Adele makes history with four prizes at the Brit Awards
Adele made history at the Brit Awards last night by becoming the most successful individual artist in any one year since Blur in 1995.
The 'Hello' singer picked up an impressive four awards at the glittering ceremony held at London's O2 Arena, making her the most successful solo act in any one year.
Coldplay also sealed their place in Brits history after winning best British group, making them the most successful group in that category after winning it four times in total.
"Not bad for a girl from Tottenham," said Adele as she accepted the Global Success Award. The world-conquering diva also took trophies for British female solo artist of the year and British single of the year, for lovelorn ballad 'Hello', and album of the year for global chart-topper '25'.
London-born Adele was cheered to the rafters by a hometown crowd and sent a shoutout to 'Tik Tok' singer Kesha, who is fighting to get out of a contract with record producer Dr Luke, who she says sexually assaulted her.
"I'd like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha," Adele said as she accepted her statuette.
Adele has seen '25' - her first album in almost five years - sell millions of copies around the world, though her performance at last week's Grammy Awards was unsettled when a microphone fell into a piano during the tender song 'All I Ask'.
The singer choked up as she accepted the Global Success Award at the Brits.
"I got really lost for a while - I didn't know if I'd ever come back," she said. "And for you all to be so kind to me..."
Adele sang at the ceremony, which also featured performances from Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Rihanna - joined onstage by Drake for a sultry 'Work'.
Singer-songwriter James Bay was named best British male solo artist, while Justin Bieber was named best international male artist. The 21-year-old Canadian star, who has endured some wayward behaviour and scrapes with the law, thanked his fans, saying "everybody has their own journey. Everybody has their ups and downs."
The prize for best British group went to dependable crowd-pleasers Coldplay. Singer Chris Martin dedicated the award "to all the young men and women musicians in refugee camps around the world. We could be them and they could be us."
The awards - which celebrate international as well as British acts - have been accused of failing to represent the industry's ethnic diversity, in an echo of the debate raging around the Academy Awards. All the British nominees this year are white.
Singer Jack Garratt, winner of the Critics' Choice prize, said "there are a lot of people who are not here who should be here."
"It is a shame that half of UK music has been somehow forgotten about, which is a bit disappointing and a little bit embarrassing to be honest," he said on the red carpet.
US band Eagles Of Death Metal, whose concert was targeted in the November Paris attacks, lost out to Australia's Tame Impala in the international group category.
This year's show was short on surprises but strong on spectacle, with an opening number featuring dozens of dancers in red helmets and skirts that suggested flamenco centurions.
Jets of flame erupted liberally during Bieber's performance of 'Sorry'.
"I thought you were going to set us all on fire, Justin," said Adele.