Year of Adele

The Annual Grammy Awards are one of the biggest nights in the music industry where artists are recognized for their exceptional achievements. Last week the Grammy awards ceremony celebrated its 54th anniversary at the Las Angeles Convention Center with host, LL Cool J. With live performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, and Adele, America was eager for this year’s Grammy Awards. The 54th Grammys brought in 39.9 million viewers which was the second highest rating since the 1984 Grammys. America, along with the artists, held their breath with anticipation to hear the winners for the 78 awards.

It’s hard to go even a day without hearing the name “Adele” in the music industry. She hit the music scene in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that she seemed to gain fame overnight with her single “Rolling in the Deep.” The young British singer has encountered many obstacles in the past year, from canceling her tour to undergoing vocal surgery in late 2011.  “Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp,” said a source at the hospital where her surgery took place.   She gave her first post-surgery performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards last week, and solidified that she’s still got it. Her worldwide fame reached new levels this year with an amazing 6 Grammy nominations; Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year, Best Short Form Music Video, and Best Pop Solo Performance. She won every category in which she was nominated and left the awards ceremony with her arms full of Grammys.

At 23, Adele has more confidence than most females her age. She focuses on her passion for music instead of trying to look like the “ideal” celebrity.  She is happy with how she looks and is not pressured to be skinny like her competitors.  Despite criticisms of her weight rolling in from the media, Adele prides herself with being a role model for the average woman. Her fame and success prove that talent can overcome looks in today’s society.  “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.” –Adele

 

-Kelsey Bendig, Andrea Blanton, Brian Burch, Brooke Keller

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4 thoughts on “Year of Adele

  1. I’ve been a fan of Adele ever since her single “Hometown Glory” was released on iTunes back in 2008. I was excited for her when she seemingly shot to fame overnight. I was waiting for everyone to jump onto the Adele bandwagon. She’s perfect just the way she is and I think that she is a great role model for not just the average woman, but everyone of all shapes and sizes. I’m glad to see that she’s finally getting the recognition that she deserves.

    Just a heads up, the “Los” is Los Angeles is spelt with an “o” not an “a”.

    “Last week the Grammy awards ceremony celebrated its 54th anniversary at the Las Angeles Convention Center with host, LL Cool J.”

  2. I love Adele. I think she represents something totally different in the music industry. It is refreshing to see that her talent is what’s making her rise to fame, unlike stars like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry who get attention from their outrageous get-ups. It’s disheartening to hear how people can only focus on looks — I’ve read more things on the internet that call Adele fat than anything else. The woman had surgery on her vocal cords and still killed it at the Grammys!

  3. I remember, after the nominations were announced, some of Lady Gaga’s fans were writing many hateful things about Adele’s weight on Twitter. I found this to be very discouraging because Lady Gaga is very vocal about her stance on bullying and how there is no place for it. It amazes me that people can be so hateful towards someone just because of their looks, especially when the person they represent is very much against bullying.

  4. I personally am one of the many millions of fans that Adele has. Not only is her music amazing, but her confidence within herself is another reason why I think so many people love and support her. Her music comes from the heart and expresses emotions that almost everyone (especially girls) have felt at some point in their life. Adele is a role model and the people that choose to criticize her negatively obviously don’t see the many amazing qualities that she has. She is strong, beautiful, confident, talented and real. I think she deserved to win every category that she was nominated for and I bet that a lot of the other vocal artists that she was up against feel the same. Adele has a lot to offer and she goes about expressing who she is with nothing but class.

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