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Adele Turns Down Glastonbury Headlining Gig, Wins Ivor Novello Awards

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Even Adele gets stage fright. Adele may have walked away with two Ivor Novello Awards yesterday for her songwriting achievements, but she won’t be headlining one of England’s biggest music festivals because, the organizer says, she finds the idea of performing in front of 80,000 people too “daunting.”

With the Glastonbury Festival taking 2012 off due to the Summer Olympics in London, boss Michael Eavis tried to get a jumpstart on the 2013 lineup by confirming Adele for the annual event. But despite all the fans she could reach and the sizable paycheck a headlining gig on the Pyramid Stage would bring, she declined the invitation.

“She knows that we want her anyway, but she doesn’t want to do a thing our size,” Eavis told The Metro (via MTV U.K.) “Going on the Pyramid Stage is a bit daunting in front of 80,000 people; it’s a bit much really.” He added that he expects her to attend as a fan. “She comes every year usually, and has her own little party.”

Adele won two Ivor Novello Awards yesterday, claiming the Songwriter of the Year prize. She also won Most Performed Work for ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ which prompted her to thank the “drunken karaoke people.”

Adele’s ’21′ is still in the Top 5 and has now surpassed 9 million albums sold in the U.S. Billboard notes that ’21′ has spent 64 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, just eight weeks short of the record for a female artist, held by Alanis Morissette‘s ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ ‘Adele Live in London,’ a one-hour special on NBC, will air on June 3.

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