Adele, MBE, is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist. She is the first woman in the history of theBillboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist. In 2011 and 2012, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. With sales of more than 100 million records, Adele is one of the best-selling recording artists in the world.
Adele has been using her fame to benefit a variety of charities since the release of her platinum album, 21. As part of her 2011 world tour, Adele required any concert-goer with complimentary tickets to make a $20 donation to Sands, an organization that offers support to parents who lose children and researches solutions to neonatal deaths. Beyond the money raised by her direct efforts during her own concert tour, Adele has been a performer in a number of charitable concerts, including the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and in a concert for Pride London, which supports LGBT rights.
In addition to her performance work, Adele has been a long time supporter of Amnesty International and the nonprofit, MusiCares, which provides a safety net for musicians in need. Currently she involves herself primarily with the organization Drop4Drop, an organization dedicated to developing clean water solutions across the globe. Drop4Drop was also created by Adele’s current boyfriend, Simon Konecki.
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