British Star Adele Leads with Four American Music Award Nods

Adele (AP Photo/John Marshall JME)

Adele — who, even as she cancels tour dates, can apparently do very little wrong these days — has been nominated for four American Music Awards, more than any other artist this year. She’s up for Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Album, and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist.

Between her two No. 1 hits and best-selling album (21), 2011 has been the year of Ms. Adele Adkins, almost indisputably. The backlash is nigh, however: Popjustice guru Peter Robinson, writing in The Guardian, says that Adele and her hit “Someone Like You” have brought on “the New Boring, a ballad-friendly tedial wave destroying everything in its path.” It will interesting to see if the music press that once exalted Adele will turn on her once she’s nominated for a gazillion Grammys later this year. (Hey, it happened to Mumford & Sons. And Coldplay. But they sorta deserved it.)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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