Adele wins pop Grammy, admits nerves about Oscars

British songstress Adele won the Grammy for best pop solo performance on Sunday, the first award handed out during the main event on the music industry's biggest night of the year.

She also gave a typically straight-talking answer when asked how she is feeling about the Oscars later this month, where she is nominated for best song for the theme tune to Bond movie "Skyfall," admitting she was nervous.

The 24-year-old singer, who swept the board with six Grammys at last year's awards show, took the pop performance prize for a live rendition of her hit "Set Fire to the Rain."

"My good luck charm, J-Lo," she said as she accepted the award from Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. "This is amazing. I wanted to come and be part of the night. I loved it last year, obviously," she added.

Last year she won best song, best record, best album for her breakthrough "21," best short video, best pop album and best pop artist, winning all six categories in which she was nominated.

Speaking backstage after accepting her award Sunday, Adele said it was less stressful this year than last, even though she is now a mother, having given birth in October.

"I've been up since 6:00 am so I'm quite tired," she told reporters, but added that, as a new mother "it's nice, I haven't been as stressed out... you have to prioritize what you stress about and worry about."

The Londoner said she hasn't made much progress on her next album, partly because of motherhood and partly because of awards season.

"I'm not very far along at all. I'm having lots of meetings, I've been in LA the whole time, since the (Golden) Globes (last month), and I will be until the Oscars," she said.

"I've been out of the loop really," she said, while admitting that she is nervous about the Oscars, the climax of Hollywood's awards season on February 24. In addition to being nominated, Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the event.

"I'm shitting myself!" she said.