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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known simply as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, ''19'', was released in 2008 to much commercial and critical success. It certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US. Her career in the US was boosted by a ''Saturday Night Live'' appearance in late 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Adele released her second album, ''21'', in early 2011. earning the singer six Grammy Awards in 2012 including Album of the Year, equalling the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. The album has also led to her receiving numerous other awards, including two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK; According to IFPI, the album has sold over 26 million copies worldwide. The success of ''21'' earned Adele numerous mentions in the ''Guinness World Records''. She is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK. With her two albums and the first two singles from ''21'', "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", she became the first living artist to achieve the feat of having two top-five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since the Beatles in 1964. With her third release from the album, "Set Fire to the Rain", which became her third number one single in the US, Adele became the first artist in history to lead the ''Billboard'' 200 concurrently with three ''Billboard'' Hot 100 number-ones. ''21'' is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK and US Albums Chart. In 2011 and 2012, ''Billboard'' named Adele Artist of the Year. In 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1′s 100 Greatest Women In Music,Wikipedia This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect, defamatory or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.