Mon October 15, 2012
The Two-Way

'My Way,' OK; But Singing 'Someone Like You' At A Funeral? Isn't That Wrong?

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 7:38 pm

Adele singing Someone Like You at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. That's one way to say goodbye.
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Fri June 8, 2012
The Record

A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:43 pm

Adele performs in February.
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In the past 15 years, Richard Russell, the owner of the British independent record company XL Recordings, has shepherded his label to more than its fair share of industry success.

Last year the label saw its greatest heights yet, though to be fair, no other label climbed anywhere near as high. That's because 2011 was the year of Adele, and XL is the singer's home. (In the United States, Adele's albums are promoted and distributed by Columbia Records, but she is signed to XL worldwide.)

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Mon February 13, 2012

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:45 pm

Adele won the song of the year category at this year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker "Someone Like You."
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Note: A number of listeners responded to this story and said the definition of appoggiatura was incorrect. Music commentator Rob Kapilow has a second opinion here.

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Mon February 13, 2012
The Record

Adele Sweeps The Grammy Awards

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:50 am

Adele won each of the six Grammys for which she was nominated, including the awards for Album, Song and Record of the Year. She also performed for the first time since canceling a tour last year to recover from throat surgery.
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Audio: Mandalit Del Barco reports from the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles for Morning Edition.

It was nice of everybody else to show up.

Adele, whose 21 is the fastest-selling album in eight years, went six-for-six at the Grammy Awards, including wins in the top three categories: Album, Record and Song of the year.

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Fri February 10, 2012
Weekend Audition

Spotlights on the Grammys!

The late Grammy-winning salsa singer, Celia Cruz
Pablo Herbie Wikimedia Commons

Excitement builds for this Sunday's Grammy Awards Ceremony. To warm up, let's experience three superb nominees performing live in different settings, a true musical teaser!

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