November 2015: Adele performs 'When We Were Young' on SNL
Two days after 25 arrived, Adele made her way to Studio 8H in New York City, performing a heartfelt rendition of the project's fan-favorite, "When We Were Young."
November 2015: 25 already breaks records
Just a week after the album's release, the U.K.'s Official Charts Company announced that 25 recorded the biggest opening sales week in history. Unavailable on any streaming services, it also became the most-downloaded No. 1 album ever.
The album ended the week with sales of 800,307 copies, breaking the previous record of 696,000 created by Oasis' Be Here Now in 1997.
December 2015: Adele continues chart domination
"Hello," which peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart dated Nov. 13, 2015, spent 26 weeks on the chart. 25 topped the Billboard 200 albums chart dated Dec. 11, 2015, and spent a whopping 181 weeks on the chart.
January 2016: Adele joins James Corden for a hilarious "Carpool Karaoke" segment
Adele warmed up for her cruise around a rainy London with the talk show host by downing a mug of unknown liquid. The duo belted out "Hello," "Someone Like You," "All I Ask," "Rolling in the Deep" and a few surprises, including Spice Girls’ "Wannabe." Oh, and she also rapped Nicki Minaj's "Monster" (which she pulls off again three years later in 2019).
February 2016: Performs "All I Ask" at the Grammys
Despite some audio issues early on in the song, Adele's powerhouse voice carried the unforgettable Grammys moment.
February 2016: Wins the Global Success Award at the Brits
"I bet you're all fucking bored of me," she said while accepting her award, tearing up before praising the montage leading up to her honor, which was presented by British astronaut Tim Peake (who was beamed in from space). "My kid is going to think I'm so cool."
She also took home two awards for best solo female artist and British single for "Hello," the lead single off her record-breaking set 25.
May 2016: "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" video
The new Patrick Daughters-directed video finds the singer draped in a flowing, floral Dolce & Gabbana number against a black background as multiple Adeles appear in kaleidoscopic form.
June 2016: Glastonbury headlining set
"I didn't wanna come on and now I don't wanna go off," she told the audience. "This is surreal. This is the best moment of my life. You can feel it in the Earth here."
Adele performed a mix of hits like "Hello," "Rumour Has It," "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "When We Were Young," plus deeper cuts like "River Lea," "Don't You Remember" and more.
November 2016: Wraps up world tour
After 10 months on the road, Adele thanked her fans and crew in an adorable Instagram post. The singer shared a picture of a homemade banner from her then-four-year-old son Angelo that reads “Mummy you did it!!!”
“I just finished my 107 shows in 10 months. 100% live every night. I bloody smashed it, even if I do say so myself,” wrote Adele in the caption.
February 2017: Performs at the Grammys, wins five awards
Adele had a big night at the 2017 Grammys, kicking off the night’s performances with her Hot 100 chart-topper “Hello.” She also paid homage to pop great George Michael in her second performance of the evening. For her tribute, she sang Michael's "Fastlove," a Hot 100 top 10 hit off his 1996 album Older -- though she stopped the performance in the middle of her first chorus -- cursing in frustration and claiming, “I f--ked up, I can’t do it again like last year,” in reference to her tech issue-plagued performance the year before.
She took home five awards this evening, with "Hello" winning pop solo performance, song of the year and record of the year and 25 winning album of the year and pop vocal album.
March 2017: Confirms she's married
After months of speculation, Adele finally confirmed her marriage to long-term partner Simon Konecki during her concert in Brisbane, Australia.
"I was trying to remember how it was I felt at the beginning of the relationship that inspired that record,” Adele said before her rendition of "Someone Like You." "Because as bad as a break-up can be and as bitter and horrible and messy as it can be, that feeling when you first fall for someone is the best feeling on earth, and I am addicted to that feeling. Obviously, I can't go through with those feelings because I'm married now."
March 2017: Wraps up Australia and New Zealand tour
The NZ Herald reported that Adele, speaking in between songs, said, “Touring isn’t something I’m good at… Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable. I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you. I’m not sure if touring is my bag.”
April 2017: 21 breaks chart records
Adele's 2011 album 21 surpassed Carole King’s Tapestry for the most weeks on the Billboard 200 chart for an album by a woman, as the album notched its 319th week on the list dated April 15, beating Tapestry’s 318 weeks.
July 2017: Cancels London shows
Adele called off the July 1 and 2 Wembley Stadium gigs, the final two dates of a 121-show tour, just before the weekend they were scheduled to take place. The singer cited damaged vocal cords as the reason for canceling, apologizing for the last-minute decision in a lengthy note shared on social media. "On medical advice I simply am unable to perform over the weekend," she explained. "To say I am heart broken would be a complete understatement."
April 2018: Officiated Alan Carr's wedding
The host of the BBC chat show Chatty Man, announced that he had quietly married his partner of 10 years, Paul Drayton, in Los Angeles. The event, turns out, was funded, hosted and officiated by Adele.
“I didn’t win a competition; she is a friend," he joked.
May 2018: 30th birthday bash
The singer celebrated her 30th birthday in blockbuster style with a Titanic-themed party she called "the best night of my life."
"Dirty 30! I'm not sure what I'm going to do for the next 30 years as I've been blessed beyond words in my life so far," she wrote in an Instagram post, where she's seen dressed like Kate Winslet's character Rose in the epic 1997 romance-disaster film.
September 2018: BBC Woman's Hour Power List
BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour program gave Adele a top-five spot on their list of the 40 most influential women in the music industry.
April 2019: Adele and Konecki separate
The pop singer’s representatives Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh confirmed the news in a statement to The Associated Press.
“Adele and her partner have separated,” the emailed statement said. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”
May 2019: First hint at a new album
On her 31st birthday, the singer took to Instagram to reflect on the past year and tease new music.
"This is 31, thank f-----g god. 30 tried me so hard, but I'm owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all," she wrote in the caption of her post. "No matter how long we're here for, life is constant and complicated at times. I've changed drastically in the last couple years and I'm still changing and that's okay. 31 is going to be a big ol' year and I'm going to spend it all on myself."
"For the first time in a decade I'm ready to feel the world around me and look up for once," she continued before hinting that a new album could be on the way soon: "30 will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up, eh."
June 2019: Adele hangs with the Spice Girls
Spice Girls superfan Adele had the time of her life at the group's final stop on their reunion tour in London, and documented the whole thing on Instagram.
"Oiii last time I saw the Spice Girls at Wembley was 21 years ago!" she wrote. "Tonight with my nearest and dearest i cried, laughed, screamed, danced, reminisced and fell back in love with my 10 year old self. It’s no secret how much I love them, how much they inspired me to run for my life and never look back. I finally got to meet Ginger, I got drunk with the girls and quite frankly I can’t believe how far I’ve come thank you for the madness I get to live, I couldn’t have got here without you 5 BRITISH legends! I love you!"
October 2019: Adele stuns at Drake's birthday party
Drake celebrated his 33rd birthday in Los Angeles and his unlikely pal Adele was the life of the party.
She took to Instagram to share a photo from the bash, and to wish Drizzy a happy birthday. "I used to cry but now I sweat," she joked with a laughing emoji. "Happy birthday to one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met @champagnepapi."
February 2020: Adele rocked her best friend's wedding as the singer and officiant
Adele was on hand to officiate the nuptials of writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill, a close friend since her school days, and the Maccabees' Hugo White at the Mason's Arm pub in London.
Florence Welch and Jessie Ware were among the wedding guests, and Welch can be seen singing along to every word of Adele's 2011 hit "Rolling in the Deep," which Adele and Dockrill sang together with the band.
May 2020: The singer pays tribute to COVID-19 fighters with stunning birthday photo
"Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time," she wrote alongside a photo in a black mini dress. "I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives! You are truly our angels."
August 2020: "No idea" when the next album is coming
The singer took to Instagram to share a book she just read, Untamed: Stop Pleasing, Start Living by Glennon Doyle. "If you’re ready - this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream," she captioned the photo. "I am so ready for myself after reading this book! It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!"
"Adele where's the album?" one fan commented with a laughing face emoji. "I honestly have no idea," she simply replied.
October 2020: Back to SNL!
The long-running NBC sketch comedy show announced that the 15-time Grammy winner will be hosting the Oct. 24 show, with H.E.R. as the musical guest.
"Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified!" she exclaimed in an Instagram post showing the air date along with her name and H.E.R.'s pinned to a corkboard. "I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?"