Adele Adkins & Simon Konecki = Adele's Appoggiatura and Six Grammys
It began in 2006 or so, Adele had a page on MySpace. Her vocals were noticed. Before then, she simply performed for others in small groups or Mom & Dad and mimicked the Spice Girls, a 90's girl band.
Yet, it was not until she entered into love with a 37 yr old, years ago, that she was actually happy. Singing helped, but it was not the drive others had. When that failed, the heartbreak is overwhelming for her and her sole relief from the hurt were lyrics and songs she created on her guitar to fight despair. The songs, Rolling in the deep, Someone Like You, and others from her "21" album gave her a very unexpected happiness and fame within a few months time. She still finds it funny that she is suddenly this popular.
Had it not been for her boyfriend deciding to break up, there are good odds Adele would not be at the 2012 Grammy awards. Thanks, dude! Most of the songs on "21" are about him and their relationship and breakup, that the listener truly feels and hears via the device called "appoggiatura", that most songrwriters and singers are not aware off, yet the listener knows it because the device creates a tear-jerker reaction.
An appoggiatura is an ornamental note that clashes with the melody long enough to create a dissonant sound, which creates tension and angst within a listener. In Adele's "Someone Like You", there are several of them throughout the song. Scientists have learned that songs that are intensely emotional to the listener causes dopamine to be released and makes the listener liking it and longing for more in the reward centers of the brain as does sex and drugs. So, the more depressing or uplifting a song is, the more we crave it.
Adele certainly is the first do it, most artists do it without knowing the science about why it happens, to them, it just sounds good whether expressing pain, loss, or joy and happiness. Adele's "21" album is a tear jerker that has made her very happy-not because of the dopamine but because of the $$$$. She is also happy with her new love, Simon Konecki, a married man with kids.
She promises now to do a "happy" album because she is once again-in love. Adele's success in just proof that out of despair and pain (in this case) the hurt you suffer can be a good thing!