The singers have heaped praise on each other in the past and Adele now explains her love for the Drunk in Love singer goes back to her Destiny's Child days.

"She's my Michael Jackson," she tells Vanity Fair.

And Beyonce has returned her admiration for Adele saying, "It is so easy to talk to her and be around her. She's funny as hell and her comebacks are legendary. The most beautiful thing about Adele is that she has her priorities straight. She is a gracious woman and the most humble human being I've ever met."

"When Adele sings you can hear that it's coming from an unfiltered honesty and purity," she adds. "She creates songs that go deep and expose pain and vulnerability with her soulful voice. She takes you places other artists don't go to anymore - the way they did in the 1970s.

Adele also a huge fan of Bette Midler and Stevie Nicks, and she credits Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald among her early influences: "I can't find the words to describe how much I love (Stevie Nicks)," she says. "(And) I've obviously loved (Bette Midler) for years. I like her humour, but she's a f**king great singer, a really amazing singer. When I watched her show, I felt like I was really watching the last legend. No one's made like that anymore."

The Hello singer explains she has started to appreciate the talents of women more.

"When you're between the ages of 15 and 19, maybe you see women as competition, as opposed to lifesavers and people that hold your hand and have experienced pretty much everything that you have," she explains. "So the more women in my life the better."