Adele is the uncontested commercial success story of 2011, and now she’s raking in the accolades as well. She is the most-nominated female for the 54th Grammy Awards with six, including nods for Album, Record and Song of the Year. She is currently recovering from surgery for a vocal cord hemorrhage, but is already working on her third full-length album – and she’s still only 23. The only factor keeping Adele from shooting to the top of the diva heap and staying there for decades to come is her stubborn refusal to play “the game.” No crazy wigs, no revealing outfits, no tabloid stories, no scandals, no weepy Barbara Walters interview. All Adele offers of herself is her remarkable voice, which is admirable, but renders her a bit unknowable.—Jeff Royer
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