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Adele shines at Grammys with two top awards – PHOTOS


Adele on Sunday won the top two Grammys of Album and Record of the Year for her blockbuster hit Hello and the album 25.

The tearful English balladeer took the stage and paid tribute to her main award rival Beyonce, heaping praise on her album Lemonade and calling it an inspiration.

“All us artists adore you. You are our light,” Adele said to a visibly moved Beyonce.

PHOTO | AFP
PHOTO | AFP

25 is the best-selling album of the past decade — with the exception of Adele’s last album, 21, which won Album of the Year in 2012.

Adele, who has named her albums after her ages at the time of recording, kept the same formula for 25 of emotional, often tear-jerking songs of heartache and nostalgia.

25 was led by the ubiquitous single Hello, which returns to Adele’s theme of separation and the haunting feeling that ensues. Elsewhere on the album, Adele reminisces of her childhood in north London.

With a global fan base that crosses demographics, Adele adopted an unusual commercial strategy of not streaming 25 for more than six months after its release in November 2015.

PHOTO | AFP
PHOTO | AFP

But even with only CDs, vinyl and downloads, the success of 25 in the final weeks of 2015 made it the top-selling album of the whole year and it remained a chart success in 2016.

Adele recruited an impressive cast to help on 25 including a diverse team of producers and songwriters such as fellow pop star Bruno Mars and indie rocker Tobias Jesso Jr.