Adele to perform at Grammy Awards; vocal cords healed

Daybreak Daily’s afternoon stroll across the pop-culture landscape finds a healed singer, a dumped judge, other things, and the mystery music video.

SHE’S BACK: Award-winning singer Adele will sing at the Grammy Awards, where’s she’s nominated in six categories, per the AP, “Adele had surgery on her vocal cords last year, and the Grammys will be the first time she has performed live in five months, The Recording Academy announced Tuesday.”

PAULA X’d OUT: She won’t return for second season of Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” singing competition, per People, “On the heels of the news that Steve Jones was leaving the show as host, judge Nicole Scherzinger is out as well, according to And Paula Abdul was also let go from the show, a source confirms to PEOPLE.”

PUPPY LOVE: That’s the latest deal for Prince William and Kate Middleton, per Entertainment Tonight, “A palace spokesman confirmed to ET that the black royal canine is a few months old and comes from "a litter known to the family." No name has yet been revealed for the tiny cocker spaniel, which is reportedly a favorite breed of the Middleton family.”

MISS PIGGY: The puppet-muppet takes on Fox News (which has wondered whether The Muppets has a so-called liberal agenda) during a press conference to promote The Muppets’ upcoming movie, per the Los Angeles Times (with video), “Miss Piggy wasn't having it. "It's almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as, you know, being news," she said to great applause from the assembled journalists.”

A BETTER TODAY: So just how much did the Stephen Colbert super PAC raise? Per AP, “The comedian disclosed Tuesday that his Americans for a Better Tomorrow "super" political action committee has raised a staggering $1.02 million. PACs were required to submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.”

MORE COLBERT: Gotta watch this clip, per Comedy Central, “On last night's Daily Show, during the Moment of Zen, you saw Stephen Colbert chase after Jon Stewart in pursuit of his Super PAC. But the chase went on much longer, and you can now see the extended segment.”

GLUM KLUM: Seal? Him too, per Us Weekly, “Oon Tuesday, Heidi Klum took to Twitter to break her silence (about the recent separation). "Hi everyone, I want to thank u for all your support & kind words," the 38-year-old supermodel wrote on the microblogging site Tuesday. "Really means so much. Thanks the best fans in the world! xoHeidi"

NEWS KEEP GETTING WORSE: For Newt, that is, per Rolling Stone, “Survivor, the band behind the Grammy-winning Rocky III theme "Eye of the Tiger," are suing Newt Gingrich for using the tune at his recent campaign rallies.”

KIM’S A PLAYER: And we’re her instrument, per Radar, “Kim Kardashian showed off her gorgeous goods ,and has her provocative new pic. The 31-year-old soon-to-be divorcee wanted to show off her new hair color so -- of course --she stripped down to a sexy red bra and snapped away, showing her more than 12 million Twitter followers her sultry self portrait.”

AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video.

--Skip Wood (Follow me on Twitter @DaybreakSkip)