Adele made a rare public appearance on Friday (June 21) to pay tribute to the man responsible for first giving her a record deal. Columbia Records chairman Rob Stringer was honored by Adele, along with a bevy of fellow artists and industry execs including John Mayer, Neil Diamond and John Legend, as this year’s recipient of the Music Visionary of the Year Award by the UJA-Federation of New York.

The star-studded event drew in more than 600 elite guests to New York’s Pierre Hotel for a luncheon tribute to Stringer. Adele, who looked stunning in all black, debuted a sleek, braided up-do as she presented the award to Stringer at the ceremony.

Even Stringer himself seemed extra pleased by Adele’s rare public attendance as he told the story of first signing her to the label in 2007 during his speech.

“Your career is defined by the people you work with,” Stringer said according to Billboard. “Six years ago, that young lady 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.”

Adele was joined by a host of artists celebrating Stringer’s exceptional career at Columbia. In addition to Mayer, Diamond and Legend, Glee’s Darren Criss and members of rock bands MGMT, Passion Pit and HAIM, who along with Mayer, performed two songs at the ceremony.

– Britt Brickel, 94.7 The Wave 


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