And while that news isn't exactly shocking to anyone who listened to the radio/ watched TV/ got on the Internet at any point this year, it was a surprise to Adele herself, who emailed MTV News — and included a photo of her kissing her newly won hardware — to express her gratitude and continued amazement at the deeply personal song's success.
"Thank you very much for your support!" she wrote. "It's overwhelming how many people my life has resonated with. I find it quite hard to wrap my head around it."
To that end, though "Deep" was not only the year's best-selling song (and her 21 the year's best-selling album), Adele just can't seem to comprehend how the tune has come to mean so much to so many. After all, she was writing about her own failed relationship, and though she wanted the song to be the lead single from 21, she never thought it would end up being more than a critic's fave, let alone MTV's Song of the Year.
"I was pretty insistent it be a single. But I thought it would be more a tastemaker vibe than a hit," she wrote. "I loved the song the minute I wrote it. The melody and the beat added some conviction to it. I think that's why people have connected with it."
Though she's currently recuperating from her recent throat surgery, Adele closed her email by promising big things on the horizon (and sending us holiday well-wishes). There's talk of a full-blown arena tour and, of course, her expected triumph at February's Grammys. In fact, if you thought 2011 was huge, just wait until 2012.
"Happy holidays," she wrote. "And see you next year."