Adele Wins Big at 2012 BRIT Awards, Flips the Bird on Stage
Fresh off her big win at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Adele continued to add more statuettes to her collection by winning big at this year's BRIT Awards. The "Rumour Has It" singer swept clean her nominations by grabbing a total of two coveted prizes.
Adele won Best British Female, beating Florence and the Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling. "It's been an amazing year," she gushed after receiving the award from Kylie Minogue. "I feel like a drag queen next to you," she jokingly told the presenter who stood tall towering her. She thanked her record label "for letting me be the kind of artist I want to be."
Her second win of the evening was Best British Album. Taking home the kudo through her groundbreaking album "21", she once again bested Florence in addition to pushing aside Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and PJ Harvey.
"Thank you very, very much. Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I'm so proud to be British and to be flying the flag and to be in the same room as all of you," a breathless Adele excitedly said.
Adele, who seemed to have more to say, was approached by host James Corden and asked to cut short her speech. He said, "I'm so so sorry, I can't believe I'm going to do this," to which she replied, "Can I just say, then, goodbye and I'll see you next time round?" Before exiting the stage, she raised her middle finger to the camera.
Another winner, Rihanna, took the stage to collect the coveted Best International Female. She won over Beyonce Knowles, Bjork, Feist and Lady GaGa. The singer, who recently drew controversy for collaborating with her ex Chris Brown, said, "[Thanks to] all my fans who continue to support me no matter what."
Also graciously taking home an award was Lana Del Rey. The Internet sensation, who received a lot of backlash lately for her shaky performance on "Saturday Night Live", was named International Breakthrough Act at the event. She beat Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Foster the People and Nicki Minaj. "This award means much more to me than you know," she said.
Other winners included Coldplay (Best British Group), One Direction (Best British Single), Foo Fighters (Best International Group), and Bruno Mars (Best International Male). Outstanding Achievement Award went to Blur, and Critics' Choice Award was handed to Emeli Sande.
- Best British Male: Ed Sheeran
- Best British Female: Adele
- British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran
- Best British Group: Coldplay
- Best British Single: "What Makes You Beautiful" - One Direction
- Best British Album: "21" - Adele
- Best International Male: Bruno Mars
- Best International Female: Rihanna
- Best International Group: Foo Fighters
- International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey
- Best British Producer: Ethan Johns
- Critics' Choice Award: Emeli Sande
- Outstanding Achievement Award: Blur
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