But Adele wasn't the only lady to make waves in music in 2011. For the first time, all four of Billboard's Top Artists of the year were female. Rihanna came in at number two, with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga coming in three and four. This also marks the third year in a row that a woman takes home Top Artist honors. Lady Gaga earned this spot in 2010 with Taylor Swift taking it home in 2009.
Since Adele is recuperating from throat surgery, it might be a little while before we get to see her sing live again. Hopefully, this video of her performing “Turning Tables” (sorry, another tearjerker) from her just released Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD will help tide you over.