Adele has announced her return to live performance after five months away from the stage – and it’s a high-profile comeback. Her first show since undergoing microsurgery on her throat in November will be at the Grammy awards on 12 February.
“Ima be, Ima be singing at the Grammys,” Adele tweeted on Monday. “It’s been so long I started to forget I was a singer!” In a press release, she was a little more subdued: “It’s an absolute honour to be included in such a night,” she wrote. “[It] is very exciting and of course nerve–racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”
The Grammys were already expected to be a historic night for Adele, who has been nominated in six categories. Although she didn’t beat Kanye West’s record of seven nominations, Adele is in the running for the most important awards, including record of the year, song of the year and album of the year. The singer previously appeared at the 2009 Grammys, where she was named best new artist. “A Grammy is like an Oscar,” she said then. “You win an Oscar when you give the performance of your life. I hope this isn’t the performance of my life.”
The 2012 Grammys gala has now become a welcome-back party for Adele, who cancelled her entire tour in October 2011, complaining of voice problems. Since then, the 23-year-old has been resting; she also underwent an operation for a bleeding vocal polyp.
Other performers at this year’s Grammys include Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift and a Coldplay and Rihanna team-up. Paul McCartney will perform a new song, My Valentine, which will be filmed with a single camera. “I want to shoot from a perspective that harkens back to a classic look, when there were only three networks and when colour TV was new,” Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told Billboard. “It’s a chance to do something I can’t do with Nicki Minaj.”
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