updated 02/12/2012 AT 11:35 PM ET
•originally published 02/12/2012 AT 9:00 PM ET
She’s rolling in the Grammys!
As she tearfully accepted album of the year for 21, the British singer, 23, professed her gratitude. “It’s been the most life-changing year,” she said, wiping her eyes.
Led by hit singles “Someone Like You” (which was named best pop solo performance) and “Rolling in the Deep,” the album was inspired by “a rubbish relationship,” she joked on stage at L.A.’s Staples Center. She also offered a searing performance of “Rolling in the Deep” midway through the telecast, her first live public performance since being silenced by a hemorrhaged vocal chord last year.
Among Adele’s other wins: best pop vocal album and best short form music video.