Queen of Brits flips on stage as acceptance speech cut short
Published 22/02/2012 | 05:00
Record-breaking star Adele was crowned the queen of the Brit awards last night -- but saw her big moment ruined when her speech was cut short.
The singer landed two trophies at the event when she collected the Best British Female award as well as the big title of the night, Best Album, for '21'.
But a rambling acceptance speech by earlier winner Damon Albarn meant she was barely able to deliver a speech and she gestured with her middle finger in frustration on-stage.
Adele (23) said the insult was aimed at "the suits", after show host James Corden interrupted her to wind up her words.
Last night's success for the singer followed a triumph at the Grammys little over a week ago when she was the toast of the music world with six trophies.
As she collected the best album prize for '21' -- which has sold almost four million copies in the UK -- the breathless star gushed: "Nothing makes me prouder, yeah, than coming home with six Grammys, then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year.
"I am so so proud to be British and to be flying the flag and to be in the same room as all of you."
But seconds later Mr Corden had to apologise as he forced her triumphant speech to end in a whimper. The star -- who made a show-stopping comeback performance with hit 'Rolling In The Deep' earlier in the show -- then made her rude gesture. A fortnight ago, British singer M.I.A. caused controversy in the US when she too used the insult during a show with Madonna at the Superbowl.
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."
Time appeared to run short when Mr Albarn spent several minutes thanking people who had helped rock act Blur as the band collected their outstanding contribution prize. Adele was forced off to allow the quartet to perform a set of big hits.
The incident upset Mr Corden who said afterward: "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."
Black-clad Adele's appearance at the event had been her major UK comeback after undergoing surgery on her vocal cords in November.
The night's other big winner was Ed Sheeran who also collected two awards. He landed Best British Breakthrough and beat stars such as Professor Green and Noel Gallagher to take Best British Male.
Mr Sheeran -- whose hits have included 'Lego House' and 'The A Team' -- thanked his manager Stuart Camp who he said was responsible for turning the "spotty, chubby, ginger teenager into the person up here tonight".
Adele could have had a third prize but was beaten to the title of Best Single by heartthrob group One Direction for their track 'What Makes You Beautiful'.
The X Factor group -- who came third in the contest -- landed the prize in a public vote.
The band dedicated the award to their fans, with singer Harry Styles adding: "Everything we do is for you, and this is yours."
Dozens of the biggest stars in the music business gathered at the arena in south-east London to celebrate the most important night in the UK music calendar.
Coldplay took the Best British Group title for a third time, following wins in 2001 and 2003. It was their seventh Brit in total.
Bruno Mars took the Best International Male prize, while Rihanna collected the Best International Female for the second year running.
Lana Del Rey fought back tears and thanked her record label in Germany as she collected her Brit Award for Best International Breakthrough. Foo Fighters were named Best International Group.
When Adele collected her first award of the night she acknowledged that it had been an astonishing year.
"It's been an amazing year. Thank you. I'd like to thank my record company for letting me be the kind of artist I want to be."
But in her heels, she doubted her looks matched up to Kylie Minogue, from whom she accepted the trophy, which was designed by pop artist Peter Blake.
Adele joked with Ms Minogue saying: "I feel like a drag queen next to you."