Adele 'flips finger' as speech is cut short at the Brits
I don't understand why I was made to do it, says Corden after hustling singer off-stage for Blur set
ADELE'S triumphant night at the Brits was marred by the controversial decision to cut off her acceptance speech for the night's biggest award – best album for 21 - so that Blur could play out the ITV broadcast.
The 23-year-old singer had barely begun to address the audience having been handed the statuette by George Michael when, to boos from the crowd, host James Corden stepped in and stopped her in her prime.
Visibly upset, Adele just had time to get out the words: "Can I just say, then, goodbye and I'll see you next time round" before giving the finger.
"I flipped the finger but it wasn't to my fans," she explained afterwards. "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."
Corden, acting on instructions from on high, was equally peeved. He said afterwards: "I don't quite understand why I was made to [cut her off]... Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."
As predicted, it was Adele and the singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran who ruled the night. Adele won best British female as well as the album award and gave a punchy performance of Rolling in the Deep. As The Guardian reports, she had been trembling with nerves this time last year before giving her famously mesmerising version of Someone Like You. This time she was "conspicuously more confident".
This was the despite the fact that, as The Daily Telegraph reminds us, she has only recently overcome throat surgery which threatened to cut off her career in its prime.
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won two awards - for best British male solo act and best breakthrough act. He was happy to spend just seconds at the microphone on each occasion, a shy winner compared with the likes of Rihanna (best international female), One Direction (best British single for What Makes You Beautiful) and Bruno Mars (best international male).
Blur, giving their first performance at the Brits in 17 years, picked up the award for outstanding contribution to music before booting Adele off-stage to give what the NME called a "triumphant" five-song set to close out the show.
ITV later issued a statement saying: "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption."
A Brits spokesman added: "We send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short."
THE BRIT AWARDS IN SHORT:
British female solo artist : Adele
International male solo artist: Bruno Mars
Critics' choice: Emeli Sande
Best British single: One Direction, What makes You Beautiful
International female solo artist: Rihanna
British male solo artist: Ed Sheeran
British group: Coldplay
Best international group: Foo Fighters
British breakthrough act: Ed Sheeran
International breakthrough act: Lana Del Rey
Outstanding contribution to music: Blur
British album of the year: Adele