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18 May 2012, 11:15 | Updated: 18 May 2012, 11:25
The 'Rolling In The Deep' star made the admission at the Ivor Novello awards in London.
Adele has admitted that reading the reviews of her first album helped shape her second record '21'.
The 'Rolling In The Deep' star made the admission as she collected two Ivor Novello awards in London on Thursday (17th May).
Speaking after winning Songwriter Of The Year, Adele advised new musicians not to read their reviews, but admitted that some critics' comments had inspired her when she began making '21'.
"I read my reviews on my first album like a d***head, you shouldn’t do that. Any budding artist, don't read the press on you – it's a mistake," she said.
"But the main thing was that my songs weren't as good as my voice, which I really appreciated and took it on board and now I'm winning Songwriter Of The Year for my second album so thank you very, very much for analysing my songs like that and making me aware of myself in a good way."
A clearly emotional Adele then dedicated the award to her manager Jonathan Dickins, and said that she was giving the prize to him.
"This award is going on your shelf not mine because I'd be no where if it wasn't for you Jonathan," she said.
'21' has gone on to become the biggest-selling album of the 21st century, and is currently the fifth biggest-seller in the UK ever.
Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey also won awards at the Ivor Novellos on Thursday.