Adele covers up in black, with big ginger hair at the VMAs: gorgeous?


Yes, I’m just covering Adele because I love her and I wanted to give myself a little gift after covering too many moderately to minorly talented “pop stars” at the VMAs. Do you know that Adele didn’t win any of the big awards last night? “Rolling in the Deep” won awards for Best Editing, Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, but Adele didn’t take home anything during the actual live show. Still, she showed up with her beautiful, gigantic ginger hair and she performed and had a good time. I loved all of the cutaways of Adele – her priceless look when Lady Gaga fell off the piano, and her adorable, clappy sing-along when Beyonce was on performing. You know Adele and Beyonce are friends, right? They adore each other, and I believe Bey is probably a little jealous of how well Adele’s album has done.

Anyway, Adele barely got photographed on the black carpet, and she didn’t get to go backstage for photos because she didn’t win anything (ugh), but she did get to perform. And it was… magnificent. Her single “Something Like You” has become her standard for award shows after she performed the song at the BRIT Awards earlier this year and she absolutely KILLED IT then. I’ve watched that performance so many times, so I was slightly disappointed that Adele chose to do the same song in the same way last night. But I won’t complain too much because I love the song and it was lovely to see a real singer with a real voice on the show. Here’s the performance:

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  1. the original bellaluna says:

    Adele is beautiful. And supremely talented. That is all.

  2. JessJ says:

    I was SHOCKED when I saw her smoking with Gaga. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE ADELE?!?!?!?

  3. LeManda says:

    Love. Love. Love.
    I just wish she was there with a bunch of her friends though. She looked like she felt out of place.

  4. constance says:

    Dressed folksy well and comfortable. I admire her simplicity. All I need to see on Adele is lush fake eyelashes and thick eyeliner. I think she always tries to dress for her body and appropriately for the occasion. I’m sad she didn’t win anything. However, it’s the nature of Mtv. It runs on the blood and tears of prepubescent children.

  5. Addie says:

    She looks elegant and timeless.

    Isn’t the song called ‘someone like you’

    Maybe the ginger hair is a reminder to Prince Harry that her offer to go out on a date still stands 😉
    Adele would make a great modern day princess.

  6. Danziger says:

    Your Adele haze must be intense to call that hair gorgeous.

  7. gigi* says:

    so very beautiful and cute! I really like her, she’s got an addictive voice!

  8. lakemom says:

    I adore her! You can keep the famewhore Lady Gaga aka Jo Calderone…you know there will be no such stunts coming from Adele. She is a woman with real talent.

  9. Ell says:

    Always gorgeous. The video you posted can’t be viewed outside the US apparently…boo hoo.

  10. caitlinsmommy says:

    perfection. that is all.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I usually hate that big hair (JLo I’m looking at you) but I kind of love it here. Not crazy about the dress, but who cares what she’s wearing, she’s awesome, lovely, and talented.

  12. grabbyhands says:

    I swear, this woman always looks beautiful.

  13. DetRiotgirl says:

    Well, I’m just glad she didn’t sing rolling in the deep. I think if I have to hear that song one more time this summer, I may go nuts. I kind of don’t get the hype over Adele, personally. I think that’s she’s talented, but she’s nothing I haven’t heard before. I guess what I’m saying is that, for me, I find her pleasant but not quite as amazing as everyone else seems to find her.

    However, I really do appreciate that she is an actual musician who can sing, and I think she looks lovely here.

  14. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I don’t like her black carpet outfit. Adele should have worn what she performed in instead of whatever the hell this is. Its bad from head to toe. Good gwad she is wearing pantyhose. I loved the outfit Adele performed in and I am so jealous I cant wear my hair in that gorgeous side swept ponytail she does.

    Man Adele was sooo beautiful singing on stage and I love that song from her album. She has come such a long way. Was sooo proud of her.

    Also if this was about the songs and stuff Adele would have won way more awards but its just for the video. As amazing as the video is, she is sitting in a chair for the whole thing. It deserved all the awards it got though, its still a moving video.

  15. Kloops says:

    Love her and I get that she’s doing a retro look but the hair is too poofy for my liking. Wish she hadn’t done that song. It’s too soon to the Brit Awards that it loses a little bit of the electrifying magic. It’s still a beautiful song and her voice is phenomenal.

  16. HotLatino says:

    Big hair and black make her look thinner and that’s somethin good, can’t say I’m her fan tho, I tried to like her music, I just can’t.

  17. nancypants says:

    I think she is completely awesome.
    She’s lovely, she’s very talented, she’s very young and I’m worried about her.

    Obviously, she is not comfortable on the red carpet or doing all this PR crap and she doesn’t have to.

    She could just continue to produce great music and make a very good living.

    She reminds me a little of a young Diane Schuur.
    Most folks have probably never heard of her but she has had a very good life making plenty of money, playing small venues and she seems very happy.

    I’d like to see Adele go this route at least for now.

  18. Kristen says:

    Love. “Someone Like You” is my ‘alone in the car, turn it up loud and sing even louder’ song of the moment.

  19. ShanKat says:

    She’s a button. The dress is uber frumpy. Cute shoes.

  20. Sue says:

    Didn’t like the hair and the dress could have been more special, I did love her performance and thought she should have gotten the first award instead of Britney looks like MTV is still kissing Britney ass but whatever.

  21. Bee says:

    Love Love Love Adele. It’s so nice to see someone who can bring it vocally without flashing her tetas in my face.

  22. Sue says:

    She looks great!

  23. Tommy says:

    Adele is not THAT talented, people. She’s got a nice voice but she’s not the second coming. Time to move along!

  24. Goofpuff says:

    I love her hair and makeup, but her dress and shoes are just blah and boring. Something grandma would wear. She should have won some awards. She is a way better singer than the autotuned losers.

  25. skilo says:

    I just absolutely love her , she can do no wrong in my eyes.

  26. Janice says:

    She looks pretty. Love her and her songs…amazing! Someone like you.

  27. Waldemar says:

    “…so I was slightly disappointed that Adele chose to do the same song in the same way…”

    I don’t think Adele has any saying in what she can perform. This maybe a music award show, but the artists are just hired for the evening and being paid for their act. I have friends who organize these kind of shows and sometimes they hire an artist and let them sing an old song. That way they are cheaper.

    So, if it helps, you can blame MTV for stupidly trying to recreate that AWESOME performance on the Brits.

  28. Diane says:

    Love her, she’s gorgeous and very talented.

  29. Emmy says:

    love her, love that song, was super distracted by those finger nails though.

  30. atlantapug says:

    Her hair reminds me of Ricki Lake in Hairspray ala 1990.
    Lose the black nylons… also 1990.

    Dress, meh. It’s just OK. Good thing she can sing.

  31. aenflex says:

    fuckin right she’s gorgeous!

  32. palermo says:

    She’s really pretty and while I realize she is more covered up than most because she’s not tiny, she looks elegant and classy

  33. jesikabelcher says:

    I absolutely LOVE HER!!

  34. kpist says:

    I love her, my new fav

  35. It is ME!!! says:

    Homegirl is stunning and has pipes. What’s not to like?

  36. Devon says:

    Best part of the evening. I never get goosebumps watching award shows and people singing, but she gave me goosebumps throughout her whole performance. The simplicity of it, just her and the piano. THAT is what music should be, not this ridiculous spectacle that was the rest of the night.

  37. Lindsey G. says:

    I wish MTV would throw itself “through ever-ey open door,” for not awarding Rolling in the Deep any awards on Adele’s performance and for awarding that twat Katy Perry…what was it, three awards?

    Jesus, it’s MTV, so…I guess I can’t be too surprised.

  38. gab says:

    True talent and beauty!

  39. Tazina says:

    She’s very sensitive about her weight obviously and tries to hide it by dressing in black (which makes you look 6% thinner)….I hope she’s not smoking to control her appetite…that is just wrong.

  40. Happy21 says:

    She’s beautiful and talented. Her red carpet outfit left a little to be desired but I love who she is and how she is proud to be her. She’s not a skinny little thing and is proud of that. I read that she can’t be bothered, that her talent is her voice not her body. Good for her!

    Love her!

    Just hope she doesn’t get recruited by Jennifer Hudson and some diet company to change who she is!

  41. Rita says:

    Adele is a very pretty woman. Her eyes and cheeks are so striking. I don’t care a lick about her weight. She is a very pretty woman and I hope she knows it and is comfortable with it.

  42. the original bellaluna says:

    Adele has never made any bones about the fact that she smokes. She’s not doing it to be “in” and she’s not doing it to control her weight. Girlfriend loves her fags and isn’t going to give them up right now.

    Just another way of differentiating herself from the “mob mentality” that is the current genre of “music.”

    And yes, music is in quotes because most others are performing anything but.

    Adele is beautiful and lovely, and her voice is amazing. That alone sets her apart from just about anyone else on the scene.

    I defy you to show me ONE other person/act at the VMA’s who performed with just their voice and a mike. Go ‘head.

  43. Stubbylove says:

    What a breath of fresh air. A true talent, artist, beauty and gift to us all. Keep it comin’ Adele baby.

  44. the original bellaluna says:

    Computer’s pulling a Lohan again, so I deleted this duplicate.

  45. the original bellaluna says:

    For those who are not singers, those who have not performed before others, maybe it’s not possible for you to comprehend the depth of emotion Adele puts into her songs.

    It’s conveyed in the depth of her voice, her movements (watch her hands – that’s not staged), how she sings.

    I guess I just cannot adequately explain it.

  46. Munkey says:

    @JessJ: You’re shocked that a 23-year-old smokes? Really?

  47. margaritachum says:

    i’m really pissed that she didn’t win any award since she was the most talented person there.
    she looks gorgeous. she’s so beautiful and the way she sings is so pure and so true that we can actually feel what she’s feeling and if that doesn’t make her a kickass artist i don’t know what does.

  48. SueAnn says:

    Why do people think she is pretty? She looks like a drag queen…

  49. Ruth says:

    She is awesome but for the love of god can someone dress her as beautifully as she deserves. She is so good-looking and has a lovely figure. It shouldnt be hard to find something that shows her off more. She could do elegant and classic looks so so well.

  50. says:

    I think Adele is talented but let’s be honest here: the hair is fug, the dress is meh at best, the panty hose is fug, and the shoes, although not ugly, don’t go with the rest of the outfit.

  51. hatsumomo says:

    I noticed that about her, she’ll tyipically sing her songs live the exact way its done on the album. I mean, I know she is singing live, but it would just be nice to hear a slight deviation from the set-on-the-album way. I know I shouldn’t compare Amy Winehouse and Adele together but I’ll do it anyways. When Amy sang, when she was coherent, she always had a new note or change in lyric for her songs. Its pretty awesome to hear a song you recognize, but just different.

  52. Lisa Mullaney says:

    I love Adele – she is beautiful inside and out – she is beautiful just the way she is now. No changes needed.

  53. original kate says:

    so pretty. love her.

  54. Maritza says:

    She is very pretty and always dresses appropriately for her figure. Actually I love that she sings her songs exactly how she recorded them, that is what the fans want to hear,no lipsynching at all.

  55. mary simon says:

    she looks great. less matronly than usual. love the go-go hair on her.

  56. RMac says:

    I love Adele! Not only is she pure talent, she doesn’t really do the “image” thing and I love that too. With that voice, she’s got staying power. Both 19 and 21 and are two of my favorite albums. I wish her all the best.

  57. Amanda G says:

    I thought her performance dress was stunning. The other one, not so much…

    Loved her performance and later when she was singing along to Amy Winehouse.

  58. Meadowlark says:

    Everyone can go ahead and judge the shit out of me but I go far beyond recognizing Adele’s beauty… I find her straight up sexually attractive.

    That being said, I have an issue with Adele! I love her voice so much but I’m always underwhelmed by the music and lyrics of (most of) her songs. I sort of want her to cover a bunch of Dusty Springfeild or even Nina Simone songs or something.

  59. Shannon says:

    I think she looks cute, but a bit uncomfortable. That’s to be expected though- I’ve heard a few interviews she’s done on radio shows and it boils down to her not being used to the attention yet. I think she’ll hit her stride eventually. She’s a really lovely person and sees herself as “normal” instead of “celebrity” and I think that explains a lot.

  60. Erin says:

    She is awesome! I still get chills when she sings – and she is a classic beauty. People, this is what talent looks like!

  61. BellaLuna says:

    @Emmy Glad someone said it. I LOVE Adele, but I couldnt even hear her beautiful voice singing because I was staring in shock while she waved her long pointy witch nails all over the place.

  62. april says:

    She looks gorgeous. Love dress and hair.

  63. Caity says:

    You think Katy Perry cries herself to sleep at night after hearing Adelle sing?

  64. april says:

    She looks gorgeous. Love dress and hair.
    Thank you for posting the video of her singing.

  65. Marianne says:

    I like Adele, but not a fan of the big hair.

  66. Camille says:

    She is gorgeous and she has a wonderful voice. <3 her.

  67. Now thats what I call a STAR!! And,a beautiful woman,too.

  68. Maura says:

    LOVE HER! I saw Adele over the last 2 weeks in Vegas (front row) and San Francisco, and she just nails everything she sings. She did a tribute to Amy Winehouse, and she does not sing everything right off the album. She’s an “old soul” if you know what I mean, and not afraid to conquer the material. There’s just her pure voice with no production. For those who say she looked uncomfortable she is shy and knocked out by her success but she has become much more confident in the live performances. I hope she sweeps the Grammy’s because she is the best female singer of these times, without a doubt. She’s 23, and she should look however she feels comfortable. As far as the nails go, I had mine done at the same hotel spa in Vegas, she joked about them on stage, they were red/white/blue with rhinestones and she’s simply enjoying this amazing time; Good for her!

  69. Firecracker says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous voice she has! I’ve never heard her before, I’ve seen everyone talk about her on here but didn’t know who she is. She’s beautiful and I bet she looks a lot thinner in person, why does the camera add weight, I just hate that!

  70. Rachael says:

    I love her. She can do no wrong. I wish she’d loose the panty hose and either wear tights or nothing. but whatever. She is still my fave.

  71. Jana says:

    Adele made Lady Gaga look like an embicile…if God has given you a voice like their’s, why the hell can’t you just sing your song and stop trying to be so over the top!!!

  72. lucy2 says:

    I do like her performance dress a lot more.
    21 is still my go-to album in the car. I keep switching which song I like the most, right now it’s “I’ll Be Waiting”.

  73. Tiffany says:

    Beautiful woman, and I would love to see her in some color. Any color, but black. A nice shade of blue, maybe.

  74. Flan says:

    Great job.

  75. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    I am an absolute fan of Adele’s. I think she is stunning, I love her music and her voice is amazing.
    So I mean no disrespect when I say that I just couldn’t stop staring at her finger nails while she performed at the VMA’s. I mean, Christ, those puppies were so long! They were distracting!

    You know when you see those people with freakishly long nails and you wonder how they can even tie their own shoes? Well, hers aren’t that long, yet, but they appeared to be long enough that they’d possibly make life just a wee bit more difficult.

    Heh.. the shit I get fixated on sometimes…

  76. Ajanni says:

    She’s such a beautiful, talented young artist. I love her soulful voice and humble personality. I am just grateful real, talented artists are getting their shine, maybe the Rihanna’s and Kesha’s will go away.

  77. Magsy says:

    Love her, cool, pretty, down to earth, saw her on Graham Norton and she was a delight!! Don’t ever lose weight darlin unless you want to. She is so un-Hollywood, that’s why I love her.

  78. stephneal14 says:

    She knocked it out of the park, with her stunning voice, loved it! Thought she looked gorgeous, she’s got some pipes on her, that true talent!Love to hear someone who can really sing.

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  80. F5 says:

    Idk.. just because she’s overweight I feel like everybody will say that she’s gorgeous, stunning, fantastic.. even if she’s average or had a night off ( like she did at VMA’s)

    Her weight makes people feel safe, no usual jealousy and snarky comments like with a skinny performer..
    Well, it’s showbiz and some ppl will find her not attractive and that’s OK..

  81. Francesca says:

    Adele is the real thing. She has lost a ton of weight since she started and looks better every time. I wish her nothing but supreme happiness…

  82. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think Adele is talented and beautiful but weight in the industry will always be an issue. If her weight wasn’t would she or any of us really be talking about it no. It’s the elephant in the room and it’s unfortunate but so true.

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