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Grammys: Adele wears her heart on her sleeve, songwriters say

February 12, 2012 |  4:15 pm

Adele at the Grammy Awards 2012

Dan Wilson, who co-wrote, produced and played piano on British singing sensation Adele's No. 1 hit song "Someone Like You," and is likewise nominated for album of the year for his work on "21," appeared on the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday alongside fellow Adele songwriter Fraser T. Smith.

Both men expressed a great deal of admiration for the young singer, saying that working with her was a pleasure because she made it her mission to bring out the best in them.

But it is Adele's ability to wear her heart on her sleeve and be herself in the face of fame, they said, that has helped her capture and keep the world's attention.

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"The woman is a musical genius," Wilson said. "She's just a powerhouse of a musical figure and creator. And she can't help but be herself."

"She's got her heart on her sleeve, coupled with integrity and a great sense of humor," Smith added.

Was the thought of a possible Adele sweep dimmed by the shadow of Whitney Houston's death?

"It's gonna take people weeks to process what happened," Wilson said. "Whoever wins, we don't want to take it away from them. But Whitney's such a huge and significant artist."


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Photo: Singer Adele arrives at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Sunday. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images