Adele, fresh from her six Grammy wins last weekend, walked away a winner once again at Tuesday’s Brit Awards for music, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show’s host cut her acceptance speech short.
“I’m so, so proud to be British and to be flying our flag,” she was saying when the show’s host, actor James Corden, cut off her second acceptance speech, prompting the singer to make a rude middle-finger gesture in frustration.
She stressed afterward that it was aimed at industry leaders, not her fans.
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me,” Adele said. “Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don’t want them to think I was swearing at them.”
The show’s broadcaster, ITV, issued a statement apologizing to Adele for cutting her off.
“We regret this happened and we send deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short tonight due to the live show over-running,” ITV said.
“It’s been an amazing year,” Adele said as she received the female artist statuette from petite pop star Kylie Minogue.
“I feel like a drag queen next to you,” joked the winner, who wore a sleek black Burberry gown but towered over Minogue. She thanked her record company “for letting me be the kind of artist I want to be.”
Adele lost out on the British single prize to boy band One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” but took the coveted album of the year award for “21.” The statue was presented by singer George Michael, returning to the stage after suffering life-threatening pneumonia in December.[summarized from CBSnews]