BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
Following a four-year hiatus, released her best-selling third album, 25
Recorded theme song to James Bond feature "Skyfall," winning Best Original Song at the Academy Awards
Released her sophomore album 21; landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart; named "Album of the Year" by Rolling Stone magazine
Released concert film "Adele Live At The Royal Albert Hall"
Co-headlined with Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus and Leona Lewis on the televised special "VH1 Divas 2009"
Released her debut album 19; signed with Columbia Records for her foray into the U.S.
Breakthrough single "Chasing Pavements" released two weeks before her debut album
Released her debut single "Hometown Glory"
Signed to XL Recordings by Nick Huggett
Started writing songs at 16 and recorded a three-song demo for a class project at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in London
Contrary to popular belief, the titles of Adele's first three albums referred to her age when she was writing the songs, not when they were released; for example, she was 27 when 25 was released in 2015.
Born and raised in the working-class London area of Tottenham, Adele proudly sported a thick North London accent at odds with her glamorous, sophisticated look.
Adele's American breakthrough can be traced in part to U.S. politics. Adele was the musical guest on the October 2008 episode of "Saturday Night Live" that featured appearances from controversial Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who had been viciously skewered by returning cast member Tina Fey. The episode's high ratings spurred new interest in Adele's debut album.