Los Angeles - Adele thinks modesty is key to her success.
The 27-year-old singer has claimed remaining humble is crucial to her impressive on-stage performances, which have helped establish her as one of the world's most popular musical acts.
She said: "I don't think stage fright is important, but I think it's really important that you don't think you're great. Because once you get to that point, you just fucked everything up.
"You think that everyone's going to think you're great all the time, and that's rubbish.
"Artists and bands that I've grown up loving, they get a certain amount of success and they're like, 'Oh, this is easy.' And I'm like, 'I don't like you anymore. I like your music, but I don't like you.'
"And if you don't like the person, why are you going to let them into your life? It's a whole package, which is what I think an artist should be."
Adele also admitted she's motivated by a desire to not let her fans down.
She told NPR: "With my stage fright, I just don't want to let people down. I get so nervous onstage that I don't have the guts to improvise or anything like that.
"But also, you know when you go to a show of someone that you love, and they play a record that you absolutely love, but they play it so many different ways that you can't even sing along?
"One of my favorite things about going to a gig and, doing a gig, is the singalongs - the crowd gets to sing with you and you get to sing with the artist. Like, that's one of my favorite things personally.
"So I would never want to perform a song completely differently. I mean, imagine if I started doing a bashment version of Hello everyone would be like, 'What?' "
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