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Thursday 14 December 2017

Adele returns to Brit Awards stage that kick-started her fantastic year

ADELE'S expected success at the Brit Awards will cap a phenomenal rise to fame for the popular singer -- thanks in part to a "rubbish relationship".

The singer has been nominated for a trio of awards and will make her live UK return at the ceremony tonight.

Adele has become a household name in the US and the UK, with her chart-topping second album 21 inspired by the end of a romance.

"We'd just bicker over a cup of tea or the fact that my lighter wasn't working," the singer told Rolling Stone magazine, before adding: "He made me an adult and put me on the road that I'm travelling on."

The songstress (23) was born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins when her mother was just 18, and to a father she says she "never knew".

From an early age she wanted to sing and her mother regularly arranged the lamps in her house to form a spotlight so Adele could perform to family and friends.

Adele was offered a recording contract with XL Recordings after a friend posted her demos on MySpace soon after she graduated from the performing arts Brits School in Croydon in 2006.

Her debut album 19, also inspired by heartache, went straight in at number one following its release in 2008.

She had already been tipped for success after becoming the first winner of the new Critics' Choice Award at the Brits.

The singer went on to win two Grammys at the 2009 awards, including best new artist.

Adele's astonishing success continued with second album 21, following a jaw-dropping performance of the single Someone Like You at last year's Brit Awards.

It catapulted her back into the spotlight and she went on to sell 3.7 million copies of 21 in the UK last year, making it the biggest-selling album of the century -- overtaking Amy Winehouse's Back To Black just weeks after the late singer set a new record.

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