winehouse and Aloe Blacc for the ''VideoGame/LANoire'' soundtrack.
* WhatDoesHeSeeInHer: The other woman in "Rumor Has It".
* WomanInBlack: There's barely a concert where she doesn't wear a black dress.
* WomanScorned: "Rolling In the Deep". The song may acknowledge that she can't be in a relationship anymore but her rage is still there.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Does she ''look'' like she's only 24? She doesn't even ''sound'' like she's only 24. She sounds like 44, having gone through four bad marriages, three different rehabs and two health scares.