Adele’s ’21’ Turns One: We Celebrate Her Amazing Year (PHOTOS)

By: Erika Brooks Adickman / February 21, 2012

When Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” first came barreling through our car radios in late 2010, no one — not even the pop star herself — could have expected that her then-upcoming album 21 would set fire to the pop world quite like it did. Exactly one year after its release, the 23-year-old’s album has sold over 7 million copies in the US alone. In its 52 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, the LP has spent a total of 21 weeks at number one (a feat not accomplished since 1990’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em by MC Hammer) and, who could forget, scored six Grammy wins. The year of 21 did not roll smoothly as the Brit faced a health scare, cancelled tour dates and weathered fabricated rumors about her new boyfriend. But in true Adele fashion, she not only persevered, but came back ten times stronger. Click through as we revisit 12 big moments in the reigning chart queen’s last 12 months.