BBC Music Awards: Adele, Coldplay, The 1975 Win Top Honors

Adele Takes Home Album of the Year and Song of the Year for 25 and ‘Hello’

Adele came out a big winner at the BBC Music Awards on Monday (Dec. 12). The British diva won both the fan-voted album of the year award for 25 and the song of the year honor for “Hello,” whileColdplay and The 1975 fared well too.

“Thank you for this award, I feel a bit bad winning it when the album’s been out for so long,” the singer said in a statement read by Robbie Williams. (25 was released Nov. 20, 2015.)

“Hello again, I’m so sorry I’m not there,” she said in another statement later. “I’ll be home soon and I can’t wait. It’s been a long year on the road and this makes me feel a little less homesick — I can’t wait for Wembley and then to get back to normal.”

Adele will wrap her world tour supporting 25 with four nights at London’s Wembley Stadium.

BBC Radio 2 Album Of The Year

Adele – 25
Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Alone in the Universe
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Rick Astley – 50

BBC Music Awards 2016 Song of the Year

Adele – Hello
Alessia Cara – Here
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
DNCE – Cake By the Ocean
Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid – One Dance
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Naughty Boy ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’ (Lose It All)
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25 (Adele album)

25 is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Adele. It was released on 20 November 2015, through XL Recordings. Following the release and international success of her second studio album 21, Adele considered quitting the music industry and going out on a positive note. However, she decided to take a hiatus instead and raise her son. During her sabbatical, she suffered from writer’s block and rescheduled studio sessions for a new album, fearing she had lost her ability to write songs. In 2013, Adele had a breakthrough and the material that eventually became 25 manifested, with writing and recording continuing through 2015.

Titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old, 25 is a “make-up record”. The album’s lyrical content features themes of Adele “yearning for her old self, her nostalgia”, and “melancholia about the passage of time” according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone, as well as themes of motherhood and regret. In contrast to Adele’s previous works, the production of 25 incorporated the use of electronic elements and creative rhythmic patterns, with elements of 1980s R&B and organs. Like 21, Adele worked with producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, along with new collaborations with Max Martin and Shellback, Greg Kurstin, Danger Mouse, the Smeezingtons, Samuel Dixon, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

25 received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended Adele’s vocal performance and the album’s production. The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; in the US, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 eventually became the world’s best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year,and has sold 20 million copies as of June 2016, making it one of the best selling albums worldwide.

Following 21, it was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of ten million copies in the United States, making Adele the only artist of the 2010s to achieve this certification with two albums. Many journalists felt that the album impacted the music industry by encouraging the public to return to buying physical albums, instead of downloading or streaming. 25 received the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year, while the lead single “Hello” won British Single of the Year. The album then received Grammy Award nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, with “Hello” receiving nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

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Awards and achievements

At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele won awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She was also nominated in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year.That same year, Adele was also nominated for three Brit Awards in the categories of Best British Female, Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Act. Then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent a thank-you letter to Adele that stated “with the troubles that the country’s in financially, you’re a light at the end of the tunnel.”

With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack The Bodyguard.21 spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985, and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the US.The best selling album in the UK of the 21st century, 21 is also the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time, while 25 is currently ranked twenty-sixth all time.Both 21 and 25 have been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In February 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1′s 100 Greatest Women in Music.In April 2012, American magazine Time named Adele one of the 100 most influential people in the world.People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.On 30 April 2012, a tribute to Adele was held at New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge called Broadway Sings Adele, starring various Broadway actors such as Matt Doyle.In July 2012, Adele was listed at number six in Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30, having earned £23 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

On the week ending 3 March 2012, Adele became the first solo female artist to have three singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top 5 of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. Adele topped the 2012 Sunday Times Rich List of musicians in the UK under 30 and made the Top 10 of Billboard magazine’s “Top 40 Money Makers”. Billboard also announced the same day that Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” is the biggest crossover hit of the past 25 years, topping pop, adult pop and adult contemporary charts and that Adele is one of four female artists to have an album chart at number one for more than 13 weeks (the other three artists being Judy Garland, Carole King, and Whitney Houston). On 6 March, 21 reached 30 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Australian ARIA Chart, making it the longest-running number one album in Australia in the 21st century, and the second longest-running number one ever.

At the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards in May, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year, and “Rolling in the Deep” won the award for Most Performed Work of 2011.At the 2012 BMI Awards held in London in October, Adele won Song of the Year (for “Rolling in the Deep”) in recognition of the song being the most played on US television and radio in 2011.

In 2013, Adele won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the James Bond theme “Skyfall”. This is the first James Bond song to win and only the fifth to be nominated (after “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Nobody Does It Better” (from The Spy Who Loved Me), “Live and Let Die” , and “The Look of Love” (from the original Casino Royale)).”Skyfall” won the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 Brit Awards.

In June 2013, Adele was appointed a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to music, and she received the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on 19 December 2013. In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. In April 2016, Adele appeared for the second time on the Time 100 list of most influential people.

In 2014, Adele was already being regarded as a British cultural icon, with young adults from abroad naming her among a group of people that they most associated with UK culture, which included William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth II, David Beckham, J. K. Rowling, The Beatles, Charlie Chaplin and Elton John.

The Adele Story, a television documentary about her rise to fame, was broadcast on 29 December 2016 on Channel.adele-70th-annual-golden-globe-awards-press-room-031024-ab-adele-021212adeleawards-xlarge_transvyxrx2_9udgnr4uaqoybbkk9eonzfojtapxs0qnai6c

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Musical style and vocals

Adele’s first album, 19, is of the soul genre, with lyrics describing heartbreak and relationship. Her success occurred simultaneously with several other British female soul singers, with the British press dubbing her a new Amy Winehouse.This was described as a third British Musical Invasion of the US.However, Adele called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting “we’re a gender, not a genre”. AllMusic wrote that “Adele is simply too magical to compare her to anyone.” Her second album, 21, shares the folk and soul influences of her debut album, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour An Evening with Adele.Composed in the aftermath of the singer’s separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness. Having referred to 21 as a “break-up record”, Adele labelled her third studio album, 25, a “make-up record”, adding it was about “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.” Her yearning for her old self, her nostalgia, and melancholy about the passage of time, is a feature of 25, with Adele stating, “I’ve had a lot of regrets since I turned 25. And sadness hits me in different ways than it used to. There’s a lot of things I don’t think I’ll ever get ’round to doing.”

Adele possesses a contralto vocal range.Rolling Stone reported that following throat surgery her voice had become “palpably bigger and purer-toned”, and that she had added a further four notes to the top of her range.Initially, critics suggested that her vocals were more developed and intriguing than her songwriting, a sentiment with which Adele agreed.She has stated: “I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control.”Her voice has received acclaim from critics. In a review of 19, The Observer said, “The way she stretched the vowels, her wonderful soulful phrasing, the sheer unadulterated pleasure of her voice, stood out all the more; little doubt that she’s a rare singer”.BBC Music wrote, “Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, …she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash sound every bit as ordinary as they are.” For their reviews of 21, The New York Times’ chief music critic Jon Pareles commended the singer’s emotive timbre, comparing her to Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, and Annie Lennox: “[Adele] can seethe, sob, rasp, swoop, lilt and belt, in ways that draw more attention to the song than to the singer” Ryan Reed of Paste magazine regarded her voice as “a raspy, aged-beyond-its-years thing of full-blooded beauty”,while MSN Music’s Tom Townshend declared her “the finest singer of [our] generation”.adele-topline-bb37-2015-billboard-650

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Artistry. Influences and favourite musicians

Adele has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that “they made me what I am today”. Adele impersonated the Spice Girls at dinner parties as a young girl.She stated she was left “heartbroken” when her favourite Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell aka “Ginger Spice”, left the group.She has also stated that growing up, she listened to Sinéad O’Connor, The Cure,Dusty Springfield,Celine Dion, and Annie Lennox.One of Adele’s earliest influences was Gabrielle, who Adele has admired since the age of five. During Adele’s school years, her mother made her an eye patch with sequins which she used to perform as the Hackney born star in a school talent contest.After moving to south London, she became interested in R&B artists such as Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, and Mary J. Blige. Adele says that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she watched Pink perform at Brixton Academy in London. She states: “It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live […] I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible.

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