Adele returns to the stage post-surgery

This may be the best news of the year: Adele‘s throat is healing. We learned this week that she will perform at the Grammy Awards — her first live vocal performance since throat surgery last fall.

All together now: Whew!

Adele has six Grammy nominations 21 for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album; “Rolling in the Deep” for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video; and “Someone Like You” for Best Pop Solo Performance. And just for the record (sorry), 21 has been No.1 on the Billboard 200 longer than any other album since The Bodyguard (1993).

In October, the singer cancelled nine sold-out shows on her North American tour and six shows in Britain to get treatment for recurrent bleeding in her vocal chords. Although the surgery was a success and her surgeon predicted a full recovery, we had no way of knowing when — or if — she would return to form. An Adele performance packs so much raw emotion and vocal power into every song that it was easy to imagine that her larynx might never recover. Thankfully, we can now return our imaginations to something more fun.

Considering what is nominated, chances are that Adele would have been on the Grammy stage quite a bit anyway. But now we’ll get to hear at least some of the music that earned those nominations.

Join me in welcoming Adele back and wishing her well as she resumes her career. Are you as excited to see her again as I am?

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