Adele’s damaged vocal cords: 4 other singers who underwent surgery, and why it happens

Adele cancelled tour dates after damaging her vocal cords. Here are 4 other singers - John Mayer, R Kelly, M Shadows, Sam Smith - who underwent surgery, and why they’re prone to this injury.
Adele sings Hello at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.(REUTERS)
Adele sings Hello at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 04, 2017 01:58 PM IST
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Adele’s fans have come out in a huge numbers to support the singer after she cancelled the two final shows of her tour due to health issues.

The 29-year-old singer decided not to go through with the final two dates of her tour after she was diagnosed with damaged vocal cords.

In an emotional letter posted on Twitter, the singer said she was “devastated” by the decision to leave the last two shows.

Following Adele’s concert cancellations, hundreds of fans flocked to Wembley Stadium to take part in sing-alongs of her tracks. While, other performed her songs in online videos to show their love and support.

The singer was previously forced to cancel tour dates in 2011, after suffering a throat haemorrhage. She had to undergo surgery, and had to teach herself to sing again. Speaking in 2012, after moths spent recuperating, she said, “My voice has its limits. If I go on a 200-date world tour, it would happen again.” She even thanked her doctor, Dr Steven M Zeitels, a leading surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital , in an acceptance speech in 2012.

Throat problems are common among singers. Here are 4 other singers who’ve suffered similar issues.

John Mayer

John Mayer underwent surgery for granuloma in 2011.

R Kelly

Also in 2011, R&B singer R Kelly underwent emergency throat surgery, during which an abscess on one of his tonsils was drained.

M Shadows

Avenged Sevenfold singer M Shadows had to undergo throat surgery in 2002. During a 2016 radio interview in Louisville, he spoke about the procedure. “Yeah, I had throat surgery in 2002, I think. It took a couple of years (to get all the lost notes from my voice).

Sam Smith

Fresh off the success of his 2014 single Stay With Me, Sam Smith suffered bleeding vocal cords, and had to cancel tour dates. He recovered three months later. “My throat is looking bloody fantastic,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Most of the performers that I care for, they know how to sing,” Dr Steven M Zeitels told EW in 2015. “More often than not, the injuries occur because of their unbelievable work ethic. I don’t think there’s an increase in injuries. I think it’s being diagnosed more frequently because of awareness.”

“It’s amazing how many shows can be done in a row—that makes things more complicated today,” he continued. “Men speak from about 100 to 140 hertz, the number of times per second their cords collide, while women speak between 180 and 240 hertz. So there are more collisions and more potential for vocal lesions.”

With agency inputs

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