Her influences include the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald.
Leona Lewis was one of her classmates at a British performing-arts school.
Was signed by the independent label XL Recordings after some of her music was posted online.
Her first album, 19, debuted at No.1 on the British charts.
Made her U.S. TV debut on The Today Show.
Significantly raised her profile in the U.S. when she performed on Saturday Night Live the same night that approximately 17 million viewers tuned in to see Sarah Palin meet her impersonator, Tina Fey, on the show.
Her album 21 and song "Rolling in the Deep" were the top-selling album and song in the U.S. in 2011.
In February 2012, she became the first female artist to have three singles in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
Awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2013.
Her 2015 album 25 broke *NSYNC's long-standing record for biggest debut week album sales in the U.S.
2008, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
2008, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
2016, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Album: Winner
2011, Grammy — Best Pop Solo Performance: Winner
2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Song: Winner
2013, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Winner
2011, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
2011, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
2013, Grammy — Best Song Written for Visual Media: Winner
2016, Emmy — Outstanding Variety Special: Nominee
2016, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
2011, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
2011, CMT Music Awards — CMT Performance of the Year: Nominee
2016, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
2011, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Album: Winner
2011, Grammy — Best Short Form Music Video: Winner
2016, Grammy — Best Pop Solo Performance: Winner
2012, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Winner
2012, Grammy — Best Pop Solo Performance: Winner
2016, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Entertainment Programme: Nominee