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February 1, 2012 2:04 am

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Music's biggest night was already going to be a big night for Adele: She's nominated in six categories -- a career high -- and Kanye West has her outnumbered only by a single nod.

But the 2012 Grammy Awards represents another special milestone for the bluesy Brit with the powerhouse voice. Just two months after she underwent throat surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal cord, Adele will return to the stage for the first time since announcing the cancelation of her North American tour, People reports.

"Ima be, Ima be singing at the Grammys," Adele, who's currently dating former financier Simon Konecki, tweeted Tuesday. "It's been so long I started to forget I was a singer! I can't wait."

The singer, whose tunes about heartbreak and healing have fueled her fame, calls the Feb. 12 performance "an absolute honor."

"For it to be my first performance in months is very exciting and of course nerve-wracking," she says in a statement. "But what a way to get back into it all."

Adele is nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best short form music video for "Rolling in the Deep"; album of the year and best pop vocal album for "21"; and best pop solo performance for "Someone Like You."

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What's even more dramatic than frontrunner Rachel Crow collapsing into sobs after a shocking elimination from "The X Factor"?

The shakeup that's shaping up for season 2 of the Fox singing competition.

On the heels of the news that Steve Jones was leaving the show as host, judge Nicole Scherzinger is out as well, according to EW.com. And Paula Abdul was also let go from the show, People reports.

Abdul had a tough time mentoring the groups, becoming the first judge without contestants on season 1. And Scherzinger faced serious backlash after Crow's elimination.

With the women off the judges' panel, record producer L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell, who is also the executive producer of the talent competition, are the only familiar faces that remain. No word yet on replacements.


First Published 2012-02-11 01:41:16
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