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Adele Turns '25': For The Record
Like its predecessors, 2008's 19 and 2011's 21, her 2015 smash hit album 25 was based off the soulful British singer/songwriter's age at the time she wrote it. A comeback album of sorts, 25 marked the first time Adele said "Hello" in four years, and what a welcome "Hello" it was indeed.
Not only did the album smash sales chart history, becoming the fastest-selling album of the 21st century and the hands-down best-selling album of 2015, but she earned five GRAMMY nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 25 and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the album's first single, "Hello." She won each award.
In addition, her win for Album Of The Year marks her second career Album Of The Year win, having earned the honor for 21 at the 54th GRAMMY Awards. This means Adele made GRAMMY history as only the second woman to win Album Of The Year twice in their career for their solo recordings. Taylor Swift was the first when she won for 1989 at the 58th GRAMMY Awards.
Adele made the 59th GRAMMYs even more memorable with her performance of "Hello" opening the show, her now-infamous tribute to George Michael, during which she started the song over, and her heartfelt shout-out to fellow Album Of The Year nominee Beyoncé's GRAMMY-winning project Lemonade.
But Adele also underscored the team of collaborators, including producer Greg Kurstin, who helped make her comeback possible.
"As you can see, it took an army to make me strong and willing again to do it," Adele said during the acceptance speech for Album Of The Year. "I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."