Adele released her second studio album, 21, on 24 January in the UK and 22 February in the US. She said that the album was inspired by the break- up with her former partner. The album' s sound is described as classic and contemporary country and roots music. The change in sound from her first album. The English singer and songwriter Adele has received various awards and nominations.
She is the recipient of nine Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Grammy Awards, eighteen Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards for Songwriter of the Year. Adele signed a contract with the record label XL Recordings in September.