Other star name attendees included John Legend and John Mayer
Adele took a break from motherhood this weekend to rub shoulders with music’s elite at the UJA Music Visionary of the Year Award 2013 luncheon in New York.
The award-winning British singer lunched with rapper Jay-Z at the event at The Pierre Hotel, which was held in honour of Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer, who won this year’s prestigious prize.
Adele, dressed in a black dress and matching cardigan, even took the stage at one point during the star-studded event to pay tribute to Stringer and present him with his award. The singer signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings in 2007 to make her break in the US.
Stringer said of the songstress in his acceptance speech: ‘Your career is defined by the people you work with. Six years ago, that young lady [Adele] walked into our office with her manager and said, “Yeah, this’ll do,” with a cigarette in her mouth. It’s fantastic to have her here, and she doesn’t get out much!’
A whole host of other acclaimed singers and musicians were in attendance including John Legend, John Mayer, Neil Diamond and Darren Criss, as well as members of the bands MGMT and Passion Pit. Many star acts who couldn’t be there in person paid tribute via a video compilation, which featured appearances from Celine Dion, Patti Smith, One Direction, Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk, who signed to Columbia earlier this year.