Adele looking for duet partners

JANE STEVENSON - Sun Media

, Last Updated: 3:20 AM ET

A lot has happened to one-named British pop-soul singer Adele since she played Canada earlier this year.

Most notably, the 20-year-old won two Grammy Awards -- new artist and female pop vocal performance -- for her breakout song, Chasing Pavements.

"I was so surprised when I won," Adele, 20, said down the line from London, before returning to Canada this week for shows tonight in Montreal and at Massey Hall tomorrow. "Like, I had no shoes on, I had chewing gum in my mouth, my belt was undone. I was so convinced I wasn't winning, so I didn't think I'd have to go up in front of millions of people on stage."

Strangely enough, Adele has yet to receive the two Grammy trophies. Both are still being engraved, but she has a place waiting to display them.

"This will probably sound outrageous to you, but in England it's tradition to put all your memorabilia and plaques and awards in your toilet -- so they're going in a cabinet above my toilet," she said.

Adele's star keeps rising. She is featured in the April issue of Vogue, with photos shot by celebrity photographer Annie Lebowitz.

"I was really nervous about the biggest photographer in the entire world taking my photograph," Adele said. "I thought I'd be traumatized by it, because my label put about five hours into the photo shoot, and Annie took about a half-hour. I had a whole month of this buildup of me finding out all about Annie ... and thought she might be, like, the biggest pain in the ass, (yet) she was the loveliest lady ever."

One of the best moments so far for Adele was when she sang on Dancing With the Stars and got to meet contestant and rapper Lil' Kim.

"Lil' Kim! Oh, my God! I started rapping at her ... She was so nice. I've got a picture of her and she signed an autograph for me, and we were just hanging out, and she's so little and amazing."

Still to come for Adele is a guest role on Ugly Betty that Adele shot a few weeks ago. She'll play herself singing Right As Rain at character Daniel's wedding.

Turns out, Ugly Betty star America Ferrara is a huge fan of Adele's, saw her perform on Saturday Night Live and vowed to get her on Betty.

"It was a pleasure to meet (Ferrara) 'cause me and my mom are the biggest Ugly Betty fans," Adele said. "It was amazing. It was so much fun. I've always made such a point out of not becoming an actress or anything, so I felt like the biggest hypocrite in the world. But I'm playing myself, so it's okay."

Adele, who now lives on her own in a small apartment in Notting Hill, says she hasn't spent any of her newfound money outrageously even though she's clearly a fashion lover.

"I'm living in my tiny f---ing apartment, which I can hardly move in," she said with a laugh.

"I buy a lot of handbags. I could have bought a house if I hadn't bought all them handbags."

Adele looking for duet partners

Adele has written six new songs for her followup to her 2008 debut CD, 19. But she performs only half of one of the new songs in concert -- Stand By Me.

She also knows which producer she's going to be working with on the new project, hopefully to begin by the fall, but would rather not identify him in case it doesn't work out.

Adele is not as shy about the fact that she's going to do a second writing session with Jack White of The White Stripes in Nashville -- they previously recorded The Raconteurs song Many Shades of Black together -- or identifying her wish list of duet partners.

"I'd love to do a song with Ray La Montagne. I think he's stunning," Adele said. "And also Bon Iver. He has called an album For Emma, Forever Ago and it's the most beautiful album I've ever heard. And I'd love to do something with Alison Krauss. I think she's beautiful."

Adele owes SNL

Adele can thank Sarah Palin for her North American breakthrough.

The Brit singer appeared on Saturday Night Live last Oct. 18 -- the same night the Republican vice-presidential candidate also appeared, which sent the show's ratings through the roof -- the highest the show had received in 14 years.

"My label always believed in me, but I think a lot of people had written me off because my sales weren't as big as Leona (Lewis) or Duffy or Amy (Winehouse)," Adele said, in reference to the current wave of British female singers.

"And then I did SNL and it just blew up. After that, the album 19 just shot to No. 1 (on iTunes) for, like, four or five days. And then after that a lot more TV guys and producers had all heard of me."

She wound up making guest appearances on "every single TV (talk) show in America, apart from Oprah."

That fateful night, Adele also wound up meeting Palin, even though initially she didn't want to.


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