updated 02/13/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 02/13/2012 AT 11:10 AM ET
Three months after having throat surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal chord, Adele made a triumphant return at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning six trophies, including album of the year, and performing publicly for the first time since her health scare.
For the British singer, 23, it was clearly a night of relief as well as joy. “Mum, I love you. I’m so sorry you’re not here,” she said through sobs in accepting the album of the year award.
Her album, 21, was “inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it, which is a rubbish relationship,” she added.
“And it’s gone on to do things that … I can’t tell you how I feel about it. It’s been the most life-changing year.”
She also dazzled at the show with her performance of “Rolling in the Deep,” which had everyone rapt – partly to see how her voice would sound after the surgery.
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