Tuesday, February 21, 2012

VIDEO: Adele wins big at Brit Awards

Following her recent Grammy sweep, Adele picked up some more hardware Tuesday night at the Brit Awards.

BBC reports Adele snagged Best British Album and Best British Female honors at the event.

Adele's “21” beat records by Coldplay, Florence & The Machine, PJ Harvey and Ed Sheeran to earn the Best British Album award.

In the Best British Female category, Adele beat Jessie J, Florence & The Machine, Kate Bush and last year's winner, Laura Marling.

The evening wasn’t without controversy: After winning Best Album – the key award of the night – Adele told the screaming audience she was "so proud to be British." But despite taking the major honors of the evening, the singer was cut off in her moment of glory and looked peeved as host James Corden interrupted her to make way for Blur because the televised show was running out of time.

A visibly upset Corden told ITV2 afterwards he wished he had not cut off Adele on her big night. "I don't quite understand why I was made to." He said: "I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off. I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."

Backstage, Adele explained: "I flipped the finger but it wasn't to my fans. I'm sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me. Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don't want them to think I was swearing at them."

ITV offered Adele its apologies after her speech was curtailed. A spokesman for the network said: "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately, the program was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologize to Adele for the interruption."

Adele’s performance of “Rolling In The Deep” at the Awards marked her UK live return following last fall’s vocal cord surgery.

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Adele – Rolling In The Deep
2012 Brit Awards
02 Arena – London, UK – February 21, 2012

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