Renowned for her incredibly unique vocal ability and songwriting, Adele's debut album 19 received two Grammy Awards in 2009 (Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) as well as a BRIT Award in 2008 (Critics Choice).
In early 2008, as her debut was reaching Double Platinum status in her native UK, Adele took North America by storm delivering groundbreaking performances on everything from Saturday Night Live to the Grammy Awards, where her four nominations yielded two impressive wins. Entertainment Weekly described Adele's voice as "astonishing" and People called it "a knockout that's rich and supple," but The LA Times put it best when it proclaimed "Adele exudes stylish confidence." Before returning home to work on her sophomore album 21 (out on February 22.), Adele headlined the newly incarnated VH1 Divas Live and played a sold-out show at Los Angeles' fabled Hollywood Bowl in front of 19,000 devoted fans.