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Adele tops Gaga as leading gay icon

MOVE over Kylie -- Adele is the newest gay icon. The Rolling In The Deep singer picked up thousands of votes in a survey of GaydarRadio listeners.

She won more than half (55pc) of the 4,000 votes for Pop Artist of the Year, while her nearest rival, Lady Gaga, got 18.9pc.

Other winners were rugby star Gareth Thomas who was voted Celebrity of the Year, picking up more than a quarter (27.1pc) of the votes and openly-gay Swedish footballer Anton Hysen who was named Hero of the Year after getting more than a third (36.6pc) of votes.

Robin Crowley, programme controller at the station, said: "Adele has had a fantastic year with numerous Grammys and Brit Awards, but we know that this is the accolade she has been waiting for."

Adele also picked up a string of nominations at the Ivor Novello Awards.

Rolling In The Deep was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, while her album 21 is in the running for Best Album.

She was also nominated for the most perform-ed track of 2011 with Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You.