Her real name is Adele Emily Sandé, but she changed it in 2010 to avoid confusion with Adele. "I am Adele Emeli Sandé. And I'd never met another Adele in my life until Adele came out," Sandé laughed to Radio.com
. "She'd just won the BRIT [Awards] Critics' Choice Award. And I kept hearing her name. It was just before I released my first feature on a record and I thought, 'I should probably pick a different name because I think she's going to be quite big.' And looking back now, I think it was a good idea. I feel very happy being Eméli and I feel I have my identity as an artist."